11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Inspired by the recent review of a fellow Ammy friend I decided to take another look at this quote unquote horror movie. `Cabin Fever' is not a scary movie. It's camp. But when you watch it for the funny film that it really is then you can start to appreciate the movie. It's not a spoof either though, and one must realize that. This is not a movie that makes fun of the horror genre ala `Scary Movie' or `Shaun of the Dead' but is one that embellishes unrealistic situations to a point where it comes off funny instead of dreadful. Yes, director Eli Roth inserted moments of purposeful humor (like the much discussed `Pancakes' boy) but the film is really a quote unquote serious attempt at horror with comedic undercurrents that tend to take over.
The plot is nothing new to the world of horror. It's somewhat like `Deliverance' with a skin virus. You have five friends who decide to retreat to a cabin in the woods for some fun and relaxation only to find anything but. Instead they are greeted by some strange residents to the area and then, later on, by a man dying of some flesh eating virus that he in the process of pleading for help passes along to the five friends. As they slowly die alone in the cabin with no one willing to help them they turn on one another as the bleakness of their situation starts to set in. This could have gone the route of the recent `Bug' and become a more psychological film that delved into the insanity of desperation but instead it decided to go a tad (or more than a tad) overboard. The cast of characters, especially those the five friends encounter, are so clichéd and stereotypical it's unbelievable, but that's all in good fun.
The acting is decent, but then again the film really doesn't call for the actors to act. The scenes are set up for them, the dialog is handed them and they just do their best not to get shown up but the outrageous happenings around them. I remember growing up watching Rider Strong on `Boy Meets World' so I was thrilled to see him in this movie. It's not like the film does him much justice, but then again it's not like I have anything aside from `Boy Meets World' to judge this against so for all I know this is the extent of his talent. Joey Kern is decent for what is required of him, as is Jordan Ladd. James DeBello is just downright obnoxious and annoying but when taken into context is actually quite funny. Cerina Vincent is just utterly gorgeous, enough said.
So in the end `Cabin Fever' is not a film to take seriously but is a film that, when taken for what it really is, is sure to entertain. My wife has never seen this because she's not too keen on scary movies and when I told her it was hysterical she looked at me like I was crazy. Then she watched it with me and she understood. So, if you're looking for that horrifying film to chill you to the bone then find something else to watch, but if you want a good time that is sure to gross you out as much as make you laugh then sink your teeth into this film with reckless abandon.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2004
One of the things that makes Cabin Fever a genuinely fun outing for horror fans is the cast and crew's obvious enthusiasm for what they're doing. Even without viewing the entertaining (if rather short on substance) "Making of" featurette, you can easily tell that the film was a labor of love with a game cast. While the extras don't shed much light on the film's progress from unsellable script to most-hyped horror film of 2003-- which would undoubtedly have made for a fascinating story-- the movie is (almost) enough of a delight to make up for it.
Cabin Fever takes pretty much every convention of "classic" drive-in horror films of the 70's, and manages to make them look new again. Curmudgeons may say that it's nothing more than a Scream-esque parody of horror movie chestnuts, but the approach is really quite different. Instead of self-conscious winks to the audience, the walking cliches of Cabin Fever seem to enjoy playing their roles to the hilt, with performances that are as much tribute as spoof. One of the most entertaining aspects of the film is that the lead characters, each a counterpart of a 70's-horror staple, are almost uniformly unlikable. Instead of counting on us to hope that the smug hipster, the ice queen, and the obnoxious jock manage to escape the killer's clutches, we can finally enjoy seeing them get what we thought they deserved all along. I mean, did anyone REALLY identify with any of those too-good-to-be-true high school superstars?
Cabin Fever won't have you leaving the nightlight on, although it does boast some solid shocks. It might be a bit of a letdown for fans of gore, but for my part I'm thankful that the more intensely violent moments were off-camera. Otherwise it might have been too dificult to watch.
The most striking thing about the film is its big-budget look. The directing is confident, the performances are strong, the effects are convincing, and the photography is excellent (unlike most of its ancestors). The DVD transfer's color is glorious, and the sound really fills a room. It belies its independent origins every step of the way, right down to the Angelo Badalamenti score (the composer's hilarious account of his involvement with the film is one of the featurette's high points). In most ways, the pricey DVD release doesn't disappoint. Most highly recommended to horror fans with a sense of humor.
