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  • It appears that the water in this hick town goes straight from the lake into your faucet. Purification? Filtration? Municipal water treatment? What's these newfangled whatchamacallits ya'll be footlin' about?
    • It's equally clear that the locals are well aware of the little flesh-eating virus that lives in their lake. WHY THE HELL DON'T THEY TELL ANY OTHER PEOPLE? Especially tourists!
    • It also appears that the bottled-water company takes this infected water straight from the lake into many plastic bottles for public consumption. Meeting public health and safety standards, in a horror movie? Pffft!
    • In a great many rural, wooded vacation spots, lake water is pumped directly into cabins and other camps. Oh, they sometimes test water to see if it's safe, but it's all part of the Fridge Horror of vacationing.
      • Yeah, but generally that's only for things like watering your garden or washing your clothes. Potable water would still come from wells, and be tested for contaminants annually.
      • I imagine that in such cases, tourists would be warned not to drink the water straight from the tap without boiling it first. Especially in the United States where tap water is usually potable; that's just asking for a legal lawsuit.
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    • Maybe the locals have built up an immunity (what with living near the flesh-eating virus) for so long. That would help explain Winston the Karma Houdini Cop too.
      • Isn't it established that the disease has only just infected the lake? It was a bacteria the animals caught and Henry then caught it from their blood splashing onto him. He then ran off and fell into the reservoir, which is where the water in the cabins comes from. The disease originally seemed to be in the blood but when the blood was absorbed into the water, that became how the infection was passed on.
    • Roth's roots are rooted in Troma. While this movie is less obvious about being absurd, it does have elements clearly derived from Troma, such as the characters of Burt, Winston, the shop owner, etc. The movie not only isn't supposed to be taken seriously but frustrating to make sense of.
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    • In the prequel, the virus can remain infectious even in ocean salt water. It might as well be magical. Boiling or filtration or sterilizing will do nothing.
  • Which one of the protagonists actually catches the disease first? It seems to be a toss-up whether Paul or Marcy gets it before the other one, but who would they get it from?
    • Marcy had the disease first and then gave it to Paul when she slept with him. Hence the sinister soundtrack whilst they were doing it, and Paul's pointless comment that they weren't using a condom, just so the audience is clear that the disease is being spread around here. Marcy was obviously the first infected because she starts showing symptoms much earlier - namely, the rashes on her back. As for how she caught this disease, the most likely answer is from a cup of tea she drank in the cabin. An earlier scene showed an ominous, lingering shot of a cup of tea she left on the table. Another possible answer is from a bath she said she was going to take after the romp.
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    • Karen gets it from the glass of water Paul gives her the morning after Henry is killed. Burt gets it from drinking the water the next night ("Burt you just lost the bet"). Marcy getting it from a cup of tea would be a bit odd if the water was boiled - shouldn't the infection be gone then? She could have gotten the infection from inhaling the fumes from one of her many baths. She also mentions that she washed all the plates after Karen's infection was discovered. Pretty much anything she ate off the plates would have infected her. Paul either got it off Marcy when he had sex with her or from when he washed his hands after feeling up Karen.
      • There are bacteria such as Hyperthermophiles that can survive boiling.
      • The water may not have boiled long enough to kill the infection, either.
  • It's made quite clear in the early part of the movie that Paul came on the trip intending to close the deal with Karen. So how come, when Marcy needed one last ride before check-out, and didn't care who it was with, Paul is asking her whether she has any condoms? Shouldn't he have brought some on holiday himself for his carefully planned hook up with Karen? Or was he actually hoping to put her in the family way?
    • Is doubly confusing because Paul made a point of advising Jeff and Marcy to have "safe sex" when he accidentally walked in on them at the start of the movie. What, it's not okay for Jeff and Marcy to mix bodily fluids, but it's fine for him to leave Karen a souvenir?
    • Condoms are a bit of a mood killer. Paul and Marcy doing it was a bit of a spur-of-the-moment thing. If you're up, a lot of people don't want to put a condom on and risk 'going down'. If Paul had them, he probably didn't want to go all the way to his room to search for them so he was just asking if Marcy had them in the room.
  • Paul bravely tends to Karen, who is clearly infected, covered with bleeding wounds and puking blood without so much as a hint of concern for his own welfare. Mere minutes later, he takes the extremely painful step of washing his penis in Listerine because he'd just had bareback sex with seemingly-healthy Marcy. Considering that Marcy was the least obvious threat to his health that morning, it seems like a huge overreaction. Although, to be fair, Marcy did in fact infect him this way, so we might be able to chalk this one up to Paul being smart.
    • He was paranoid about the infection. He'd just had unprotected sex, with a deadly virus floating around. He just didn't want to take any chances. Though why he thought pouring mouthwash on his penis would help...
    • He poured Listerine, which was originally sold as a surgical antiseptic, was used as a cure for gonorrhea, and has many cleaning/disinfecting qualities outside of mouthwash. You could do a lot worse to try to kill bacteria with.
      • Yeah, but wouldn't the virus be inside his penis at that point? I doubt washing off the outside of your penis is particularly effective...
      • Depends on whether it can infect a person through skin pores. Also, whether or not he took a leak right after having sex, which could flush out any pathogens inside the urethra before they had time to affect him.

