Monday, October 26, 2009

Screamfest LA screening- Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

I was able to screen "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" at this years Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood.

If you remember the original "Cabin Fever" then you know it's what put Director Eli Roth on the map. It centers around some kids in the woods & a virus that infects them.

Well, Writer/Director Ti West took on the idea and though the film is not what he intended to be (as you can listen to him explain in the video below) it is actually a gross out gore film that will make you laugh.

It's a throw-back to the 80's prom thrillers, with cheesy music, your typical High School scenarios & of course lots of blood. Producer Lauren Moews said "I believe this is the most blood ever used in a film." I couldn't tell you if that is accurate, but I can tell you there is a scene that lasts about 10 minutes & it's nothing but blood splatter.

"Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" gives you exactly what you want. Gore, Girls, Blood, Boobs, Characters & Chaos. It's a teenage boy's fantasy film. A film he can get his mom to purchase at Wal-Mart, invite over 10 friends, eat pizza, laugh at the cheesy dialogue, they can all get crazy when they see some breasts flash on the screen & then tell everyone about the film on Monday before 1st period. But if you're over 18, you may want to check your brain at the door.

I'm not saying that's a bad thing. There are a lot of redeemable moments in the film. It's not often I sit though something in a theatre & actually find my self saying "ewww." out loud or laughing for that matter. So good for them for finding a way to mix the humor of High School stupidity & the gross out gore factors of a great B movie.

There is a reprise of two former "Cabin Fever" actors in the sequel. Rider Strong is back for a bit and Giueseppe Andrews keeps the film moving along with his quick banter & high strung energy. The rest of the cast are all newbies from the local High School. Terrific performances from Alexi Wasser, Regan Deal & Rusty Kelley. I believe with out them this film would fall far into the category of unwatchable based on acting alone. I'm glad someone in Casting had the good sense to put them in it.

Unfortunately for all you fans you'll have to wait until February 2010 before you'll be able to see this film. Doesn't look as though Lionsgate has any plans on releasing it theatrically.

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