Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Movie Review
Written by Richelle Charkot
Released by Image Entertainment
Directed by Kaare Andrews
Written by Jade Wade Wall
2014, 91 minutes, Not Rated
VOD release on June 26th, 2014 | Theatrical and iTunes release on August 1st, 2014
Sean Astin as Porter
Currie Graham as Dr. Edwards
Ryan Donowho as Dobbs
Brando Eaton as Josh
Jillian Murray as Penny
Mitch Ryan as Marcus
Claudette Lali as Katia
I normally fare pretty well with gory movies. Cannibal Holocaust? No problem, I didn't even flinch. Human Centipede 2? Hah, child's play. So, when I sat down to watch Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, I defied its ability to gross me out, I thought, like so many before it, that I would remain stoic in the sight of gore. Fortunately for me (or unfortunately, depending on where you stand with gruesome movies), I was so indescribably uncomfortable during this film; squirming in my seat, looking away, feeling queasy, and for all the right reasons. This film is fun, it's not meant to be taken too seriously, and it is downright disgusting.
Marcus and Katia are two lovers who excitedly await their wedding, and although the straight-laced Marcus made no plans for debauchery on his 'final night of freedom,' with the persuasion of his friends, he leaves Katia behind for the night and embarks on a Caribbean bachelor cruise to a presumably uninhabited island. Although the friends requested that the island they go to be virgin, they realize as they approach that there is a large building on it, to which the local man who is operating the boat insists, "Nobody's home." Upon arrival, the troupe takes part in the standard beach party behaviour; doing drugs, having sex, drinking as much alcohol as possible and taking the occasional hike with accompanying pre-wedding jitters conversation. After a scuba dive in unknowingly contaminated water, two members of the party become infected by a flesh eating virus, and the rest of the group explore the building that they thought was abandoned in search of aid, where they find a research facility that is facing similar skin melting hardships.
The Cabin Fever films have historically had an air of campiness to them, such as the unforgettably ludicrous "PANCAKES!" scene in the first instalment, which is something to take into consideration when watching Patient Zero. If someone went into this film expecting a serious or dramatic outbreak film then they are going to be sorely disappointed, but if someone went into this film expecting an amusing, gross and excessive film then they should have no problem having fun while watching this movie. The dialogue is often ridiculous, especially where it plays with the stereotypically overdramatic tension and slathered medical jargon in infection films. The special effects and prosthetics are realistic and disgusting, which is especially so in a scene where two characters, Josh and Penny, are in the midst of intimacy after they've both been infected, but are unaware of how bad their afflictions are. I nearly gagged at the resulting bloodbath and excitedly jumped to my phone to text someone about the horrifying and memorable scene that I had just watched. This film is to be taken with a grain of salt, it is not meant to be particularly serious. If you are looking for gore and an uncomplicated plot, then look no further than Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.