REVIEW: CABIN FEVER (2016)

CAST

Gage Golightly (The Asylum)
Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man)
Samuel Davis (Machete Kills)
Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl)
Dustin Ingram (Sky High)
Randy Schulman (Wild)
George Griffith (Insecurity)
Louise Linton (The Echo)
Teresa Decher (The Waiting List)

While not a shot-for-shot remake (the angles and cinematography are different), this remake uses the same script as the 2002 original with slight alterations. Despite this seemingly pointless exercise, I was prepared to give it a chance and not hate it for failing to aspire to anything original. I’ll go on the record saying I -wanted- to like this film, despite some unease after watching the trailer. I’m sad to say it fails to live up to the original in nearly every regard.

What sets this remake apart from it’s 2002 predecessor is the lack of any chemistry between the actors. It’s not that any one particular actor is singularly bad, it’s that none of them feel like they’re in the same movie. It literally feels as if they pulled random strangers off the streets and asked them to make-believe they were friends for a weekend. I simply couldn’t buy that any of them would take off for a weekend together, much less have known one another for years, as is the case for at least two of the characters. They feel like strangers and it doesn’t help that all of them seem to be acting as if they’re in completely different films–the disconnect is that apparent. It’s upsetting that, despite having many of the same scenes and lines as their original characters, everyone in the cast feels so disconnected from the script that they utterly fail to bring any of their characters to life. They’re the ghosts of what we saw in the original film, the acting completely lifeless. It’s as if none of them wanted to be there.

Roth’s trademark humor is also excised in favor of a few random throwaway jokes, delivered in such a deadpan tone by the actors that each one falls flat on its face. This time around, the director goes for a more serious approach to the material (a mistake, I believe) and attempts to paint the film as a tragedy. Nothing attempts to sell this more than the overly-ambitious music score, which is so epic at times that it feels like it belongs in a big-scale war movie. The composer feels the need to John Williams this thing up at times, which just leaves the viewer scratching their heads at why such a big spectacle of a score is being utilized for a film that largely takes place in a single cabin.

As if to keep from being too familiar, the deaths are altered just enough to qualify as being original, as long as you don’t count on being surprised. Practically everything is telegraphed a mile in advance thanks in no small part to the reliance on the original script so that even the prospect of new deaths isn’t enough to warrant much excitement.

Perhaps the biggest blunder is the recasting of Deputy Winston as a woman, played by an actress with zero comedic timing (although this doesn’t stop her from being handed humorous dialogue). The character is a painful reminder that no one invested in this remake knows how to bring life to their character.


The entire film is permeated with a depressing lack of passion on or off camera. It’s as if no one wanted to be doing this. Roth’s Original  film, while certainly underrated by many, at least felt as if it was made by someone who cares. This is a lifeless remake.

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REVIEW: CABIN FEVER 3: PATIENT ZERO

CAST

Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings)
Currie Graham (Agent Carter)
Ryan Donowho (Broken Flowers)
Brando Eaton (American Sniper)
Jillian Murray (Never Back Down 2)
Mitch Ryan (Groupie)
Sally Duran (A Dark truth)
Lynda Hearst (The Barber)
Claudette Lali (Falling Up)

The story centers about the initial outbreak of the virus. On a remote island, a prisoner named Porter (like Typhoid Mary, he is a carrier unaffected by the virus) is being held in a lab by scientists trying to create a vaccine. In an attempt to free himself, Porter forces a lockdown of the station and spreads the virus outside of the lab by infecting a mouse.

When four friends on a bachelor party boat ride land on the island, two of them are infected by swimming in the contaminated water. Searching for help, they make their way to the science lab but find everyone inside infected or dead. The remaining survivors, Marcus and Camila leave the island with Porter. Tricking them into drinking contaminated water and destroying the motor, following with an unknown ending.. Porter is the only person to leave the island in the end.

I enjoyed the suspense of the film which usually occurs throughout the first half of most horror film and loved the story build up. However, I never expected the events which is always a plus to any horror fan. I’d have to say though that because you don’t really suspect the ending, you’re left with many questions and assumptions which isn’t necessarily always bad but sometimes can keep the viewers attention on other aspects of the film rather than what is really being portrayed. Although a fourth outing was planned it would later be scrapped in favor or a remake.

