Fans of body horror will be happy to know there’s a new film coming with more views of gory insides than pretty faces. Directed by Kaare Andrews (“The ABCs of Death”) and written by Jake Wade Wall, “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero” (a prequel to 2010’s “Cabin Fever”) tells the fairly conventional story of a group of attractive friends looking for a relaxing vacation in the Caribbean only to instead–to their dismay and our delightful horror– find their guts on the sand. It costars relative unknowns Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, and Lydia Hearst.
“Patient Zero” combines the usual narrative of young people being gruesomely murdered in isolated places with that of a deadly virus outbreak. Cannibals and sadistic killers are nowhere in sight; the characters are rather terrorized by a flesh-eating virus that has contaminated the waters in which they take their lovely vacation swims. Paralleled with their story is that of Sean Astin’s creepy test subject, locked up in a lab as, predictably, both the cause and antidote to the problem. How anyone will survive this impossibly bad situation?
“Cabin Fever: Patient Zero” will be released on VOD on June 26 and available on iTunes and in theaters on August 1. Check out the trailer below: