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Cabin Fever

A movie directed by Eli Roth

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Auntie Em! I'm Melting.....I'm Melting.....

  • Nov 26, 2008
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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 local store, with a (literally) wild boy sitting out front, and a funny old man at the register with some shocking things to say. Pay attention here!

As they settle into their cabin, Bert takes a walk off by himself with a rifle to shoot a squirrel or something, and winds out accidentally shooting a strange man. As the man picks himself up and pleads with Bert to help him, Bert can see that he is *very* sick, and warns the man away from him.

Back at the cabin later, the sick man finds them, again begging for help, and spies Bert behind the others. "Hey, you *shot* me!" Bert warns his friends that the man is sick and they lock him outside, where he tries to steal their vehicle. A little mania follows, along with baseball bats and vomiting blood and setting strangers ablaze, and our movie takes off with its plot.

With a vehicle too damaged to drive, the group decides that they need to find a mechanic and also a sheriff to report last night's incident to. With all but Marcy and Paul gone, the sheriff does show up, a ridiculous (on purpose) character on a pedal bike, who wants to talk about partying more than actually investigate a crime scene.

He leaves with promises to send a tow truck, and the others return without any luck in finding a mechanic. Things go downhill from here when Marcy gets sick, with the same odd illness the stranger at the door had. She seems to be melting. And now the fun begins, as they realize they need to leave and the locals realize they need to be contained.

This is an enjoyable suspense/horror movie because it strays from the slasher forum, but despite some mighty fine flesh rotting scenes, it lacked in the gore fest category. Don't miss Karen shaving her legs, or the vicious dog, and *definitely* don't miss the ending; an out of the blue surprise that left me laughing my tail off. Enjoy!

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January 26, 2009
I've found out one thing about me--generally I need to like the people in the movie. I hated these guys. Worse than that, they bored me. I know I'm supposed to like it, but I couldn't work up the energy.
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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 . 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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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 ...
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