REVIEW: CABIN FEVER 2

CAST

Rider Strong (Pulse 3)
Noah Segan (Looper)
Alexi Wasser (Choose)
Rusty Kelley (Dear Pillow)
Marc Senter (Starry Eyes)
Giuseppe Andrews (Two Guys and a Girl)
Michael Bowen (Kill Bill)
Judah Friedlander (The Wrestler)
Lindsey Axelsson (The Killing Jar)

ojqv78Sometime after the events of the previous film, a very disfigured Paul (Rider Strong) escapes from the creek and wanders through the woods, leaving pieces of his own flesh along the way. When he finally manages to make it to the highway, he is splattered and killed by a school bus. His remains are checked by Deputy Winston Olsen (Giuseppe Andrews), the local policeman from the previous film. Winston assures the shocked bus driver that he had hit a moose. The creek Paul was lying in turns out to be connected to a bottled-water company and the infected water was distributed to the local high school.  John (Noah Segan), a senior at the high school, is deciding whether to go to prom with his long-time crush Cassie (Alexi Wasser) or stay home. His friend Alex (Rusty Kelley) is against going until he hooks up with a girl named Liz (Regan Deal). She says if she can get off work that night, she will meet him there.  John asks Cassie to go to prom but she refuses. Meanwhile, Winston is at a restaurant where a worker from the bottled-water company dies from the infection. He then realizes the creek got heavily contaminated and goes to the water plant to tell the officials that the water is contaminated. The worker he informs is quickly killed by a group of CCD (Contamination Control Division) soldiers in NBC suits. Winston leaves before they can get to him.
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At the high school the infection begins to spread slowly. Frederica (Amanda Jelks) dies in the swimming pool from the infection and Rick (Thomas Blake, Jr.) is killed when he drowns after hitting his head on the side of the pool and falling in. Alex is disappointed that Liz did not come, while John gets into a fight with Cassie’s boyfriend Marc (Marc Senter). Principal Sinclair (Michael Bowen) then kicks John out. Cassie follows him and John angrily confesses his love to her. CCD then forces John and Cassie back into the school. The CCD locks all of the main exits from the school and kill Principal Sinclair when he demands to know what is going on. The infection then begins to kill the students in the gym at an alarming rate. The gym is then gassed from the outside. Cassie, John, and Alex watch in horror as all the students are killed. Winston is picked up by his cousin Herman (Mark Borchardt), ready to leave town.

Alex discovers he is infected and that the disease is incurable necrotizing fasciitis. The only way to stop the infection is to amputate the infected limb. However, Alex’s infection is already too severe and he stays behind. John begins to show signs of the infection too and lets Cassie amputate his hand to stop it. Cassie’s boyfriend Marc then comes out of nowhere, hits Cassie with a hammer, and tries to kill John but Cassie recovers and kills him with a nail gun. The two leave the school only to be ambushed by the CCD. John stalls them, allowing Cassie to escape. She finds herself on the highway and stops Herman’s van. Winston and Herman take Cassie with them. The camera shows her back where she is starting to show signs of infection.
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Meanwhile, Alex’s date Liz is at her workplace. She is a stripper at Teazers and she spreads the infection to the customers, who in turn spread it further around the country and even to Mexico. Liz arrives home later that night, sick, and goes to bed, thinking “I should’ve fucking gone to prom.” After the credits, Dane and Darryl are shown watching television and Dane says “Prom blows.”Cabin Fever 2 is definitely worth the watch. It has one of the best opening sequences in b-movie history, and you can tell by the cinematography that Ti West not only knows his stuff, but has a deep love for the genre. I wish they would have given him creative freedom, as I feel this would become a cult classic, but as it stands, we’re left with a competent, gory, fun romp at the prom, with a bloodbath that makes “Carrie” look like Babe.

REVIEW: CABIN FEVER (2002)

CAST

Jordan Ladd (Death Proof)
Rider Strong (Pulse 3)
James DeBello (American Pie)
Cerina Vincent (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
Joey Kem (Super Troopers)
Robert Harris (Eyeborgs)
Giuseppe Andrews (Two Guys and a Girl)

A hermit walking in the woods comes across his dog. He tries to get the dog’s attention, but the dog is dead due to a bloody infection, and the hermit comes into contact with the infected blood.  A group of college students, Jeff, Marcy, Paul, Karen, and Burt, take a vacation to a remote cabin in the woods to celebrate the start of spring break. Jeff and Marcy are in a physical relationship, while Paul is trying to get his childhood friend Karen to sleep with him. Burt is the proverbial “fifth wheel” of the group. Upon their visit to a local convenience store, they meet an unusual boy named Dennis, who has a tendency to bite people. When the five get to the cabin, Jeff and Marcy have sex while Paul and Karen go for a swim. Meanwhile, Burt goes out to shoot squirrels with his rifle, but ends up shooting the hermit, now disfigured and bloody. The hermit flees, but Burt does not tell anyone about the incident.

