Cabin Fever (2003)

A weekend getaway to a cabin in the woods turns deadly for five friends when they become infected with a flesh-eating virus in Eli Roth's debut Horror film. Roth is known for being a true-blooded genre fan, which is evident in the visual and musical references he makes to films like LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and others. CABIN FEVER caters to the modern Horror audiences that grew up with the excessive Splatter films from the 80s, dishing up gratuitous amounts of nudity, gore, and gross-outs. It introduces a series of oddball characters, from the off-beat shopkeepers in town and their pancake-loving son to the party-crazed Deputy Winston. Roth brings together an enjoyable cast, but his writing is decidedly weaker than in his next effort, HOSTEL, and there are many spotty moments found in the performances. Despite its flaws, CABIN FEVER strikes an even balance between the dark humor and horror, while also offering clean cinematography and a unique twist on classic genre conventions.

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
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  1. I liked it when I first saw it but I've never had any desire to revisit it. In general though I tend to feel that way about Roth's movies.

  2. Give a film crew and a reasonably large budget to a 14 year old, the result = Cabin Fever

  3. I didn't think this one was great, but I did enjoy it. It was filmed about 45 minutes away from me. I have a friend in Pinnacle so I pass that store (Priddy's Store) when going up there. This one was a more visceral experience than the sequel, imo.

  4. I never understood the huge following behind it, I like CABIN FEVER, and Ive seen it too many goddamned times, but its a guilty pleasure more than anything else. Just happened to be the first movie me and the wife ever saw together.