Cabin Fever (2002)

Cabin Fever (2002)

Director: Eli Roth

Cast: Rider Strong as Paul, Jordan Ladd as Karen, James DeBello as Bert, Cerina Vincent as Marcy, Joey Kern as Jeff, Arie Verveen as Henry (The Hermit), Robert Harris as Old Man Cadwell, Hal Courtney as Tommy, Matthew Helms as Dennis, Richard Boone as Fenster, Tim Parati as Andy, Dalton McGuire as Lemonade Boy, Jana Farmer as Lemonade Girl, Dante Walker as Shemp, Jeff Rendell as Fake Shemp

Eli Roth's debut, Cabin Fever, seems to be hated by the majority on
IMDb and many other critics. I, however, found this to be a rather
enjoyable little film that just falls short of being great. To sum up
this movie: take a bit of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a bit of The
Evil Dead, a couple of elements from The Thing and Last House on the
Left and you have Cabin Fever. A horror movie about five teenagers
going to holiday in a cabin in the woods after college where the
nearest town is filled with hicks and everything is slowly getting
infected by an unknown virus which starts to turn everyone against each
other. Roth blends horror with a small amount of comedy which suits
this type of movie.

The five teens are a mixed bunch (the dumb guy, the horny couple and
the innocent couple). Most of them swear, drink, have wild sex and
smoke drugs and because of this may seem annoying and clichéd, on the
contrary, Roth has captured the attitude of what teenagers were (and
still are) like. We do all that they do (well, not so much drugs..) and
to me that makes them more realistic. The locals aren't so realistic
and seem to be their for comic relief and body count (which isn't a bad
thing). There is plenty of gore and plenty of scenes to make you squirm
in disgust.

The reason I don't give this a really high score is because the pacing
seemed jumbled to me. For me, the running time was really short and
there were not enough scares throughout. This movie had potential to be
more than the final product but I respect what Roth has done and
considering it was his first movie it is remarkably good and for that I
give it:


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