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Cabin Fever (2002)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 137
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 51

More gory than scary, Cabin Fever is satisfied with paying homage to genre conventions rather than reinventing them.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 18

More gory than scary, Cabin Fever is satisfied with paying homage to genre conventions rather than reinventing them.



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Movie Info

As a last hurrah after college, friends Jeff, Karen, Paul, Marcy and Bert embark on a vacation deep into the mountains. With the top down and the music up, they drive to a remote cabin to enjoy their last days of decadence before entering the working world. Then somebody gets sick. Karen's skin starts to bubble and burn as something grows inside her, tunneling beneath her flesh. The group is so repulsed, shocked and sickened watching their friend deteriorate before their eyes; they lock her in a


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Randy Pearlstein, Eli Roth

Jan 20, 2004


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February 15, 2012:
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All Critics (149) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (51) | DVD (33)

... disgusting and brainless ...

September 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
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You've got to love a horror movie that wears its bloody influences so happily on its sleeve, and then proceeds to roll it up and start swinging the axe in a different direction.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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You won't want to eat, drink or be touched after a bout of Cabin Fever.

September 12, 2003
Seattle Times
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Cabin Fever starts small, and stays small, never reaching the transcendent Blair Witch heights of the biggest low-budget successes.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Movies about flesh-eating viruses don't come along every day. Cabin Fever, which opens today, demonstrates why.

September 12, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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Like much of Cabin Fever, the performances are competent and uninteresting.

September 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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If you take away the shocking makeup-effects work of KNB EFX Inc. there's not much there at all.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

...a nail-biting horror movie that has audiences alternately covering their eyes in fear during scenes of gory revelation, or guffawing out loud...

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

An unabashed homage to grungy '70s and '80s rural horror.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source:

[Director] Roth hasn't an original creative bone in his entire body...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

What it loses by trying to be a comedy, it makes up by trying to be a showcase for the grotesque.

June 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

Tenta desesperadamente criar uma aura cult ao estilo Evil Dead, mas consegue apenas ser patético em seu racismo, sua homofobia, sua misoginia e seu senso de humor adolescente.

July 18, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Les références aux classiques de l'horreur, l'humour franchement drôle à certains moments et tout le gore réussiront peut-être à ne pas faire regretter l'achat du billet.

December 16, 2004

Fever packs its share of jolts and none-too-shabby black humor, both worthy of a place alongside Romero

September 30, 2004

Like 2000's Ravenous, it mixes up the gruesome and the funny so that your own reactions - laughter tinged with outrage - startle you.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Hardly the horror masterpiece that far too many people are making it out to be.

January 15, 2004 | Comments (2)
Radio Free Entertainment

Cabin Fever is no Evil Dead, though on its own terms it somewhat gets the job done.

November 10, 2003
Creative Loafing

A seamless pastiche of 1970s and early 1980s horror, resulting in a blend of mean-spiritedness, gore and comedy that is truly infectious.

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Definitely unforgettable, it's destined for cult classic status.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source:

In an era of campy horror movies, it's a pleasure to see one that's the real thing.

October 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Severed-head- and-shoulders above the spate of recent shockers.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Proves how effective a horror flick can be when it's put together with some care, enthusiasm and ingenuity.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

There are scenes that will make even the most seasoned horror fan squirm - nothing can prepare you for when Cerina Vincent gets into the bathtub.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source:

Settle down and prepare to soak up the nostalgia.

September 23, 2003 Full Review Source:

Despite what you may have heard, this is not the rebirth of the horror film.

September 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Writer/director Eli Roth has an obvious affection for cult horror, but his premise never makes sense as an individual story.

September 20, 2003 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Cabin Fever

Eli Roth's debut feature echoes hints of old school Peter Jackson gross out horror. The only difference is, Jackson's films are classics and Cabin Fever will never attain that status. Though a good effort, and unlike Roth's following films Hostel, 1, 2 (the first was better, the second was garbage), this film does have decent enough scares throughout. The tactics used by Eli Roth in Cabin Fever are nothing really new, and have already been done before in many films. Cabin Fever mostly plays out like an homage to the gross out flicks of the 80's. The film will definitely appeal to gore fans as Roth crafts a film that focuses more on the gore than on the plot. In many cases, especially with Peter Jackson's earlier efforts and the bulk of Lucio Fulci's finest films, it does work very well, and the finished product is very good despite the lack of a credible plot. In Cabin Fever, the film does have high points, but the scripts limitations are apparent. Eli Roth said that one of his inspirations for Cabin Fever was The Evil Dead. Combining elements from that film with an infection / rash type of disease is an interesting idea. However Cabin Fever is a film that just relies more on old school splatter elements than great story telling, and with that said, this should be a good time for gore hounds. In a way the material that Eli Roth presents the viewer with here is nothing new, but sometimes that's all you need for an effective horror yarn. Despite this, Cabin Fever is a decent enough horror film, but its lack of good acting and paper thin plot won't make it a classic any time soon.
January 2, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Definitely Eli Roth's most inspired, and most substantial film. But that's just damning it with very faint praise. Firstly, the acting is much better than I expected it would be, and the gore is disgusting and boasts some pretty impressive bloody corpse special effects. Especially considering the tiny budget it was made on. All this adds up to the construction of a cheesy 80's horror movie, which was exactly what Roth was trying to mimic. However he shows almost no creativity in Cabin Fever and for me he never demonstrated the extent of his talent. There was also very few shocks, and once I adjusted to the carnage, consequently, it wasn't that scary. But in the end it's interesting twist to the typical cabin in the woods story doesn't fully make it work. I think its designed brilliantly and has an environmental message, and I admire Roth's aspirations to not skimp on gore or sex, but it was unnecessary to the plot. To me, it just felt to me like a bunch of stuff i'd seen from some of the classic horror movies mashed in with one interesting premise. I honestly wish it could have been better, but redemptively, it was an honourable failure.
July 3, 2012
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An entertaining, consistently funny gory mess of a film concerning five brainless college students who head off into the woods in hopes of a relaxing few days after completing college. However, when a diseased man invades their premises and spreads an infection that appears to be flesh-eating and fast-moving, their vacation takes a back seat to survival. Say what you will about Eli Roth (his acting is less than stellar, let's just leave it at that), but the man knows what he wants to do and does it well. Might sound like a bland generalization, but it's the truth. He knows what kinds of movies he wants to make and he has a fun time doing it. This film is a great throwback to cheesy 70's horror films, only this one is much funnier and has a strong lead character we can pull for throughout (in this case, Rider Strong's). It has its ridiculous scenes that have no place being in the film, but Roth's ability to keep this thing trucking along (at a tight 100 minute run-time) and us laughing about the ridiculousness of it makes this thing a winner. It's basically a slice of "Deliverance", only with much worse acting and it does not get ultra-serious, it stays light throughout, and it just flat-out works.
December 31, 2011
Dan Schultz

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I've wanted to see this for a while, and upon finally viewing it, I have a very mixed opinion. Part of it is a pretty decent, bloody, creepily effective horror movie, the other part is a wonky, left-field spiral into absurdity. This could have been a worthy horror flick if it would have stayed on it's initial path, but the silliness sucked the atmosphere out of it like a vacuum hose from hell. Overall, meh.
November 4, 2011

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