Cabin Fever is a 2016 American horror film directed by Travis Zariwny (under the pseudonym Travis Z) and written by Eli Roth. A remake of Roth's 2002 film of the same name and the fourth overall installment in the Cabin Fever franchise. The film stars Samuel Davis, Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker, and Dustin Ingram. The film was released on February 12, 2016, by IFC Midnight. Eli Roth, writer and director of the original film, acts as co-writer and executive producer. The film was poorly received by critics and underperformed at the box office.
A forest-dwelling hermit discovers his dog has died from a mysterious illness and is sprayed by its infected blood. Five young friends, Paul, Karen, Bert, Jeff and Marcy have rented a cabin in the same woods for a week-long vacation. The group stops for supplies at Priddy's General Store. Dennis, the intellectually-disabled son of the store manager, unexpectedly bites Paul's hand.
Later that night, the infected hermit comes to the cabin in search of help. Bert slams the door in his face and the desperate man tries to steal the group's vehicle. A conflict ensues between the hermit and the five friends, during which they accidentally cripple their car and set fire to the hermit. He runs off into the woods, presumably to his death.
The next day, Jeff and Bert head out in search of help. They encounter a farmer who offers to help them, but hastily leave when they discover that the hermit is her cousin. Meanwhile, Deputy Winston arrives at the cabin to investigate reports of the previous night's commotion. Paul explains things without mentioning the hermit's presumed death. Winston promises to send a tow truck before departing.
Paul returns to the boat shed where Karen begs him to kill her. His gun is empty and since he's unable to finish the job of splitting her face with a shovel, Paul sets the shed on fire and watches in horror as Karen is completely burned alive. Bert makes it back to the cabin, but he is followed and shot dead by Tommy. Paul recovers Bert's rifle and guns down Tommy and his two accomplices. Paul escapes in Tommy's truck, but crashes it into a tree and explodes. Covered in blood, Paul stumbles upon a small campfire party attended by Deputy Winston. Winston receives a radio call from the sheriff ordering her to shoot Paul on sight. However, Paul convinces Winston to let him go instead.
Despite being released to theaters in 2003, Cabin Fever ended up getting a remake in 2016, and here's why Eli Roth signed off on the project. As a director and general pop culture figure, Roth has ended up somewhat divisive, in a manner akin to someone like Rob Zombie. Those who love Roth's work and Roth himself tend to be loyal supporters, while Roth's army of detractors is also quite vocal. Still, he continues to work all the time in various capacities, and seems to be doing fine overall.
IFC Films has acquired the distribution rights for the highly-anticipated Cabin Fever remake, which was directed by Travis Zariwny, a.k.a. Travis Z. IFC will release this horror movie in 2016, although a specific release date was not given at this time. Here's what director Travis Z had to say about his film getting picked up by IFC Films.
We first reported on the Cabin Fever remake back in October 2014, when it was announced that Travis Zariwny will direct from Eli Roth and Randy Pearlstein's original script that was turned into the 2002 movie. The original movie and the remake follow a group of five college kids who rent a cabin in the woods for a fun-filled weekend of partying. The weekend turns out much different than they intended, as they begin to fall victim to a flesh-eating virus and all hell breaks loose.
Broken up into seven chapters, the Slovakian film is set in a remote mountain village where medieval superstitions are still considered a way of life. Two decades after accidentally causing the disappearance of her younger sister while running away from an abusive home, Charlotte (Natalia Germani) returns to the village where she grew up to claim her inheritance from her late mother, including a cabin that legend claims is cursed by a local witch, Otilia (Iva Bittová).
If Cabin Fever 2016 were an all-new movie with no history of previous installments, it might have generated some goodwill for creativity. Like Roth's original, it occasionally goes off on odd tangents, notably in its portrayal of small-town hillbillies who are depicted as genuinely weird rather than the obvious Deliverance stereotypes we're used to in this kind of thing. Unfortunately, director Travis Z doesn't quite have Roth's sense of humor about the whole thing, and takes it all very seriously. This plays to his strengths when it comes to the super-crisp cinematography and production design, but less so when he tries to play scenes like a botched mercy-killing as dire drama, amping up the dramatic score and neglecting the pitch-black comedy potential in the moment.
