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Cabin Fever (2016)


February 18, 2016 - 5:42pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Armory Films, cabin, cabin fever, Cassian Elwes, Contend, Dustin Ingram, Eli Roth, Gage Golightly, infection, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker, Pelican Point Media, Randy Pearlstein, remake, Samuel Davis, the woods, Travis Zariwny, virus

Your rating: None Average: 2.9 (7 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
5
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Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Travis Zariwny
Cast: 
Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker


While nobody asked for a remake of 2002's Cabin Fever, we got one anyway and apparently with the backing of original writer/director Eli Roth (who serves as executive producer here). I personally didn't care much for the original movie, which I found a little too slow and silly at times, but I think I was most disappointed with its lack of gore. Keep in mind prior to the film's release Eli Roth made a lot of promises and hyped the flick up to be this gorefest that it surely wasn't. My expectations were clearly set too high.

Now we have this unnecessary remake where someone had the brilliant idea to use the same damn script from the original, and though it isn't exactly a shot-by-shot remake, it definitely felt like it since almost nothing was changed. I say "almost" because there are some differences from its predecessor. The story and characters pretty much remained the same: a group of attractive 20-somethings go to an isolated cabin in the woods and contract some kind of flesh eating bacteria, and blah, blah; if you saw the original then you know the story. However, one obvious difference was they gender-swapped Deputy Winston's character with a hot blonde. But why they did that is beyond me, because she basically says the same shit as the weird guy before her, so what was the point? And not to mention her acting was awful; in fact everyone outside of the lead group were terrible.

Surprisingly, the remake did manage to get some things right--the production values were better than the first movie, as well as the directing. It also has a more serious tone than the original, which had these random bouts of comedy that didn't quite fit the movie. There's also more and better gore in certain scenes and the deaths were a bit more fleshed out (get it!?). And yes, the "pancakes kid" is in here, but luckily doesn't do some ridiculous slow-mo martial arts routine like in Roth's version. So, while proven to obviously be a pointless remake, it did get some things right. Had they only bothered to change the script it could've been a much better film.

Cabin Fever proves to be a worthless remake for anyone who already saw the first, as the filmmakers opted to use the same script and offer almost nothing new. Though, they did improve in some aspects, like the look and tone of the movie, but also most notably the deaths, which were a bit gorier and extended. If you haven't seen Eli Roth's version then you may dig this, but if you have then I'd recommend just skipping it.

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