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'Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever - Unrated'
(Michael Bowen, Giuseppe Andrews, Mark Borchardt, Judah Friedlander, et al / DVD / NR / (2008) 2010 / LGF)

Overview: Days after a killer virus consumed his friends, Paul (Rider Strong) emerges from a ditch by a river - a river that feeds his and their contaminated blood directly to a water bottling plant. One that has already distributed contaminated water to the local high school. Oh, and it's Prom Night!

DVD Verdict: OK, for all those that need to know before even renting this (so-called) sequel ... a) Deputy Winston is indeed back (but he's way more serious); b) Rider Strong is in the movie for less than a minute (and unrecognisable); and c) the Rabbit makes an appearance too!

OK with that all out of the way, let's move on ... it's common knowledge that the original 'Cabin Fever' was enjoyed so much because it had just the right combination of gore, comedy, and quirky characters. This so-called sequel (which it is soooo not!) is just a horror version of some cheesy late night horror B-movie and 'Superbad' lamely combined!

The opening scenes are ok, bloody, and OTT funny. A great animated opening shows us how the contaminated water gets to the school in question. But then, for the next 30 minutes it is a very slow plod into the movie. Mind you, the gluing down of a loose finger nail at around the time things start to get bloody and OTT is so frickin' gross!

That said, aside from an initial swimming pool that has to be seen to be believed, there are plenty of fairly revolting gross out sequences. But most end up to be fake hoses in people's mouth spewing dead straight lines of red liquid at each others faces! As for 30 Rocks Judah Friedlander, well, he gets a quick role as a security guard that doesn't stretch his acting abilities in the slightest!

But, scenes to look out for that will have you looking through the slits in your fingers include the diseased penis, the wood shop, and the hammer to the back of the head! For some reason it turns very 'Army Of Darkness' at the end ... and talking of the ending, well, as people slip away in different directions, so too did any chance of a neat ending, sorry. (FYI: Hang in there until after the credits for a couple of lucky dudes!) This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with Special Features of:

'The Making Of Gore' Featurette
Prom Blows Gore Reel