Note: the DVD also includes several short claymation features by director Roth that star a fruitbasket of British rockers who spend most of their time causing mayhem and squirting their own juices over everything in sight. A pleasant enough addition, but they aren't really anything to get excited about. Other features include the clever-yet-useless "Chickvision" option, and a short called "Pancakes" that shows just how much fun the creators were having with their project. Although when the subject grows up, he just might sue them for defamation of character.... The five(!) commentary tracks could probably have been boiled down into just one or two, but their easygoing tone adds to feeling of good-natured fun that went into the production.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2010
Keep in Mind If you enjoyed the Super Loaded DVD of Cabin Fever with the 5 Audio Commentaries
Hold on to the Standard DVD
This BR is a Completely Different version
Unrated Director's Cut with A New Audio Commentary (Which is Cool for the Director and Cast to do A New One for BR Fans)
Great job more Studios should do this for the HD Format
Lionsgate did A Great HD Transfer
The Audio rocks DTS-HD 7.1
The Film itself is One of the Better Indie Horror Films in the last 10yrs.
It's a Strange Combination of The Crazies, Night of the Living Dead, The Blob, The Stuff, The Thing, and Evil Dead!
With plenty of WTF Moments, Oddball Charters and Plenty of Blood, Gore and Nudity
The Shaving in the Bathtub scene alone is a Must See But, it's so hard to watch!
For those who never seen it I highly Recommend viewing it Once
It's very Unique
A Must own BR for any Horror Fan! 9/10
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2008
Cabin Fever is somewhat of a cult classic that has been floating around since 2003. With the amount of b horror we've seen over the years it may be suprising we haven't checked this one out. Undeniably it has b potential all over it, especially when you have Rider Strong and Cerina Vincent as 2 of the key roles. Cerina is a joy to look at but couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. She was definately thrown in there to keep your attention as she does in about 100 other b horrors. This film is also an early work of rising writer/director Eli Roth which lets you know it's going to be a very over the top gorefest, which we usually aren't crazy about, but figured it works well being the Halloween time of year. Since it was on tv why not go for it?
The film starts off with a group of college grads who are looking for one last getaway before they enter the working world. Paul(Rider Strong), Karen, Bert, Marcy(Cerina), and Jeff head out to a remote cabin in the woods to kick off the party. They get a nice bonfire going and start to tell a very b story about a murderer who wacked a bunch of people then bowled with their bodyparts when they are interrupted by Eli Roth who makes a brief cameo. He is a total freak and only gets offered to chill once they find out he has a giant bag of doobage (oh yeah!). It's about the rain and he says he has to run to his tent real quick and will be back to smoke them out in about a half hour. As they eagerly await his return inside they get a knock at the door. Once they open it they are greeted by Harry the Hermit whose skin is falling off while he begs for help. The juice machine Bert freaks out shutting the door saying no way to letting him in for fear they will get whatever he's got. Since they don't let him in Harry the Hermit jumps in the car and tries to steal it. So whats the only logical thing to do? Jump out of the cabin with a golf club, bat, and shot gun and tear apart your own car (1 star earned). It was one of the most bizzare scenes but very hilarious. So as they freak telling Harry to get out he starts puking up blood all over the car. They finally get him out and somehow set him on fire where he goes running off into the woods. Oh the laughs were plentiful!
The following day 2 of the guys decide to find a mechanic since they trashed their own car. They are unsuccesful but do get a visit from an officer who was checking out the place after getting a disturbance call. For some reason he shows up the next day instead of when he gets the call but hey it's b. This cop is a total loser and is obsessed with partying. Paul tells the cop their car was attacked by a crazy homeless guy and thats it. The cop ignores the fact that the entire car is covered in bloood and the investigation ends with the cop saying he'll come back to party with them. Now that the cops gone the good times roll once Karen starts showing strange signs of being sick. It starts off with a crazy looking flesh eating rash on her leg which makes everyone freak out. And being the great friends they are they make her stay out in the shed so they don't become infected. From here on out the remaining crew does everything they can to stay healthy and work hard on getting the car fixed to get Karen to a doctor. By time they get the car running Bert takes off once he shows signs of the virus. He drives to a general store and becomes part of on of the top 5 strangest scenes we have ever scene. Some kid on a bench sees him and screams "PANCAKES!" over and over again then starts doing karate moves as he approaches. Once he gets up to Bert he bites his hand. No sure what any of this meant but it was very entertaining yet disturbing all at once. Bert then becomes hunted by some local hicks who fear he may spread the virus and wind up taking him out. One by one the rest bite the dust. It was all because the guy they set on fire jumped into a lake where he died contaminating the water supply. This then spread it throughout the group and appeared that it would affect the rest of the town after some kids have do a lemonade stand with water from the lake.
