Five friendsMarcy,Bert,Karen,Paul,and Jeff leave the city for a mountain get-way and a renting a cabin in the hills. But after Bert goes shooting for squirrels but instead shoots a hermit with a flesh eating disease,(He got from his dog) begging for Berts help. Bert promise him help but lies and runs back to the cabin. Later that night after getting doped and drunk, the hermit comes to the cabin. But the friends in panic, kill the man. But when the man dies in the reservoir and Karen drinks the water, her skin is oddly being ate away. The friends send her into a shed outside the cabin. But one by one - Not knowing about the dead man in the reservoir - become infected with the disease.
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When are the young adult characters in American movies going to learnthat no matter how smart and sophisticated they think they are, there'salways something shocking to be revealed and learned when you 'lift arock' in the country. Underneath all those 'rocks' are a lot of thingsthat squirm and bite. These often-dangerous things have absolutely norespect for smug, cynical and foul-mouthed college-aged friends lookingfor Spring-Break adventures out in the middle of Nowhere-Woods.I found this film thoroughly enjoyable, albeit very often frighteninglydisturbing. There's a lesson to be learned here, and I'm not speakingas one of your parents when you were a teenager (or college student). Imust accept what I see and hear in this little horror movie, especiallysince I discovered that the director himself (Eli Roth)was onceinfected with a similar type of flesh-eating bacteria when working inanother country.The plot devices, production values and techniques used in this movieharken back to 1970s horror films such as "Deliverance," "The TexasChainsaw Massacre" and "The Hills Have Eyes," among countless others.There's even a touch of the old 1968 horror film, George A. Romero's"Night of the Living Dead." I guess the only thing left for me to say now is: if you get thirsty orneed to wash, please, for cornsake, boil the water you're going todrink or use. How smart do you have to be to know this?
This movie was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. completely andutterly pointless.I was looking for a good horror film and made the mistake of reading arecommendation for this film in someones "best of horror" list here onI.M.D.B. I will not be considering any other movies on that list forviewing. This was essentially a movie about a severe case of the flu.One of my pet peeves about a bad movie is what the characters do inunusual circumstances that NORMAL people in the exact same situationwould not do. In this movie there are many, many instances where Ifound myself laughing at the absurdity of the main characters choiceswhen other clear and OBVIOUS choices were available to them. But thenthe characters lack of common sense is perfect for a movie of this sortsince it serves the purpose of advancing the mindless script. One suchexample found a woman riddled with the "Cabin Fever" shaving her not sopretty "Cabin Fever" legs. Another had two of the main characters"making out" while one of their friends was under quarantine,deteriorating in a shed from the cabin "bug". Nice, huh? Another thingI found irritating was the predictability throughout the movie. On afew occasions I was calling out the outcome before it even happened tothe point that my son, who was watching it with me, kept insisting thatI had seen the movie before. I had to assure him that Dad was havingthe hardest time watching it right then and there let alone having satthrough it once before. This movie is easily one of the worst horrorfilms (or any other genre for that matter) that I have ever seen. Icould have done better. Makes me think that I should have been a filmdirector instead of a "can jockey" at the neighborhood grocer.
*Possible Spoilers* Sure the acting wasnt fantastic, the plot wasridiculous, and the characters were brainless, but what the hell do youexpect from a movie of this type?? This movie wasnt meant to be scary. Itgoes along with many of the horror flicks of the 80's, such as the Fridaythe 13th series and the later sequels of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Nobodyin their right mind is scared by these movies, if they are a trip to apsychiatrist couldnt hurt. They are meant to be a funny, sex/nudity filledadrenaline rush. For those of you who thought that this movie wasnt gory, it makes me wonderif you shouldnt be checking into your local psych ward. This film was fullof splattering, spewing, squirting blood. There was flesh rotting off ofbodies, severed limbs, heads, and feet. There were beatings, bodies shot todeath, skin torn off a leg with a razor, and one character was torn topieces by a dog. What else do you want from a film, exploding bodies?Chopped up organs? Maybe the graphic systematic slaughter of children?? Iswear there are some true psychos among us!!! I would say that nearly 200 F-bombs are dropped in this film, a bitexcessive, but actually pretty close to reality when considering the source,a group of 5 college students. The nudity, all of which is credited toCerina Vincent is a nice addition for the young male viewers. The end of themovie is rather satisfying as nearly every character in the film either dieshorribly or will die horribly shortly after the film comes to a close.Sure some absurd content was added, such as the kung fu by the littleboy/girl, the murderous rampage of the lead character at the end, and thewhole inclusion of the party animal cop who weakened the already frailcredibility of the film, but overall it was a mission accomplished.