In the end, what must be asked is why - besides an easy residual check for Roth - remake the original at all? It's no horror masterpiece, and I'd argue it's the director's least-good film, which is as it should be given it's his first. Perhaps the coincidentally timed news headlines about the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, will render the drinking-water-transmitted disease in the movie somewhat more relevant to viewers, but that seems a stretch. Add in our fears of Ebola in the last couple of years, and you'd think there'd be a way to make this a fright feature that could resonate better in 2016 than 2002. But to do that, you'd have to pay a talented writer to update the thing. And budget-wise, that might be missing the point, even if it's crucial from an audience perspective.
In this grisly remake of the 2002 horror hit, five college chums rent an isolated woodland cabin for a party. But their fun quickly ends when the group is exposed to a hideous flesh-eating virus, and survival becomes the name of the game.
We have the horny couple, Jeff and Marcy (Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker), pretty Karen (Gage Golightly), who is keeping Paul (Samuel Davis) in the friend-zone, and Bert (Dustin Ingram), the fifth wheel. Bert invites the trouble by shooting the infected Henry (Randy Schulman), who later shows up at their cabin looking for help. The cast is unremarkable and unlikeable.
It's a strange week on the home market, as there are no first-run releases and very few other releases to make up the difference. There are some contenders for Pick of the Week, but all of them are foreign-language films, which is again odd. In fact, two of them, Only Yesterday and The Boy and the World, are animated. However, in the end, I went with The Mermaid, which deserves to be seen by more and Blu-ray is a great way to see it. More...Limited and VOD Releases: Invading a Theater Near YouFebruary 12th, 2016
The group are on their way to a cabin in the middle of the woods (standard) and stop at a small store on the way which is run by country bumpkin-type folk (again, standard) to pick up some supplies for their trip. The hillbillies are a little bit Royston Vasey, very casually racist, but not overly murderous like a lot of horror movies. The weirdest thing about them is Dennis, the son of one of the shop workers who likes to bite people who sit next to him.
When we arrive at the cabin Jeff and Marcy immediately start having sex, Bert heads off into the woods to shoot some squirrels with his air rifle, and Paul decides to pine over Karen, who he has fancied since they were kids but has yet to make a move.
The cabin in the remake is beautiful in comparison to the standard horror movie cabin from the original. Aside from the flesh-eating disease, I would definitely live here. Everything plays out the same, except Bert has an assault rifle rather than an air rifle, so when he accidentally shoots the hermit, he really fucking shoots him. Karen is also snapping some selfies with Paul, just to bring the movie up to date, and mentions that even though she has no signal, her photos will upload eventually. FORESHADOWING!
Settings: Cabin Fever puts us in a cabin in the middle of nowhere which should make this an intense film.Special Effects: Cabin Fever has effects that seem to be a step back from the original and its sequels.
From the Press Release: "On July 5, 2016, Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, present Cabin Fever and The Pack, two suspenseful thrillers making their Blu-ray and DVD debut!
Perhaps most notable in Linton's body of work was her attempt to fill Giuseppe Andrews' shoes in the role of Deputy Winston in the 2016 "Cabin Fever" remake. He was charismatic and funny, she was bland and forgettable.
Still, theres an outbreak horror germ of a good idea in the film, one that could potentially be explored with style, urgency and a more sophisticated character design. New director Travis Z. (real name: Travis Zariwny) isnt interested in such things, however. Instead he and writer Randy Pearlstein simply regurgitate the same story, with a new gaggle of bland actors (here played by Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis, Nadine Crocker, Dustin Ingram and Gage Golightly) simply spilling into their almost-isolated cabin in the woods for a weekend of weed, sex and irritating stupidity, encountering wanna-be-eccentric locals and once again running afoul of a flesh-eating disease that causes its hosts to literally melt and spread a Velveeta-cheesy plague. 781b155fdc