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Eli Roth makes an auspicious debut with CABIN FEVER. Taking an otherwise traditional set up for a horror film, Roth infuses it with enough energy and originality to make it feel completely fresh. Five friends, just finished with college finals, head for a cabin in the woods to party and embrace their newfound freedom. There's the cute but uptight Paul (Rider Strong), who yearns for pretty lifelong platonic friend Karen (Jordan Ladd); the attractive, but slightly stupid couple Jeff (Joey Kern) and Marcy (Cerina Vincent); and the brute jock, Bert (James DeBello). While shooting squirrels in the woods, Bert accidentally nicks a man, who appears to be suffering from a disgusting disease. Bert returns to the cabin, choosing not to share this information with the gang. But later that night, when the man knocks on their door, the beast is unleashed. Unlike most horror films which make the horror gruesomely visible, the evil in CABIN FEVER is invisible--and highly contagious. And when Karen begins to show signs ...

A sneaky and surprisingly smart horror flick,Cabin Feversets up all the cliches of its particular subgenre (what might be called the "sexy young people go into the woods" horror movie, featuring hostile redneck locals, dead animals on hooks, cars that suddenly stop running, etc.) and by the end has played a clever twist on every standard element, often to darkly comic effect. What's the plot? Well, five sexy young people (Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent, and James DeBello) go to an isolated cabin where they contract a nasty bacteria that eats their flesh; this, combined with a bad-tempered dog and a party-loving police deputy (Giuseppe Andrews, giving a particularly funny performance), leads everyone into confusion and bloody chaos. Some of the ironic twists are a little obvious, but most of them effectively subvert your expectations to entertaining effect.--Bret Fetzer
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review by . January 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****      If you don't like your laughs laced with less-than-subtle and excessive amounts of blood and gore; "Cabin Fever" may not be your cup of tea. In fact, while we're on that note, after seeing the film; you probably won't want tea at all. But that's exactly the intent of first-time director Eli Roth; to disgust us, humor us, and treat us to what was virtually the era of a new beginning for the modern horror genre. From this movie on, …
review by . January 08, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: scenery     Cons: story was weak     The Bottom Line:   “Everybody's got the fever  That is somethin' you all know  Fever isn't such a new thing  Fever started long time ago”  ~John Davenport & Eddie Cooley     You know how it is when you start what is obviously going to be some dumb slasher flick and you can’t wait to really rip it up in a review? That is how …
review by . November 26, 2008
Cabin Fever
To start with, I don't know very many college students who would take off for break and head up to a desolate cabin far in the woods rather than Ft. Lauderdale for some more typical college fun. But let's thank them, for we know that a desolate cabin in the woods is an excellent backdrop for some bloody horrific action. A Zombie/Plague/Night of the Living Dead plot takes 5 college students out into the woods for a quiet break. Before heading up to the cabin, they make a last minute stop at a tiny …
review by . October 04, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
This movie is not for anyone who's looking for a strong plot, credible logic, sensible decisions or good acting. It is, however, for anyone who likes gore. Gore is served up in buckets -- almost literally, mind you -- as skins peels and bubbles and scabs, blood flows and spatters, panicked people do violent and panicky things to each other, and a dog snacks messily on one or two of the stars, up to and including eating a girl's lips.    I'd mention any standout performances if …
review by . March 26, 2004
I won't rehash the plot here, except to say it doesn't make much sense. We've got a traditional "... teenagers getting cut down one by one" theme (a la early FRIDAY THE 13th), coupled with a touch of DELIVERANCE style condescension towards the "locals." But another big problem is that the "disease" or "malady" that is making everyone sick, murderous, etc., is never really explained.The movie has some early moments of creepiness, and you think you might be in for something slightly original, perhaps …
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