That night, the friends gather around a campfire, where they are joined by a friendly drifter named Justin, who prefers to be called Grimm, and his angry dog, Dr. Mambo. After they share some marijuana, it starts to rain, so Grimm leaves with his dog to pack up his stuff. While the friends wait for Grimm indoors, the hermit returns, in a much worse state than before and begging for help. Burt shuts the door on the sick hermit, who then tries to steal the group’s car, while vomiting blood all over it. When the hermit threatens Marcy and Karen, Paul accidentally sets the hermit on fire while trying to ward him off. The group looks for help the next day. Jeff and Burt find a helpful neighbor, but leave when they find out she’s the dead hermit’s cousin. To make matters worse, Dr. Mambo begins harassing the group. Paul later gets assistance from police Deputy Winston, who promises to send up a tow truck, but in the meantime encourages Paul to have a good time and party. Paul goes on to comfort Karen, who is upset over the killing of the hermit. After he calms her down, it appears Paul is finally going to have sex with her, but when he goes to touch her, he discovers a massive bloody infection on her thigh. The group isolates her in a shed outside of the cabin.

After fixing the truck, Burt begins coughing up blood, revealing he is infected, but does not tell the others. After Karen vomits blood on the truck, Jeff takes the group’s remaining beer and leaves. Burt goes back to the convenience store to get help, but incurs the wrath of Dennis’s father after inadvertently infecting Dennis with the disease when Dennis bites him. Showing more signs of infection, Burt flees, chased by Dennis’s father and two friends. After moving Karen back to the shed, Marcy and Paul return to the cabin and have unprotected sex on a whim. Immediately regretting the affair, Paul leaves while Marcy, who developed infected sores on her back during the sex, takes a bath, crying. When she shaves her legs the flesh begins to peel off and she runs outside in a panic, where she is chased and killed by Dr. Mambo who tears her apart.

Meanwhile, Paul discovers the dead body of the hermit floating in a reservoir, revealing the infection has been spreading through the drinking water. After racing back to the cabin, Paul finds Marcy’s gory remains and Dr. Mambo feeding on Karen in the shed. After killing Dr. Mambo with Burt’s gun, Paul puts Karen out of her misery by beating her to death with a shovel. A dying Burt later returns to the cabin, still pursued by Dennis’s father and his two companions. Burt is brutally killed by the posse who shoot him, before Paul kills all three of them. After killing Dennis’ father and his friends, Paul sets out to find Jeff. Finding the dismembered body of Grimm and discovering early signs that he is infected, Paul takes the group from the convenience store’s truck and hits a deer, covering him in blood. He later reunites with Deputy Winston, who is partying with underage drinkers. After Winston is radioed about several infected people in a cabin going on a killing spree, Paul attacks and infects several of Winston’s friends before knocking Winston out. Paul is later picked up by a passing truck and dropped off at a hospital. There, he is interrogated about the virus, but he cannot provide any response. The sheriff tells Winston to “take care” of Paul. Paul tries to warn Winston about the drinking water by saying “water…” but Winston only responds by dumping him at the edge of a creek.

The next day, Jeff, who has been hiding out and drinking in the woods, returns to the cabin. Initially crying after seeing the remains of his friends, he later becomes ecstatic upon realizing he is the only one who made it without being infected. As he raises his arms in victory, he is gunned down and killed by several police officers, who burn his body along with the others. Back at the convenience store, a couple of children sell lemonade, that they have made with water from the creek Paul was dumped in, to the same police officers. In addition, a large truck, filled with bottles of water taken from the creek, can be seen leaving the store.

Eli Roth is a very hit and miss director and star, Cabin fever however is by far his best piece of work, a great original horror with some crazy messed up ideas.he movie does have a hint of dark humor to it too, if you love horror than this is begging to be in your collection.