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Cabin Fever (2002)



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

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 shed to avoid infection. As they debate about how to save her, they look at one another and realize that any one of them could also have it. What soon began as a struggle against the disease turns into a battle against friends, as the fear of contagion drives them to turn on each other. The kids confront the terror of having to kill anyone who comes near them, even if it's their closest friend. The survivors have to find help before they're all killed by the virus, or by the local lynch mob out to destroy anyone who may have come in contact with it.more
Rating: R (for strong violence and gore, sexuality, language and brief drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Randy Pearlstein, Eli Roth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 2004
Box Office: $21.1M
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Giuseppe Andrews
as Deputy Wilson
Eli Roth
as Justin
Christy Ward
as The Hog Lady
Michael Harding
as Shotgun Casey
Julie Childress
as Beautiful Wife
Dalton McGuire
as Lemonade Boy
Jana Farmer
as Lemonade Girl
Jeff Rendell
as Fake Shemp
Philip Fox
as Evil Deputy
Sam Froelich
as Doctor 1
Cherie Rodgers
as Cadwell's Crush
Bill Terrell
as Happy Wednesday Band
Richard Terrell
as Happy Wednesday Band
Jeff Evans
as Happy Wednesday Band
Mike Hill
as Happy Wednesday Band
J.K. Godbold
as Happy Wednesday Band
Richard Fullerton
as The Sheriff
Phil Fox
as Evil Deputy
Darcy Jo Martin
as Shiloh's Girlfriend
Gabriel A. Roth
as Shooter No.1
Donald Lee Hall Jr.
as Shooter No.2
Jeremy A. Metcalf
as Shooter No.3
Noah Belson
as Guitar Man
Doug McDermott
as Harmonica Man
Matt Cappiello
as Troubadour
Jessica Masserman
as Winston's Date
Paige Hunter
as Underage Girl
Gino Vincent
as Cerina's Brother
Shiloh Strong
as Rider's Brother
Jay Aaseng
as Sir Chug-a-lot
Matthew Schwarz
as The Bad Influence
Jessica Shortkoff
as Cat Hat Girl
as Doctor Mambo, The D...
Mark Morse
as Shocked Guy
Heather Simmons
as Shocked Girl
Dean Masserman
as Mr. Mom/Bowling Alle...
Tom Terrell
as Doctor No.2
Evan Astrowsky
as Helpless Bystander
Luke Blackwood
as Dennis Double
Mark C. Schwarz
as Hospital Attendant
Shana Schwarz
as Hospital Hottie
Joe Adams
as Bowling Alley Killer
Adam Roth
as Happy Bald Guy
Jeff Hoffman
as Bowling Alley Victim
Tommy Terrell
as Doctor P. Frink, Do...
John Neff
as Bowling Alley Victim
Nancy Neff
as Bowling Alley Victim
Michael Reardon
as Bowling Alley Victim
Glenn Weisberger
as Bowling Alley Victim
Roy Wood
as Bowling Alley Victim
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News & Interviews for Cabin Fever

Critic Reviews for Cabin Fever

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (36)

If you take away the shocking makeup-effects work of KNB EFX Inc. there's not much there at all.

Full Review… | February 9, 2014
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...

Full Review… | June 12, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 3, 2008

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

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2007

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

Audience Reviews for Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever unabashedly gives in to all of the horror genre's conventions and the result is an entertaining diversion, but nothing special. It's neither scary or very interesting thanks to bad acting and writing, but can sometimes be funny because of this. Other times I just wanted to punch people in the face for their sheer stupidity. All of this should come as no surprise if you are a fan of the genre. It's plenty gory and one scene in particular will stick with me for awhile. If you just want an old-fashioned horror film that has some positives and most of the negatives of the horror genre, give this a whirl. Otherwise I wouldn't really bother.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer



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.

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