  • In Cabin Fever 2, who exactly is the kid that gets his face smashed in with a Fire Extinguisher?
    • Towards the end, right after Alex dies and the 2 are stuck in the shop classroom, Cassie's ex-boyfriend Marc appears outside the door and begs to be let in. While he's screaming at them to let him in, a kid tries to attack him. They get into a fight and Marc smashes his head in with a fire extinguisher. But, my question is, who exactly is that kid? He never appears in the film before this scene, and evidently he has some bad blood with Marc. Who is he? Why is he attacking Marc? I know there's a bunch of extras who are there just to die and throw up blood. But, he's not a random kid who dies from the disease, he's murdered by Marc for no inexplicable reason. But who is he?
    • Nobody special. Just a handy opportunity to show how dangerously-much Marc has lost it.

  • Who are the guys in hazmat suits killing kids at the end?
    • So, the main antagonists of the film (aside from the disease) are these guys in Hazmat suits. Who are these people? Are they cops? The movie never explains it. And, why this specific high school's prom?

  • How does Andy (the long-haired redneck) actually die?
    • One thing I could never figure out was how exactly does Andy die? He kills Bert, then Paul hits him in the face...with something (seriously, what the hell was that. It looks like a purse). His mouth and nose are shown bleeding but does that actually kill him? It doesn't seem like it would.
      • I believe that the weapon Paul uses is a canteen. Assuming it was filled with water at the time, it would've hit Andy's face with considerable force. Head traumas are notoriously unpredictable but always have the potential to be deadly. What we see on screen suggests that he was stunned by the blow at the very least. It also could've initiated a slow bleed on his brain which, left untreated, may have killed him over the course of several hours. Even if he had recovered from the initial stunning, Paul presumably locked him in the cellar, leaving him trapped and unable to get his head injuries treated.
      • Confirmed, there is a deleted scene showing Paul toss Andy into the basement/cellar and another deleted scene showing the police, after killing Jeff and burning the other bodies, shooting up the basement, and lighting it on fire. Though it is unknown if Andy was already dead or not. Also, the weapon Paul uses kind of looks like a shovel to me when in slow motion. It's hard to tell since it's only on screen for about 3 seconds.
  • Who is this Lucille person Tommy refers to when Dennis bites Bert?
    • In the Pancakes scene, after Dennis bites Bert, his dad, Tommy, comforts him. Then starts to yell at Bert "You being sick, that's YOUR problem. But if Dennis is sick, that's my problem. And if I get sick, then that's Lucille's problem" Who is Lucille? That's what the subtitles say he says. There is no character named Lucille in the movie (There is one in Cabin Fever 2, who ironically serves Winston PANCAKES. But it still doesn't fix any confusion). But if he's not saying Lucille, what the heck is he saying? The Seal?
    • Presumably Lucille is an unseen character, whether she be Tommy's wife/daughter/sister/cousin/friend/employee, but Roth neglected to show her and thus confusion is created.
  • What is "The Kit"?
    • After the "Pancakes" scene, Tommy calls out a man named Fenster and tells him about the kids and the disease. He says they need 'The Kit'. During the chase scene, he is shown lugging around a wooden box. And before Paul stabs him in the ear, he is shown trying to jostle open "The Kit". Is it a weapon? Is it a cure for the disease (if it was, why wouldn't he just use it on the Infected Dennis)? I mean, I get Fenster is supposed to be stupid, but it's weird.

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