Movie Review: 'Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero'

Movie Review: 'Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero'

When it comes to melodramatic, campy horror films with ludicrous sex scenes and B-movie foolishness, Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero is right up there with the worst of them — but in a good way.

Published August 1, 2014



When it comes to melodramatic, campy horror films with ludicrous sex scenes and B-movie foolishness, Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero is right up there with the worst of them — but in a good way. The third installment and prequel of the cheese-ball series, directed by Kaare Andrews , is strictly for its genre. Don't expect Silence of the Lambs or The Exorcist . Starring Sean Astin (of Goonies fame), Cabin Fever 3 is the kind of flick you watch with friends, tossing popcorn in each other's mouths and laughing at every haphazard scenario.

With decent special effects, Cabin Fever 3 is not a bore, which is about all you can ask for in horror. The plot, too, is interesting enough — better than many bigger-budget blockbusters. The night before a wedding in the Dominican Republic, the groom and his three friends travel to a random island for a bachelor party. Who knows why  twenty somethings would want to be on a deserted island for a party, but this is horror movie land.  We can quickly determine that something in the water ain't clean, and a flesh-eating virus infects two members of the group. Yet, they still managed to get their freak on, even with limbs falling off ... sexy! On the hunt for help, the groom and his BFF find a medical facility where the virus has wreaked havoc due to Patient Zero, who we see in the opening scene. They must find their way off the island and Patient Zero is hellbent on escaping with them.

Cabin Fever 3 includes acceptable plots twists, funny one-liners (my favorite line, a "nurse" tells a woman whose face is falling off, "I think you need a referral!") and a solid, horror flick ending.  Obviously, this is not a great film and it isn't supposed to be, but Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero more or less does its job of delivering equal parts laughter and fright.

Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero is in theaters and on iTunes today.

Written by Clay Cane

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