CABIN FEVER 2: SPRING FEVER (2009) – The Dungeon Review!

Sequels are a scary business. They so seldom live up to their predecessor. I wasn’t going to bother with Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever as I felt kinda lukewarm about the first one. I decided to give it a crack anyway after reading some positive reviews. It is clear that Ti West likes his 80’s films. This is the 3rd film I’ve seen Directed by West and all three films have some screamingly 80’s touches. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever has a love triangle and a musical montage, two big time staples from the decade. And much like a good chunk of the horror from the 80’s it has a laser thin plot and relies heavily on the gore for its entertainment value. This isn’t a bad thing if you enjoy the gore of course. The film doesn’t take itself seriously for a second and when it gets going it does not let up. There is pus o’plenty, buckets of blood and a few other nasty surprises.

The film begins where the first Cabin Fever ends. Paul manages to pull his rotting and infected body out of the water where he had been dumped previously by one Deputy Winston. He struggles to make it to the road only to be hit by a bus. Of course it is none other than Deputy Winston who gets called to the scene. He tells the bus driver he hit a moose and sends him on his way. After witnessing a water truck driver’s death in the local cafe the deputy puts two and two together and comes to the realization that dumping that body in the local water supply may not have been a good idea. It turns out the town’s large Bottled Water Company is engaging in less than hygienic manufacturing practices and the water continues to ship all over town, including the nearby high school. Meanwhile, the nearby high school is preparing for the prom and there will be lots of bottled water on hand to quench their thirsts. Needless to say, this does not bode well for Prom Night.

The film opens lively with a messy death before we even get credits! The credits run over an animated sequence that helps move the story along. I use the word “story” very lightly here. It hits the brakes big time to take us on a tour in the day of the life of high school student John. It is quickly established that John has been in love with Cassie since they were kids. The problem is, she’s dating the biggest doucebag in school. And there we have our teenage love triangle. Along for the ride is John’s awkward, joker best friend Alex, because what movie revolving around teenagers doesn’t have this guy? It doesn’t take long to get going, but I still got quickly impatient with the high school part of the film. The central characters are alright, or at least they weren’t overly irritating, but they just sorta exist. I didn’t really give a damn one way or the other who lived or who died, I just wanted them to get on with it already. These central characters do get a lot more fun to watch after the shit hits the fan. The parallel storyline featuring Deputy Winston helped break up the monotony of the high school setting somewhat and was mildly amusing at times. Winston is not the brightest bulb, and he is a weird skinny little dude who seems like he would be much more comfortable sitting in someone’s basement doing a bong hit. Larry Fessenden and Judah Friedlander appear briefly during the deputy’s story and both die quickly.

Lots and lots of people die in Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. Most die fairly quickly and spit up a lot of blood. A few die slower, uglier deaths, which I won’t divulge. There is lots of spitting up of blood and a few ugly, pus-filled sores too. The effects looked good and are appropriately disgusting. One of the teachers sports a notably impressive harelip effect. This film is getting most of its points for the gory details. In fact, without the gore, I would have failed this film. It is clear from the get go what is going to happen here so there are no surprises in this paper thin plot. The surprises are strictly gore-related. I find very little else here to compliment otherwise, but there were a few little tidbits. I really liked the animated sequences at the beginning and end of the film. I also really liked the second ending. After the central characters story is tied up, we are whisked away to a strip club. This segment is completely unnecessary but it ties up a loose end. It’s nasty and sleazy and yes, unnecessary, but it rather tickled me.

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever is not for anyone who needs a story, snappy, funny or clever dialog, suspense, scares or intensity. This film is fluff. But it’s energetic fluff with nudity and plenty of blood and gore. There really is nothing else here; it is strictly about the gore. But it’s fun when it gets going and it has a few memorable gags. Recommended with warning.

Dungeon Rating: 3/5

Directed By: Ti West

Starring: Michael Bowen, Rider Strong, Noah Segan, Alexander Isaiah Thomas, Alexi Wasser, Rusty Kelley, Marc Senter, Giuseppe Andrews, Mark Borchardt, Regan Deal, Judah Friedlander, Larry Fessenden, Amanda Jelks, Thomas Blake Jr., Angela Oberer

8 Responses to “CABIN FEVER 2: SPRING FEVER (2009) – The Dungeon Review!”

  1. I’m not overly fond of these movies, but I have to say I at least like the sounds track from the first movie. It has two songs from my current favorite band, Rasputina. If you haven’t heard of them before, go to Youtube and look up some of their songs. I especially recommend Gingerbread Coffin, Holocaust of Giants, and Diamond Mind. The best way to describe them is experimental Chamber Rock.

    • Candace-I am so out of touch musically it is ridiculous. I worked in record stores for most of the 90’s which is probably the last decade I bought any new music. Well, that is not entirely true, I think I bought a Gogol Bordello CD and I think I have one White Stripes CD. It’s sad. I’ll it check out when I get home tonight (no sound at work…the bastards!).

  2. Hey G2! I’m glad you reviewed this — we pretty much meet eye-to-eye on this one (especially “I really liked the animated sequences at the beginning and end of the film”), but I would give it a hearty 4 to account for its wicked sense of humour.

    Sad I didn’t get to see you review Through the Looking Glass — I was keeping my eyes peeled for that one! 🙂 Maybe another time and place.

    • G3-I haven’t given up on the idea of reviewing some of those horror-porn titles by any means! Finding them to rent locally has been impossible. But some are available to buy pretty cheap, and I found one or two that I could watch online also. It’s a cumming…eventually.

  3. The Film Reel Says:

    Sounds like you felt about the same way as I did about this movie. A flimsy story held together by long strings of bloody mess. It satisfied the gorehound in me!

  4. Sounds like a lot of fun but I really didn’t like the first movie. I just don’t think skin disease and its associated nastiness in horror movies floats my boat.

  5. Gogol Bordello is awesome and White Stripes too. 🙂 You should check out the Raconteurs if you like White Stripes (Jack White’s in it), and if you like the weird silliness that is Gogol Bordello, you’ll love Rasputina and probably Voltaire if you hadn’t heard of him before. You should also check out Theodor Bastard on Youtube… It’s a “German Industrial” band so you won’t be able to understand a word they say, BUT their videos are something else. You really have to see them to understand. Creepy! Pustota is a god place to start, but all their videos are freaky fun oddities.

    Look at me turning your movie blog into an indie music blog. lol

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