"Cabin Fever" is an atrociously bad movie, not even one of those filmsthat are so bad that they are actually fun to watch. It is not evenenjoyable as a bad camp movie. Seriously, I do not think you could makea sillier film, even if you try to. Not that I expected any kind ofhorror masterpiece, but frankly, there is no excuse for thisabomination. It is nasty and ridiculous, and the intended humor is tooinfantile. It steals from a number of famous films, particularlyRomero's "Night of the Living Dead (1968)," and makes no apologies forit. I have to confess that I could not take it anymore, and near theend of the film, I hit the fast-forward button. I wasted my time, so Ihope you take my advice and avoid this stinker. Definitely the worstmovie I've seen in a very, very long time. YIKES!
CABIN FEVER (2003) * 1/2 Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, CerinaVincent, James DeBello, Arie Verveen, Giuseppe Andrews.Woeful attempt at mixing horror and humor ala 'The Evil Dead' meets'The Blair Witch Project' via 'Outbreak' that fails miserably.A great premise Â five (idiotic) college buddies go to a cabin retreatin a remote wooded area where they encounter a flesh-eating virus (!) Âhorribly goes to pot after a third way in with stupidity breedingcontempt for its genre starved audience. Lame overall with barely anygore as anticipated and some truly 'huh' worthy moments (one word:pancakes; 'nuff said). Novice filmmaker (a true accolade there myfriends) Eli Roth should be drawn and quartered for not providing somescares and laughs as it appeared to be. The ONLY reason this gets a 1/2* more is the bodacious (semi) nudity of the incredibly hot newcomerVincent (ay caramba!). A complete disappointment to one of the fewfilms I was losing my mind waiting to see; job done!
As they say, critics have the right to express what they think. But dothey have to be so harsh and so... like... hello?! With all thosethings that they say about movies being "a pile of crap!", GIMME ABREAK! Give em a chance will you?! It's not like you own the wholemovie world or something! Okay, okay... so that's a bit too"touchy-feely" right? But thats beside the point. The point is... someguys out there( or maybe even girls ) just can't seem to cool off orrelax a bit. I guess that's what they say about spoilers, "spill ofwhatever you want and get all the attention you deserve!". For me, thatis SOOOOO SURREAL! How low can other people get huh?! Well, okay,enough about emotional distress and psycho-speak, lets move on tobusiness. This movie was downright disappointing at the start. For me,it had a lot of downfalls. There was a lack of motivation, thecharacters are bloody boring, and the village perks are a totalinsanity. Why did they have to get all those set-ups when its not sosignificant? I mean this movie could be better if they worked on itmuch more. But overall, Cabin Fever somehow got my eye(i don't why) Imean if i didn't like the movie, why put up this comment anyway. Thisis why i prefer to stay in the middle despite everything negative aboutit. There may be hope for Cabin Fever if the viewers could learn tounderstand a little more. And for the last bit, I'm now a fan! I don'tknow why! It must be worth something after all those reactions. I stillliked it in the end... And because of Cabin Fever, i'm now writing arevised version of it in another style. you wanna see? Well, hope youcould! I made this story all of a sudden because of a weird vision!And... its a TRUE STORY! Only, no IMMORALITY ALLOWED! Just something iwish could come out well soon because i'm still working on it. Hope EliRoth could read this! Godwilling! I really want him to read my ownstory out of Cabin Fever and see what he thinks about it! But I canonly hope... If ever there's a chance! (",) PS: Just watch it if youwant to, not by what others say about it. Its all up to you if you wantor not; all that matters is that you'll have fun or have the bore ofyour life! Don't get tricked into changing your own perspective of thismovie by just a mere comment on this site! It's all in your own hands!Just don't be too hoggish and too immature to understand some certainthings... This movie still has a bit of "thang" in it. YOu'll see soonenough... Things may turn out different you know! Have fun! OR betteryet.. Good Luck!
