Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever 2009
Director: Ti West
Writer: Joshua Malkin
Starring Rider Strong, Noah Segan, Alexi Wasser, Rusty Kelley, Marc Senter, Giuseppe Andrews, Michael Bowen, Regan Deal, Judah Friedlander and Larry Fessenden
The original Cabin Fever is one of the crowning achievements in horror films in the past 10 years and a sequel had a lot to give up too and this one delivers. In just terms of sickness and depravity it really pays off. It also gives you lots of sex and gore to keep the horror fanatics such as myself happy. The film also pays homage to many other classic fright films like Carrie and Night of the Creeps. From the beginning the film seems to top each scene with the next one. This is a film that is a gore hound’s delight and also has a sick twisted sense of humor that will keep you revisiting the movie. This film is shot expertly and never makes the viewer lose a beat. The cast is excellent and the story just easily flows till the ending. My only complaint is it needed a more solid ending, it just seemed like it stopped and there was not an actual denouement. But with that, this is a fun horror film that any self respecting fan of 70s and 80s horror will love.
The plot basics are this, it opens immediately after the ending of the original film with Paul (Strong) carrying the virus and floating down the river, he contaminates the river and the water reaches a local water bottling plant that starts using it for their bottled spring water. We meet John (Segan) and Alex (Kelley) who really want to go to the prom but do not have dates. John has a problem with a bully Marc (Senter) over the girl of his dreams Cassie (Wasser) and after a showdown e ultimately decides to go to the prom. The problem is everyone has been drinking the water and is now falling apart and the Government shows up to quarantine the school so now John and Cassie have to find a way out of the school and not to get infected.
This is a excellently done horror film. West’s direction is tight and he really shines the camera on all the grotesque carnage that happens. I especially liked the school bus scene that was really gloriously icky. He also does a great job of directing the cast; they all have great chemistry on screen. The script is tight as well. It has a great sense of humor in it and it is all quite twisted which works with the film’s tone. I especially loved the return of Deputy Winston, his character was a hoot as always. The cast was superb; Segan was a great lead who really manned up at the end. Kelley as his buddy had most of the comic relief and he had great delivery. Wasser was a pretty and capable romantic lead. Senter as always was a evil bastard and I always enjoy watching him work. The supporting roles by Bowen and Friedlander were great as always too, Andrews return as Winston was my favorite role in the film he just was funny as hell with every moment he was on screen. The SFX and effects in the film were great; I especially loved the school bus splat and the oozing penis bits. The music in the film was trendy and edgy and really conveyed the tone of the film. This is a film that never has a dull moment and gives you lots of great and sick payoffs, well worth seeing.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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