Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

3.4 18
Director: Eli Roth

Cast: Eli Roth, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello, Rider Strong

     
 

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Five college buddies retreat to the woods for a little R & R and end up getting a horrific lesson in infectious disease in this low-budget shocker. Cabin Fever stars Rider Strong as the geeky Paul, who hopes to settle in around the campfire with his brash buds Jeff (Joey Kern) and Bert (James DeBello), and make the moves on the nubile-but-shy Karen (Jordan LaddSee more details below

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Five college buddies retreat to the woods for a little R & R and end up getting a horrific lesson in infectious disease in this low-budget shocker. Cabin Fever stars Rider Strong as the geeky Paul, who hopes to settle in around the campfire with his brash buds Jeff (Joey Kern) and Bert (James DeBello), and make the moves on the nubile-but-shy Karen (Jordan Ladd). Unfortunately, a wayward, forest-dwelling vagrant (Arie Verveen) stumbles into their lives, his skin badly desiccated by a mysterious virus. Fearing for their own lives, the quintet decide to do away with the man, with little success: He stumbles away from the campsite and into a nearby stream, where his disease quickly infects the local water supply. It isn't long before the oblivious co-eds get a taste of the man's illness, and in their desperation, each learns that he or she will stop at nothing to survive. Cabin Fever premiered at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival, where it was snapped up by Lions Gate for a fall 2003 release.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
The recipient of an inordinate amount of hype after a bidding war made it one of the hot buys at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival, Eli Roth's quickie horror comedy may be a notch sicker than the average studio shocker -- and righteously so -- but don't mistake its lame stabs at humor for anything resembling actual wit. Cabin Fever seems less like an homage to Night of the Living Dead and The Evil Dead -- as some critics have suggested -- and more like a facsimile of those films' many rip-offs. Although the laughs don't come from the Scream school of self-aware in-jokes, Roth still indulges in facile ironies. He can't zero in on what his script's horrific flesh-eating virus is supposed to represent: Fever's coed campers are sex-obsessed, but the film isn't about hormonal horror; and though the main characters are full of anti-outsider, anti-rural-bumpkin vitriol, the movie shares their classist, myopic point-of view. Of course, subtext wouldn't matter if the film were genuinely scary, but Roth consistently undercuts the suspense with disingenuous splatter and throwaway ethnic gags that would have seemed dated in 1981. As far as 2003 virus pictures go, there's no question Roth's is better than the big-budget debacle Dreamcatcher, but one need only look to Danny Boyle's shot-on-the-cheap offering 28 Days Later for proof of Cabin Fever's inadequacies.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0031398110651
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jordan Ladd Karen
James DeBello Bert
Rider Strong Paul
Joey Kern Jeff
Cerina Vincent Marcy
Arie Verveen The Hermit
Giuseppe Andrews Deputy Winston
Eli Roth Justin
Richard Boone Fenster
Robert Harris Old Man Cadwell
Matthew Helms Dennis
Brandon Johnson Ray Shawn
Tim Parati Andy
Jay Aaseng Sir Chug-a-lot
Joe Adams Killer
Evan Astrowsky helpless bystander
Noah Belson Guitar Man
Luke Blackwood Dennis Double
Matt Cappiello Troubadour
Julie Childress Beautiful Wife
Hal Courtney Tommy
Jeff Evans Happy Wednesday Band
Jana Farmer Lemonade Girl
Philip Fox Evil Deputy
Sam Froelich Doctor 1
Richard Fullerton The Sheriff
J.K. Godbold Happy Wednesday Band
Donald Lee Hall Shooter
Michael Harding Shotgun Casey
Mike Hill Happy Wednesday Band
Jeff Hoffman Victim
Paige Hunter Underage Girl
Darcy Jo Martin Shiloh's Girlfriend
Dean Masserman Victim,Mr. Mom
Jessica Masserman Winston's Date
Doug McDermott Harmonica Man
Dalton McGuire Lemonade Boy
Jeremy A. Metcalf Shooter
Mark Morse Shocked Guy
John Neff Victim
Nancy Neff Victim
Michael Reardon Victim
Jeff Rendell Fake Shemp
Rock Doctor Mambo, The Dog
Cherie Rodgers Cadwell's Crush
Adam Roth The Happy Bald Guy
Gabriel Roth and the Mirrors Shooter
Mark Schwarz Hospital Attendant
Matthew Schwarz The Bad Influence
Shana Schwarz Hospital Hottie
Jessica Shortkoff Cat Hat Girl
Heather Simmons Shocked Girl
Shiloh Strong Shiloh
Bill Terrell Happy Wednesday Band
Richard Terrell Happy Wednesday Band
Tommy Terrell Doctor P. Frink, Doctor 2
Gino Vincent Cerina's Brother
Dante Walker Shemp
Christy Ward The Hog Lady
Glenn Weisberger Victim
Roy Wood Victim

Technical Credits
Eli Roth Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Joe Adams Casting
Evan Astrowsky Producer
Chad Atkinson Makeup Special Effects
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Nathan Barr Score Composer
Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Jordan Beswick Casting
Jeffree Bloomer Sound Mixer
Connie Cadwell Makeup Special Effects
Paloma Candelaria Costumes/Costume Designer
Angelo Carbone Production Designer
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Mitzi Corrigan Casting
Corrigan & Johnston Casting Casting
Bruce Cowen Co-producer
Ayo Davis Casting
Susan Deweese Asst. Director
Ryan Folsey Editor
Robert Freitas Makeup Special Effects
Sam Froelich Producer
Beth Hathaway Makeup Special Effects
Jeffrey D. Hoffman Executive Producer
Susan Jackson Executive Producer
Scott Kevan Cinematographer
Lou Kiss Makeup Special Effects
Kurtzman Makeup Special Effects
Michael Lauer Co-producer
Harrison Lorenzana Makeup Special Effects
Michael McCarty Makeup Special Effects
Katrina Migliore Costumes/Costume Designer
Lauren Moews Producer
Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Scott Patton Makeup Special Effects
Randy Pearlstein Screenwriter
Ben Rittenhouse Makeup Special Effects
Shannon Shea Makeup Special Effects
Al Tuskes Makeup Special Effects
Steven M. Weiss Sound Mixer

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