Ditto that comment about non-horror fans reviewing horror movies. Ifyou want to play Ebert and Roeper, go watch "21 Grams". If you'rewatching a horror film, you're looking more for a thrill than foranything else. This is not one of the best horror films of recentyears, there have actually been quite a few very good ones recently,but it's fun entertainment in the style of the comedy/horror films thatyou might have seen at a drive-in in the '80s. It's the kind of movie Iwanted to hate: as I watched it, I couldn't help but be constantlyreminded of better films (particularly "28 Days Later"), but it neverloses its sense of fun. There's something really good about cheese thatknows that it's cheese, and doesn't take itself too seriously. It's notall that scary, not hilariously funny, not really great at any onething (except maybe shock- the gore gets pretty nasty)...but it's justgood enough at a lot of things to make a pretty entertaining movie. Iwouldn't rush out to see it, but it's by no means a waste of anevening.
Cabin Fever by nouveau writer/director Eli Roth is the story of fivecollege kids (three male, two female) who, after finishing their finalexams, go off into the woods to a cabin where they'll spend a niceholiday of drinking, sex, and the usual stuff college kids do. Insteadof finding the perfect way to top off the end of school, one of themfinds a hermit man in the woods with some kind of serious disease. Letme let you in on a little secret: it's NOT SARS! You can guess where itgoes from here. This film started off fairly promising, but in the end the lack of realcharacter development really hurt what was potentially an interestingidea. You don't really care for characters who are all clichÃ©s of whatwe've seen in too many other teen horror flicks. There was a goodopportunity with the lead male and his love interest for the writers todevelop that relationship so we could understand it more and thus feelsympathy for both of them. But, it never happened. As for the rest ofthe characters, what little we get to know about them only reveals theyare pretty shallow and one-dimensional. Thus, making them prettyclichÃ©-like.It's very similar to other far better films such as: "The Thing"(1982), "28 days later" (2002), and "The Evil Dead" (1981). What madethese films work was dark humor, which this film has shades of,character development, and effective creepiness and scares, which "TheEvil Dead" has in spades compared to this one. "The Evil Dead" is givenhomage to in the end credits here. Out of these three "Cabin Fever" ismost similar to "28 days later." What that film has that really makesit stand out from this one is two dimensional and realistic characterswho are actually smart (a rarity in horror films). Instead of creatingtwo-dimensional characters the director here would rather gives thesecharacters every opportunity to have sex. This film does have a dark humor type ending that works okay. And itmanages to be kind of creepy in some places. But, as I said before, youdon't really care that much about the characters so it doesn't matterwho dies and how they die. It did have the potential to have somepretty interesting psychological warfare going on with the charactersalienating potentially "sick" friends and thus echoing how paranoid andcruel mankind can be towards one another. But, it didn't manage to pullthat off as well as other films have in the past, namely "The Thing."Some places in the film did manage to be pretty humorous and so itsucceeded at times in that respect. Overall, the film is mildly entertaining and it's a decent first filmfor Eli Roth. I just hope that his new film, which is produced byTarrantino, is better. The "fake shemp" used in the end credits is anobvious reference to Sam Raimi. This film even though it tries comesnowhere close to achieving what Raimi did with "The Evil Dead." Hepulled that off for a measly $150,000. And so, referencing Mr. Raimiseems like a cheap way to put yourself in the same category as he is.The bottom line is: this is a decent horror film that is worth seeing,but don't let your expectations run too high. James Sutherland.