Cabin Fever really lacked in many departments but was a fun watch from a b standpoint. The acting is some of the worst we've seen in a more mainstream film. You really don't feel bad for the characters except the chick they dump in the shed. The rest of the film is filled with laughs and confusion. We can't give this one a strong recommendation but will say it may be worth it for some laughs. If you're a gore lover you should really like this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2005
Being a big time fan of horror movies, especially from the 70's and 80's I am not so high on most 90's till now ( 2005 ) horror but do like a few and CabinFever is one.
A bunch of kids go to the woods and drink some polluted water and get this flesh eating disease that also makes you vomit lots of blood, thats the plot.They all die one by one.
This movie is very good in its own way, not now and never will be a classic just a good decent horror movie with lots of blood and a pretty creepy story. The acting is not bad so thats not a problem. I brought this from best buy (when I was purchasing the "Blind Dead Collection")with a price tag of $9.99 and when purchased it rang for $6.99 which is even nicer and more of a reason to own it. This is just your regular run of the mill better than avg horror movie.
I wouldnt pay more than $10 for it but being between the prices of $5-$10 it is way worth it and a nice little piece to have in a horror collection.
A good story,good creepy feeling,a good amount of blood, well a lot of blood, a movie that I feel is viewable plenty of times and not a waste of money. If you are unsure go rent it first thats what I did about 1 year ago, but only just brought it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2004
If you're looking for an artsy movie, a suspenseful thriller, or a shocking horror film with psychological twists, then you may leave. Watching this, it should be pretty clear... nothing in this movie is supposed to be taken realistically. Note, I didn't say seriously. This isn't Scary Movie. This seems more like, a horror movie on horror movies.
Here's the setup. Bunch of good-looking, healthy, stereotypical college kids deep in the woods. Bacteria in the water cause a disease that eats flesh. The locals are all complete, oblivious, brain-dead, party animal, deadweights. It becomes obvious pretty early on there isn't going to be any mercy. Kids are trapped, they get to die horrendous deaths, and we get to kick back and watch, chuckling at every bad move they make as they attempt to save themselves, and cringing as they fail miserably.
If you haven't figured out that this is supposed to be somewhat silly, just take the infamous pancake scene. An utterly random moment of stupidity that's really almost unsettling in its lack of point and purpose. Looking at the cast, most of these youngsters seemed more involved in comedy than horror anyway, so I think that really says something about who the director was looking for.
There are plenty of throwbacks to the campy horror movies we loved or loathed in the past, but this is more of a parody on the genre, the perfect setup for an unstoppable gore fest that makes itself entertaining. Contemporary and witty on its own right, I wouldn't recommend this to a lot of people. Maybe if you liked Evil Dead. Probably if you liked Shaun of the Dead. Just don't expect to be scared out of your wits or to be seeing Scary Movie4. This movie's wisely settled itself somewhere in those shades of grey between comedy and horror.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2004
The reviewer who described this film as a 'Karaoke performance' was right on the mark. Roth - the director - is merely an imitator, an homage-merchant, and this film's skeletal structure is unashamedly taken directly from films like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Evil Dead", "The Hills Have Eyes" and, to a lesser extent, "Night Of The Living Dead" and "The Blair Witch Project". And the substance (the meat) of this film is precisely along the surrealistic lines of David Lynch's style of direction - which would explain why also some reviewers may see similarities to the original surrealist film makers, the Italians -- i.e., Bava, Leone, Antonioni, Argento, etc.
However - like Karaoke - this comparison does not make the film fully unentertaining or without its own original qualities and merits. The film is very well done, very well scored, very well choreographed and shot; convincingly gruesome and despairing; and the acting is precisely as it should be - downplayed and reflective of these types of characters, even though NOT ONE is likeable in the least way, and will be the dominant reason you'll wish to stop watching the film. 'Course, concerning the latter, most (not all) horror films produced after the 1960s had leading characters that the audience were not sympathetic to, which makes me think that this aspect of 'Cabin Fever' was also intended by its director.
The only thing that separates this film from the other films it imitates is its antogonist: a flesh-eating disease. However, despite this difference, 'Cabin Fever' is no different than the other films that are seen through the 'killer's' eyes; and the viewer will be along every step of the way, knowing precisely what will be coming next, and giving the few suprises the film holds in store all that much more impact by comparison.
I don't think this film is deserved of anymore than 3 stars, but I also don't think this film is deserved of any less than 3.
