Cabin Fever 2002

Cabin Fever

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

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Bert (James DeBello), a college student vacationing with friends in the mountains, mistakenly shoots a local man (Arie Verveen) with a skin infection while hunting in the woods. Panicking, he abandons the scene and leaves the man for dead. When the man stumbles into a reservoir, he infects the water supply, and soon one of Bert's friends becomes infected. The friends struggle to stop the contagious, flesh-eating disease while on the run from a group of ornery backwoods locals out for revenge.

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  • Feb 20, 2015
    Cabin Fever makes no attempt to break new ground or re-invent classic material, it is a straight up re-telling of a horror cliche, but that is perfectly fine. The punches, scares and gore are all mixed just right, creating a fine addition to a horror staple.
    Shane S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    Spoiler: the virus spreads effectively, they all die... Except for one, but then he gets predictably shot. A bit like Night of the Living Dead, but shame on me for comparing the two. This was a very subtle torture porn (by my standards anyway) with a very predictable format. At first, as I was watching this on a stream with friends, someone noted that they were getting a Children of the Corn vibe. I agreed, and thought the sensation was cool and this film was going somewhere. But my expectations failed me. There's not a whole lot I can say about this film... Some of the characters are real douches and annoyed me. There were some comedic elements (see: Deputy Winston), and while that made the film a bit more memorable it'd didn't change my (dis)favor for the film either way. Not my cup of tea, but perhaps someone else would enjoy it.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] 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.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2012
    'Cabin Fever' is as bloody as it is funny... well, maybe not. But seriously, its a well told horror flick that keeps you en-grossed(out!) up until the very end.
    Lindsey D Super Reviewer

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