93 Min. | Comedy – Horror | December 2002
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Director: Eli Roth
Staring: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello
Cabin Fever Review: Before Cabin Fever came out, the word in the horror world was that Cabin Fever is one of the most gruesome, bloodiest, scariest, funniest, craziest horror movie ever. So when it opened in theaters, everyone’s expectation was sky high. Cabin Fever is directed by up and comer Eli Roth. He’s a guy that loves horror films and mentioned in several articles this movie pay homage to his favorites like Evil Dead. Cabin Fever is about 5 college kids who had just finish test finals and are enjoying some relaxation and fun in a cabin in the woods but the fun is cut short when they learn a flesh eating bacteria disease is around. The main character Paul is played by Boy Meets World actor Rider Strong. Rider was surprisingly good in this movie and Paul is the character you root for the most to not get the disease.
In Cabin Fever, the college friends Paul (Rider Strong), Karen (Jordan Ladd), Bert (James DeBello), Marcy (Cerina Vincent) and Jeff (Joey Kern) rent an isolated cabin in the woods to spend a week together. When they arrive, a man contaminated with a weird disease asks for help to them, but they get in panic and burn the man, who falls in the water reservoir and dies. The whole group, except Karen, makes a pact of drinking only beer along the week without knowing where the dead body is. When Karen drinks tap water and gets the disease, the group begins their journey to hell. Cabin Fever is funny. The funniest movie ever? Hell no! This movie is scary. The scariest movie ever? Hell no! This movie is bloody. The bloodiest? Hell no!
So finally enjoying Cabin Fever for what it’s worth and it is and has a potential to end up being a horror movie classic. There are tons of films that people hated when it first came out and then come to love it semi years later. “Cabin Fever” is a collection of cliches and parts of horror movies (“Evil Dead”, “Outbreak”, “The Night of the Living Dead” – the remake, “Braindead” etc.) that works very well. There is lots of gore, impressive special effects and this movie has potential to become cult. In the cover of the Brazilian DVD, there is a reference to Peter Jackson, who seems to have liked this movie too.