Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero
I'm a massive fan of Eli Roth and I loved the first Cabin Fever movie. I was slightly disappointed by Ti West's sequel, the director himself admits that had the studio not tampered with it the final product would have been a much different and far better movie. I still enjoyed the crazy over-the-top gore of it but I would love to see a director's cut of it some day. So when I heard there was going to be a Cabin Fever 3 I was excited, even more so when I heard it was going to be a prequel to the original and show the origins of the disease. The man to take the helm of Cabin Fever 3 - Kaare Andrews is a name familiar to most hardcore comic geeks worldwide (myself included) as he has worked on many of Marvel's main titles such as Spider-man,X-men and Wolverine. He has also directed quite a few short films including a segment for The ABCs Of Death in 2012, his "V Is For Vagitus" was definitely one of the more interesting segments. In 2010 he directed his debut feature film "Altitude" starring Jessica Lowndes (Autopsy,90210) which doesn't get half the credit it deserves in my opinion. It plays out like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone if it were written by Lovecraft and I'm sure it will gather a minor cult following with time. Cabin Fever 3:Patient Zero stars Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings,The Goonies), Mitch Ryan (One Tree Hill), Brando Eaton (Dexter, American Horror Story), Ryan Donowho (The O.C.,Altitude) and the beautiful Jillian Murray (Forget Me Not,The Graves,Bad Ass)
The film begins in a research facility on a small isolated Caribbean island where dozens of scientists are busy trying to figure out and control an outbreak of an unknown flesh eating virus. Porter (Sean Astin) has been taken against his will and imprisoned in the facility while the scientists do experiments on him trying to figure out why thus far he is the only person infected with the virus who hasn't died from it. He seems to be immune , is he the cause or the cure? Meanwhile on the mainland (not sure which country) a wedding is taking place. Marcus (Mitch Ryan) is getting married to Kate who comes from a wealthy background and isn't too overjoyed that Marcus' brother Josh (Brando Eaton),his girlfriend Penny (Jillian Murray) and his best friend Dobs (Ryan Donowho) are there to celebrate the wedding with them. When his friends decide to bring Marcus on a belated bachelor party yacht cruise his wife-to-be gladly gives him her blessing. So the four friends packed with booze and weed get the yacht's captain to set sail to a nearby isolated paradise island where they intend to party the night away, unlucky for them they pick the same island that has the disease research facility on it and whoever was in charge didn't do a great job of containing the disease within the walls of the facility. When Josh and Penny go for a swim Penny witnesses a mass underwater grave full of dead fish and body parts and soon afterwards she becomes sick. After this we get a scene between Penny and Josh that is similar to the love scene between Ryder Strong and Jordan Ladd in the original Cabin Fever - that one ended badly for everyone , this one ends worse.... and a lot more gross! As Penny is getting sicker and beginning to rot, the guys decide to go to the nearby research facility to see if they can get help there. When they eventually get inside they realize that something has gone terribly wrong and they bump into a few very infected and some not so infected survivors who are trying to get out of the facility and escape the island, and the only way off the island is the dinghy the four friends came on.....
Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero was good fun; I enjoyed it a lot more than "Spring Fever" and almost as much as Eli Roth's original. A good screenplay by Jake Wade Wall who previously penned the remakes of "When A Stranger Calls" and "The Hitcher" but also wrote the 2008 creepy clown anthology "Amusement". Kaare Andrews seems to be growing better and better as a director and I hope to see him do more genre work in the future, maybe Marvel Studios might even hire him as he obviously knows his stuff when it comes to comics. The fairly unknown cast did a good job, especially those who had to perform under heavy make-up. I was wondering where I recognized Jillian Murray from when IMDB informed me that she was one of the hot Graves sisters in the fairly crappy 2009 film "The Graves", I hope to see more from her in the future. What stood out the most for me was the effects by Vincent J. Guastini - the gore was impeccable, probably the best looking of the series so far. One cool scene involving two highly infected women literally tearing each other apart features some great effects and the funniest use of a big black dildo I have ever witnessed outside of porn. The main themes in the film, much like the first two films are the breakdown of relationships, trust and survival - basically, how quickly would you kill your best friend or leave your girlfriend behind if it meant saving your own ass? I'm not too sure myself but it is fun to watch how others react while you witness all the gory details, even if it is only a film. The film's finale was a little confusing but it did leave it wide open for another entry in the series which I hope happens soon. I need my fix of rotting flesh, slimy puss and over-the-top gory fun a.s.a.p.