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Cabin Fever (2002)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Eli Roth

Writers: Eli Roth

Randy Pearlstein

Tagline: Terror… In the flesh.

Plot: A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Cast: Rider Strong – Paul

Jordan Ladd – Karen

James DeBello – Bert

Cerina Vincent – Marcy

Joey Kern – Jeff

Review (spoilers):

Cabin Fever, the directing debut of Eli Roth, is one of those movies you either love or hate. Let’s just say that I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know how to compare it to other Eli Roth’s movies because I never watched any of them, there was just something about them that didn’t interest me at all and now I know what. They are pointless. I was never a fan of movies that only rely on over the top gore, “ultraviolence” or “cool” and bloody brutality. I find movies like that to be shallow…and that’s what Cabin Fever is: shallow and pointless.

Despite all I have just said, Cabin Fever starts off very promising. Early in the movie we see a gory scene (which is unfortunately totally pointless but no matter) that introduces to the overall movie atmosphere. After that we meet 5 students who go to a remote cabin so they can enjoy their holiday. That beginning had some strange sense of humour that I found to be ok. It was a decent start to a horror movie but as time passed by Cabin Fever was less and less watchable. It ended as a horrible disaster. The reason for all this is surely the script. Eli Roth is known to be a friend of Quentin Tarantino and is sure that his writing is influenced heavily by Mr. Tarantino. Unfortunately, Tarantino elements and influences (which can be perfectly seen in the character of the cop Winston or in the short Eli Roth’s cameo) just don’t fit in this kind of movie and are….pointless. Besides that, the idea for the flesh eating virus is also bad. The concept of the virus is boring and slow. It’s just not something that can interest you till the end of the movie so Eli Roth was “forced” to bring out new ideas all the time through the movie, which are, at least most of them, complete rubbish. So if you give it a try, you’ll see a lot of nonsenses like a mentally ill kid kung fuing his way to bite one guy’s hand (Wtf?) and similar. In addition to that there are some huge plot holes in the script, which seemed to bug me from time to time.

Furthermore, the actors haven’t made an astonishing job but that’s not complete their fault. It’s not easy to act a character which is completely plain and dull. As you may expected there is no real character development in Cabin Fever, I even can hardly remember any of the character’s names. While Cabin Fever fails almost in it’s every segment, I have to mention it’s sole purpose – the bloody gore scenes. If you have a huge appetite for gore and blood and just don’t care about anything else, Cabin Fever will be the perfect movie for you. It features some nicely done scenes and original ideas. But if you are looking  for something more in a movie, just stay away from it, it’s not worth your time.

My Rating: 4/10… It utterly fails at any kind of character development or decent plot making but makes it out with some nice gore, I guess. However, it’s below average.