*Note: This year for our annual 31 Days of Halloween marathon of horror movie reviews, rather than write about old favorites, we're focusing on modern horror films that haven't had a wide theatrical release. So for the entire month of October, we will be dealing with horror fare that you can find in the “New Release” section of Netflix or (if you still have one) your local video store. So instead of nostalgic appreciations and recommendations, this promises to be more of a “the good, the bad, and the ugly” kind of affair. Hopefully more good than bad and ugly, but that remains to be seen.
Review by Bob Ignizio
It is by no means a new development that any moderately successful horror movie will beget at least one sequel, probably more. So it should come as no surprise that CABIN FEVER, Eli Roth's 2002 directorial debut, has become a franchise. It should also come as no surprise to anyone familiar with how these things go that the follow-ups lack whatever merits the original film might have had. Even with a gifted director like Ti West at the helm, CABIN FEVER 2: SPRING FEVER was all but unwatchable (although to be fair, the producers recut West's film so extensively that he asked to have his name removed, a request that was denied). I don't know if CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO director Kaare Andrews asked to have his name removed as well, but if I were him I probably would have.