A group of college kids goes camping, only to run into a vagrant with avery nasty disease that involves vomiting blood. After killing the bum,and dumping him in the river, things actually get worse: the watersupply comes from this very same river.Writer-Director Eli Roth is like the great American hope when it comesto horror movies. He grew up ingesting 70s and 80s horror (which areundeniably the best decades for horror ever) and is personal friendswith director David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti (who madesome of the music for this film)... This is the perfect witch'scauldron to brew up the future of horror and save us from the mediocrehorse crap that's been coming out the past 15 years.Cabin Fever is the cure. We have a group of teenagers going to thewoods to party, and they end up encountering a monster that's actuallybelievable: a flesh-eating virus. With music that sets the tone,perfect lighting, quality acting and gobs and buckets of blood, gorefans are in for a treat. The clichÃ© of teenagers drunk in the woodsactually makes sense rather than simply being an overdone idea. In anodd turn of events, the alcohol turns out to be their only hope forsalvation (but will they find out in time?). And a powerful performance by Rider Strong. All the actors were great,and the characters were dead-on. I have seen films where charactersaren't developed enough to know them or over-developed (because whyshould we care if they'll die anyway). I could identify most of thekids in this film with people I've known in real life: Strong as theboy in love with his childhood friend, the guy who will only drinkbeer... these are real personalities.Another great thing about this movie is the humor. I found myselflaughing out loud a dozen times in the first fifteen minutes. And asthe movie gets darker, so does the humor. You have to be truly sick tofind some of it funny, but if you're watching horror films you'reprobably sick enough. Keep an eye on the sign behind the rabid boy whenthey return to the shop. The reference to "Deliverance" combined withthe kung-fu is something you will never forget. And the end of themovie, which I won't reveal here, has one of the strangest "reverseracist" jokes I've ever seen. And the character of Winston, while a bitof an extreme case of caricature, is pretty amusing.If you're a fan of horror, be sure to watch the making-of documentary.It's only 20 minutes, so you won't get bored as they quickly move fromthe acting to music to effects. Not too technical, but gives you enoughoverview to really appreciate the thought that went into every littledetail. Roger Ebert says, "The movie adds up to a few good ideas and a lot ofbad ones, wandering around in search of an organizing principle." Idon't agree with Ebert at all, which is sad because I normally would.The film is quite organized and linear, with a central theme and plot.The "few good ideas" permeate the course of the film. Are the "badideas" his homages to other films? The use of the theme from "LastHouse on the Left" was brilliant and subtle.As I said in the intro, Eli Roth is the man you want making your horrorfilms -- he knows the secret recipe and accepts no substitutions.Highly recommended!
Maybe the worst "horror" movie in history. Dumb plot where nothing thecharacters do make any sense. Let's see - someone comes to your cabinasking for help and you light him on fire. That does not bode well forthe"hero's" of the movie. Even with the flesh eating virus running rampant,one couple still has time for a hop in the sack (by the way the best partofthe movie though). I found myself rooting for the virus since all thecharacters were so easy to dislike. Not worth commenting anymore. In theend everyone got what they deserved. They even left open the chance of asequel. Where have all the good horror flicks gone??? This makes a lotofmovies look like Gone with the Wind in comparison.
This film is truly awful and has moved to No.1 in my "all time worst filmsat the cinema" chart. Not sure what I expected but was at least hopingfora Fright - some gore, some jumps, some screams. But it was all a bitlame.There was just so many loose ends - where did the virus come from? whathappened to goatie bloke with the bag of weed? why did they bother makingthis film? why did I bother going to see it?But the good news is they left it nice and open for "Cabin Fever 2" -yippee!Mind you, it was almost worth it for the freaky kid outside the store whodid the karate stuff and shouted 'Pancakes' - funny ashell!Anyway, for anyone who hasn't seen it then don't bother...itslame!
I just got back from Cabin Fever, and I'm happy to say it lives up to thehype. It's a throwback to the fun thrill-ride horror movies of the 70's. Very well done and not OVER-done like most of the recent attempts torecapture the era. A no-name cast, but they do the excellent scriptjustice. Just remember, Do NOT sit next to DENNIS!
