15 September 2020 | filipemanuelneto
For gore fans it will be very good. For everyone else... put the popcorn aside.
I don't usually date my reviews, but to check the date I'm writing its enough to see that the theme of this film - a global pandemic - has never seemed as actual as it has been. Of course, the current pandemic is not even similar to what this film shows, and thank goodness!
This film is the sequel to "Cabin Fever", which showed how a carnivorous virus unexpectedly appears in a rural area and begins to make victims. This film follows that story and reveals how a mineral water brand will export the virus inside each of its bottles and spread the virus everywhere, starting with a high school prom where Paul, who was never lucky with girls, will try to get the attention of a girl he likes but who already has a boring boyfriend.
I'm not a fan of gore, but this sequence seemed to me quite well articulated with the first film even though it is far from a masterpiece and is full of problems common to most films of this horror genre: focused on the most graphic scenes, uses and abuses alcohol and female nudity, so appealing to teenagers, and their characters are so one-dimensional and cliché that we don't mind seeing them die. But this film was never even thought to be good... just to sell and please an audience that already knows what it will find: simple and light entertainment, blood and bodies falling apart. And here the movie will really know how to shock, so I strongly advise against popcorn.
I don't know if the cast is really worth talking about. There are no big names here, as it is easy to imagine. Anyway... Personally I would positively highlight the return of Rider Strong to the character he had already done in the first film. The actor is not brilliant but does a satisfactory job. Alexi Wasser is good enough but it didn't catch my attention and the chemistry with Strong was poorly achieved and not very credible. The rest will dance according to the music, but it does not stand out particularly. Most are there to die.
Technically, it is a low-budget film that, nonetheless, tried to make the most of the special effects involving blood and pieces of human bodies, with some good results that will surely turn many people's guts. The makeup team also deserves a praise for the good work. Cinematography fulfills its role, but without anything that seems worth noting. The sets and costumes are more or less what we could be expecting in a movie in an ordinary environment.