Cabin Fever: Unrated Director's Cut
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I didn't know that there's a different between dvd and bluray and bought the dvd.
The bluray was unrated and the dvd was rated R. BLURAY is longer then the dvd as well. Read more
It's not scary at all but is fun to watch... The concept is weird... and new.Published 26 days ago by Eddie Mercado
It's a sick film about a flesh eating and highly contagious virus that has infected a bunch of teenage punks. Gruesome, I tell you!Published 2 months ago by King Saul
campy but fun. I really enjoyed it. I like the mix of comedy and horror elements to blend into a good film.Published 4 months ago by Matt_Dudley
Awesome service and product thank you great film and transferPublished 6 months ago by craig fulton dalgetty
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|Does this version have Roth's shorts? (The Rotten Fruit)||
The Rotten Fruit shorts are included on the blu-ray.
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You can buy this at Amazon.ca (Canada) for $22 US dollars
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