A group of beer-guzzling College drop-outs rent a cabin in the middleof a Forrest, but their fun's about to end when a flesh-eating virusbegins spreading among them. I put-off watching this for a whilebecause it didn't look promising, but let me tell you, this film is sodamn stupid that when it was all over I just found myself starring atthe screen in awe. How could this have been made?Problems start with the script, which is brainless in the most extrememeaning of the word. The characters are so stupid, their actions sodumb, clichÃ©'s are plentiful, and the hillbilly endingÂ what was that?How Eli Roth managed to get the film made is truly beyond me.Acting ranges from just plain good (Strong and Ladd stood out) tooverdone (DeBello) to just plain bad (Andrews). Everyone involved musthave wanted money really, really desperately. Hopefully they have allsince fired their agents. The music was also annoying and out of place. A moodier, moreatmospheric score maybe would have made the film at least a littleeffective, but the score the makers decided to use instead consistmostly of annoying pop songs.If there are any real merits here are the gore effects, from the alwaysreliable KNB effects group, who have done a bang-up job here (thelaughable Deer scene not withstanding). There's virtually no CG effectshere, thankfully, and the old-school effects were the only thing thathad me watching in the end. "Cabin Fever" is a stupid, ridiculous horror movie that never takesitself serious enough. It had the potential to be a cult classic butfail miserably in the end.Oh, and is anyone getting tired of gun-slinging in-bred hillbillies inthese types of flicks? 1.5/10.
Eli Roth's Cabin Fever (2002) promises a return to the straightvisceral horror films of the late 1970's and early 1980's after manyyears of diluted horror-comedies and the later ironic horror films suchas Wes Craven's Scream trilogy. With recent re-makes of the 70'sclassics Dawn of the Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre it seems that thehorror film may be making a comeback to the mainstream. Now, I'm no fanatical gorehound, but I've seen my share of such films.Unfortunately, considering the articles in the film press proclaimingRoth as the 'new saviour of horror', I remain to be convinced by thisclaim. Having watched the extensive interview with Roth on the UK DVDplus one of his many commentaries Roth is obviously a devotee of thisgenre of cinema and knows his stuff inside out. The guy is obviouslygreat at promoting and expressing his passion for horror and is a veryentertaining person to listen to. Unfortunately I don't think CabinFever lives up to all the hype.The premise of the film is standard fare: Five college studentscelebrate their graduation with a week of partying in a remote forestcabin. They are infected by a flesh-eating virus which causes thestudents to isolate the first infected and soon causes the entire groupto disintegrate into self-preservation. Unfortunately there's a majorproblem even in this basic premise and it's not the virus. The virus isactually a great idea, far easier to identify with and fear than anyamount of Sumerian Demons or psychotic killers. No, the problem is withthe people. Watching the film I was convinced that Roth had written themost annoying, obnoxious, least likable group of characters possible. Iwas shocked and amused when Roth mentions in the commentary that we areactually supposed to sympathies with these characters and good third ofthe film is devoted to establishing the group. So we have a completenumbskull who's idea of fun is shooting squirrels 'cos they're gay'.Then there are the two couples; Jeff, a self obsessed arrogant twit andMarcy, played by Cerina Vincent, clearly hired for both of her'talents', neither of which are acting. Then there's the other two,Karen and 'Boy meets World'. She thinks they're great close friends, hewants to finally get in her pants. Fortunately Roth's sympathy for thecharacters only extends so far and a cruel sadism soon takes over, fromthe spread of the virus through to the arbitrary deaths and a Night ofthe Living Dead influenced downer ending. In terms of horror and gore the film is pretty tame, only theleg-shaving and fingering scenes really stand out. In fact the wholefilm is comprised of elements that have been seen before in countlessfilms - from the Evil Dead cabin, the rednecks from Deliverance(although these guys are far too clean to be really threatening), therabid dog from The Thing, blah blah blah . Although heralded as astraight-out horror