In my personal opinion, Eli Roth is one of the best directors this genre has to offer. I enjoyed his film Cabin Fever very much. The cast, directing, and gore were amazing and still hold up to this day. With that being said, his film has now spawned two sequels that lower the benchmark each time. The newest being Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, which was directed by Kaare Andrews.
I had very high hopes for this outing and should have probably stayed more reserved instead of psyching myself up for an awesome gorefest on par with Roth’s original film. I saw many ads and reviews, saying it was leaps and bounds better than Spring Fever, which got me even more excited. However, upon watching it I kept saying to myself “okay, so when is it going to get better.” Unfortunately, it just never did.
The effects are decent in attempting to recreate what worked so well in the original, but lack the detail and overall execution of “KNB,” which has become the genre standard in practical effects. The acting is average, but even Sean Astin can only take this script as far as writer Jake Wade Wall was willing to allow in his character development.
If you’re looking for a mindless gore fest, then you might be inclined to say that this is an “okay” film. If, on the other hand, you are a fan of the original or Eli Roth in general, then you will find that this film is as big of a disgrace to his work as Hostel 3… yikes. Steer clear of this one, folks. Let’s just go back to 2002, don’t sit next to Dennis, and don’t drink the water… just don’t.
I give this film 1 bloody twat out of 5.