I strongly disliked Kaare Andrews’ feature directorial debut, Altitude, which is why I found myself hesitant to get behind Cabin fever: Patient Zero, which is allegedly already out(?) in some countries, with a UK and Canadian release coming this March.
Anyways, Bloody reader ‘Dominik’ writes in from Germany with the first ever review of the prequel to Eli Roth’s indie masterpiece in which a yacht full of young partygoers stumble upon a research facility. When symptoms of a flesh eating disease appear, the countdown is on to find help.
Sean Astin, Brando Eaton, Lydia Hearst, Gillian Murray, Ryan Donowho and Mitch Ryan star in the prequel that’s still seeking U.S. distribution. It’s truly bizarre that it’s already out overseas but not even announced here in the States? I hope you have an all region player – if you even want to see it after this review.
REVIEW BY: DOMINIK
This is Dominik and I am writing in to Bloody Disgusting (the best horror website in the world) with my thoughts on the German release of the new Cabin Fever movie.
The worst thing about Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is the cast, which ruins the film’s believability. Not only are the main characters just poorly written, buy the scientists are wearing hilarious costumes and look to be no older than 22 years old. The government lets a bunch of kids run a top secret facility with a virus in containment? Not to mention they’re terrible at their jobs in containing it.
Even Sean Astin’s role as “patient zero” is wasted as he interacts with only a 20-year-old scientist with giant boobs and another teen doctor, while all the action takes place on the beach’s shore.
This is one of the worst horror movies I’ve seen in recent years mostly because it isn’t fun. It tells us audience members that it’s supposed to be a good time (like when a guy goes down on a girl and comes up with a mouth full of blood), but the directing and acting is tedium and nauseating. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is boring, stupid, and awful.
The only redeeming factor to is the film’s outrageously bloody effects work that range from arms being pulled completely off, to faces being smashed to bits.
For a film wanting to reboot the franchise, they sure as hell found a way to infect it with a virus that rots from the inside out. Avoid Patient Zero before you become infected…with boredom.