'Cabin Fever' is the best film of its kind: a reflective homage to a few inspirational and highly popular 70s/early 80s independent horror films. It's simple, darkly humourous, grotesque, disturbing, horrifying (to those who still know how to be horrified), and lots of fun. 'Cabin Fever' doesn't pretend to be anything else, so don't expect anything else.
Recommended for fans of 'Evil Dead', 'Return Of The Living Dead', and 'Dead End', as well as horror/comedies in general.
18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2004
My review title really says it all. With the exception of strong performances by Rider Strong, Cerina Vincent and Guisseppe Andrews, Cabin Fever is a resounding failure - both critically, as even enjoyable jaw-clenching horror fare and as a successful homage. The term "homage" (I'll be tempted to contract a flesh-eating virus myself if I have to hear this word ONE MORE TIME) is dreadfully overused here - by the DVD's director, the cast, the producers and everyone seemingly involved with this drek. Done well, a film homage successfully captures the styles of a genre and the creative sensibilities of people associated with a particular film or films and combines it with a unique sense of a filmmaker's vision. Done poorly - as in the case of "Cabin Fever" - and "homage" can be synonymous with a total absence of originality and an inability to blend someone else's style with your own. That's what happens here and unfortunately it just goes on and on and on. Writer/Director Roth has no particular vision or style of his OWN to bring to the homage party - no real grasp on what he wanted HIS film - homage or not - to be stylistically by the last reel. Neither particularly scary, nor funny, "Cabin Fever's" greatest weakness is, in this age of increasingly sophisticated movie-going audiences, its mess of a storyline. The overall concept is painfully simple and fine actually as far as the genre goes - but Roth manages to overcomplicate things - forgoing building real tension and jeopardy through character development (I mean - seriously - that's all that's left with these rehashes that can make them even remotely fresh, right?) his characters in lieu of throwing in one too many go-nowhere B-stories and horror-film-of-yore references, leaving the characters with nothing to do but stumble from disjointed scene to disjointed scene vomiting blood. As mentioned earlier, Strong, Vincent and Andrews (who's underused) do manage solid performances despite having far little to work with. The DVD's self-congratulatory tone and over-reliance on genre-dropping references (as if to dissuade the passionate horror viewer that they really, really did see something special) are maddening. For all of his passion - and so-called experiences making home-made horror movies, Roth shows a stunning lack of comprehensive ability...especially perplexing since he bemoans the near demise of good horror films in the early 1990's. Hmm...Mr. Roth...ever think that it was this kind of careless filmmaking that was the cause? Just a thought. It appears Roth's passion for horror films has outstripped his ability to effectively make them and despite his luck at being let loose in a movie-making candy store (just who financed this thing and approved him as director, I ask?!!), what he really needs is a good screenwriting class and more time - much more time - with his dad's video camera.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2006
I own this movie on DVD. I'm always one for a horror flick that has strong violence and especially gore on the box. This movie was OK. There were good scenes with good makeup effects. The movie is about a group of friends who go up to a cabin for a mini vacation. Not long after they are there, they come across a hobo type man who is suffering from a flesh eating skin condition. The group wants nothing to do with this man after he comes knocking on their door asking for help. They eventually set him on fire where he runs into the water which happens to be the same water that supplies their cabin. The water becomes infected with this disease and after one of the group members drinks the water and gets the same flesh eating disease, everyone is scared to come into contact with each other not knowing that it is the water making their friend so sick. There was a little gore in the film which made it good. Each one wonders who will be next. The movie keeps you interested enough to watch the whole movie and not regret it like other horror movies that turn out to be horrible. The ending makes you wonder if there will be a sequel. Good movie to rent or buy On Sale.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2006
"Cabin Fever" is an improvement over "Hostel", even though this film was first. Here, we atleast more gore than what we see in the other film. I'm also glad that they didn't have gore just to have gore, but it was part of the story. The story came together and was a little better than "Hostel" over all.
The acting was good, and the special effects were equally as good. The bad parts are that some things are stolen from other films and the movie really does start to drag towards the end of the movie. The last 20 minutes of the film could have been cut out. By the end, I found myself bored and wondering when the movie was going to be over. There is only so much of this movie you can take before it just gets boring. I also didn't like the rip off of "Night of the Living Dead". If you have seen the original "Night of the Living Dead" and how it ends, then you would have seen one of the final scenes of this movie. The people on this film also kept throwing up blood, which was very familiar to the people on 28 Days Later, another film that is much better than this.
Overall, the movie is ok. It is better than "Hostel", but just barely. When I saw barely, I mean it, both are not that good. I give the film 3 out of 5 since it did keep my interest and the gore was used correctly to add to the story and not just to have gore for no reason.