flick, Roth has decided to add several doses ofabsurd humour, which are detrimental to the tone and pace of the film.A young stoner cop who likes to 'partee' is only funny once and agolden-mulleted, kick-boxing kid named Dennis is just bizarre, as is agag involving a harmonica. Touches such as these along with severelyun-likable characters diffuse the tension and suspense created by themain plot. Roth is often compared to early Sam Raimi in the press butCabin Fever has none of the stylistic flair, imagination, and gore ofRaimi's early films. I know this review sounds like I hated the film. I really didn't, itwas decent enough entertainment when you're in the right mood. Themusic was particularly effective, always crucial in this genre. GivenRoth's obvious passion and enthusiasm for the genre I was quitesurprised and a little disappointed how distinctly average this filmis. In spite of this, I'm sure this isn't the last we'll hear of EliRoth - let's hope his next film is as entertaining as he is. Rate 6/10
"Cabin Fever" is one film I'm adding to the top of my "Worst Films of2003"list.Poorly written, poorly directed, and just a really bad over hyped horrorfilm!My partner & I are still wondering why "Cabin Fever" was wowed at the2002Toronto International Film Festival. Did we miss something?"Cabin Fever" as to be the most over hyped indi horror film to come outof astudio since the very crappy and very over rated "Blair Witch Project".As far as the plot to the film goes, a group of five college students getdone with their finals and go off to celebrate at a lonesome cabin out inthe woods. The college students in "Cabin Fever" meet up with ablood-spewing infected who's been made all the more nasty with somedisease.Sounds like a great set-up right? Wrong! What we get instead is a moviewith too many plot holes, not enough horror, and a director who didn'tknowif he was making a spoof, a comedy or a horror film.I'm a huge horror fan, and I was really expecting so much. What I gotinstead was a silly horror film where a director used other peoples filmsI.E. "The Evil Dead", "Night of the Lving Dead" etc to make a film. Whatstarted off as a good idea turned into a mess of ideas and plot. I meanpancakes, a child who bites, crazy backwoods people. "Cabin Fever" wasjusttoo much and too over the top to be taken seriously orscary.The only thing missing from this mess was a cameo by BruceCampbell!"Cabin Fever is about as scary as a third-grade play.Who did "Cabin Fever" Director and Screenwriter Eli Roth have to sleepwithto get Peter Jackson to claim that his horror film was the one that fanshadbeen waiting a decade to attend?There is promise and potential around every corner in this film. It'stoobad that the pacing of the movie is abhorrent. You'll find yourselfbored,more often than not, while watching what is apparently a "greatest hit"clipfrom past horror flicks.Don't believe the hype, as the only frightening thing about this effortishow it received a nationwide theatrical release rather than an instantburial in the straight to video market.The only thing scary about Cabin Fever is that well-connected hacks getdeals."Cabin Fever" rates as a 1 out of 10.
Ok, so this movie wasn't Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, or TCM, butfor this day and age, this is about as close as anyone making films hastheguts to do, aside from Rob Zombie. You people who are knocking thisprobably think Scream & I know What You Did Last Summer are good "Horror"movies....and to that I say NOT!! Those movies SUCK!!!! Come on people;have you all forgotten the great horror movies from the 80's and 70's?Those were truly horror movies. Today, film makers try and try again tomake movies that don't offend mom or dad, and call them horror movies! Atleast Eli Roth has stuck to the theory that there doesn't need to be an indepth storyline, plot, or solid character development when all of thecharacter are gonna die anyway!!!! He just dealt with the mass hysteriaofwhat happens when there is a disease that is killing your friends and youdon't want to get it! Good lord, I bet all you people knocking this don'teven appreciate the Evil Dead Trilogy!!! I bet if ya'll watched them,you'dbe like this sucks and stuff when to the contrary they are some of thebestgenre movies of ALL time!!!!!It just never ceases to amaze me when I go catch a good horror flick, thencome here and read all the reviews repeatedly bashing it.I think all ya'll that think this one sucked need to get a membership toNetFlix, and catch up on REAL HORROR MOVIES!!!!!
