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Cabin Fever (2002)

Five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rider Strong ... Paul
Jordan Ladd ... Karen
James DeBello ... Bert
Cerina Vincent ... Marcy
Joey Kern ... Jeff
Arie Verveen ... Henry (The Hermit)
Robert Harris ... Old Man Cadwell
Hal Courtney Hal Courtney ... Tommy
Matthew Helms ... Dennis
Richard Boone Richard Boone ... Fenster
Tim Parati ... Andy
Dalton McGuire Dalton McGuire ... Lemonade Boy
Jana Farmer Jana Farmer ... Lemonade Girl
Dante Walker ... Shemp
Jeff Rendell Jeff Rendell ... Fake Shemp
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Storyline

The college friends Paul, Karen, Bert, Marcy and Jeff 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Unsichtbar. Lautlos. Tödlich. (Invisible. Silent. Deadly.) (German DVD) See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabin Fever See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,400,000, 14 September 2003

Gross USA:

$21,158,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,553,394
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Marcy sleeps with Paul it wasn't meant to seem so sudden. Scenes that were filmed but not included in the final movie show Marcy and Paul becoming closer before it happened. See more »

Goofs

In the quick dog's-eye-view shot of the mad dog attacking Marcy, Marcy is wearing both her sandals, however, this is followed by a blurry wide-shot of the dog savaging Marcy, with one of her sandals in the foreground, many feet away from Marcy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Hermit: Hey, boy. Hey, boy. Hey, boy. Unn? C'mon, boy. Hey. Hey. Hey, fella.
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Crazy Credits

Shiloh Strong ... Rider's Brother See more »

Alternate Versions

Lions Gate cut 2 minutes from the film for the US Theatrical Release. However, the uncut version did play at a few festivals before Lions Gate bought it. This version was released in North America on Blu-ray on February 10, 2016. A full list of scenes cut are:
  • The scene where they are in the shop in the beginning is removed from the "uncut" version and is replaced with an extended scene of them driving the truck through the woods. Then they stop when Burt says he left something back at the store and they have a longer conversation about the map.
  • The scene of Rider Strong going behind the building to wash his hands after Dennis's bite and he pets the stray dogs is removed from the "uncut" version.
  • A different angle of Jordan Ladd's character Karen swimming away after the "kiss" scene on the dock with Rider Strong.
  • When it is discovered that Karen has the disease during an intimate scene, there is an additional scene that follows the "Don't...Leave...Me!" where Burt comes into the room and yells at her about how the truck isn't ready yet, and they have to finish cleaning up the bum's blood.
  • An extended scene of everyone arguing around the fireplace when Burt makes a joke about his burnt marshmallow.
  • A scene of Burt sitting outside guarding the shed with his shot gun. This immediately follows when they hear the dog trying to get Karen in the shed and they shoot a bullet and tell Karen that they will stay outside with her to keep the dog away.
  • The gunshot to Burt's head in the cabin is bloodier. In the "R" rated version it cuts away quick and only shows the aftermath from a difficult-to-see angle.
  • An additional scene where Rider Strong grabs the long-haired hick after the attack and drags him down to the cellar. He yells at the hick as he throws him down there and says "When they get here, tell them I didn't do it!", then slams the door.
  • The human-bonfire scene when they say "We got another one in the basement" immediately goes to a shot of the cellar door opening from the inside, then a bunch of shotguns appear and start shooting like crazy. We see blood all over the walls. Then they pour gasoline and one cop lights a match and cellar goes up in flames followed by more shots of blood and guts on the walls, ceiling, and floor.
  • The end is switched around a little. Instead of just the cops drinking the contaminated lemonade followed by a country song with the townspeople, the whole entire town shows up and has a cup. There is additional dialog among the townspeople, different shots, and it shows the FDA man walking around more testing and the Water supply truck is in view longer.
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Good, but not great
17 January 2006 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

Director Eli Roth's first movie, "Cabin Fever", has been considered a breath of fresh air and a wake up call for the horror genre; while it is certainly different from most of this generation horror movies, the movie has a few big flaws that hurt the film and make the experience no as satisfying.

Let's start from the beginning, the plot is an quite clever take on the "alone in the woods" set up. A group of college students go to a cabin in the woods in order to spent a week of beer, fun and sex. Everything goes right until they meet a hermit that carries a strange but deadly disease. While they get rid of him, one of them get the disease, and soon they find each other fighting between them and turning against each other.

The plot is very original and is a great setting for a horror movie. Sadly, and while it really delivers some suspense, the concept of friends turning against each other is soon forgotten and we get strange scenes of comic relief that feel out of place. It is one of the major flaws because at the times when the suspense rises Roth suddenly includes an anti-climatic joke that not only breaks the suspense, it breaks the whole pace and rhythm of the movie.

Fortunately, when the movie remembers it is a horror, it really works. The disease is some kind of flesh-eating bacteria that slowly rots the body while the person is still alive. The SFX of the disease symptoms are top-notch and the camera work is outstanding in general.

The acting is quite good, and better than average; sadly,their performances are ruined by the uneven script that makes the characters unlikeable. A big mistake in my opinion, because horror movies make you feel sympathy for the character, not hate. However, I repeat, it is certainly not the actor's fault, because the script demands them to be that way. A shame indeed, because the cast ends up playing cartoons instead of real characters.

The direction is remarkably good, with a definite style of its own although it clearly shows its influences, particularly Sam Raimi and his cult classic "Evil Dead". It makes a good movie that is worth a watch.

Eli Roth has a bright future, with a better script he certainly will deliver a masterpiece soon. However, "Cabin Fever" is a good debut, a fine horror movie, but not the outstanding masterpiece the hype pretends it is. 6/10. Good movie? Yes. Future of horror? Not yet.


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