Cabin Fever should serve as a warning to new film makers... don't try to beclever. If you are clever, it will show in your work; if you're not cleverno amount of trying will compensate.The movie starts well and has a very good, very straightforward plot:college kids in a remote location that are infected by a flesh eatingbacteria. They try to survive each other as they try to survive thebacteria. But we can't just stop there, we have to have sexual intrigue (anexcuse for nudity), a killer dog and some mentally unstable town's peopleand they just don't mesh together.I would have liked some stronger effects from the bacteria. They getinfected, they bleed some, they fall down, bleed some more and die. Whoopee.This isn't a documentary, let's see some gore.
This was far and away one of the worst movies I have ever seen (andbelieve me, I see a lot of movies). The plot was ridiculous, the actingsub par, and the scares non-existent. I really feel that Eli Roth, thecast, and everyone involved in the making of "Cabin Fever" owe me $9and 93 minutes of my life back. It might have been tolerable if theydecided to camp it up, but they took it all so seriously. They couldn'tdecided on a consistent tone and it was not scary AT ALL. They justthrew around a bunch of blood and gore in place of coming up withinvolving characters or story. On top of everything else, this movieseemed to have no interest in facts or logic. As a scientist, I cantell you that their handling of the disease was completely off base.
(Major Spoilers)Some of the reviews I've read of this movie seem to be entirely missingthe point. Sure, this movie is derivative (Evil Dead meets 28 DaysLater meets Night of The Living Dead) and somewhat predictable(although anyone that says they were expecting the "Pancakes" scene isa damn liar), but so what? The whole horror genre is built onexploitation and homage. There are bad ways to do this (Darkness Falls)and interesting, creative ways to do this, like Cabin Fever. We havethe requisite sex scene and shower scene, tons of gore,inbred localsand idiotic law enforcement- all you need for a horror movie! Thismovie revels in its indebtedness to other movies. It has a great senseof humor ("Don't sit next to Dennis", the hysterical "Pancakes" scene,the classic exchange of: "Why are you shooting squirrels?" "Becausethey're gay." and a bunch of other weird sight gags (like the Bunny)that show how much fun the filmmakers must have had making this. Andthat leg-shaving scene, OH MY GOD! Utterly classic. Plus, NOBODY WINS!That's right, they all die! How cool is that? More subtly, nobodyactually dies from the so-called virus in this movie if you payattention: all the deaths are attributable to the characters lack ofmoral fiber (the bum is set on fire, the first infected girl isdispatched with a shovel, etc. etc.) This movie is bound to be a cultclassic and beats the pants off of the boring and predictable Freddyvs. Jason. See it!
This is what happens when an inexperienced film maker with a genuine passionfor the horror genre is let loose with a camera.Cabin Fever has some interesting ideas let down badly by poor direction andacting. Any tension is scuppered by the hadhoc way so many characters areintroduced and despatched for no or little reason.For secluded woods, there were more people walking around than PicadillyCircus at the height of the tourist season. I found myself exasperated atthe nth appearance of yet another new character only for them to disappearagain.Affectionate nods were made to all our favourite 70's and 80's horrormovies: The Thing; Night of the Living Dead; The Evil Dead; The AndromedaStrain; Texas Chainsaw Massacre with liberal doses of Deliverance and TwinPeaks thrown in.And here lies the problem. The un-selfconscious way he introduces thesetokens to other movies is admirable and shows the promise of a great andsubtle director of the genre. However, it also shows how poor Roth's movieis in comparison to these seminal greats.Where the movie works best is when he is in David Lynch mode and thecharacters in and around the shop are working at full throttle. Here, Rothgives a genuinely disturbing and very funny character studies of thesecluded mountain folk.With more focus and discipline in the direction, this could have been agreat movie. Instead, it only shows promise of a director with a genuinepassion of horror films who wants to break free from the shackles of 90'shorror parodies such as Scream. And this is not a badthing.