Worth A Look: 10.44%
Pretty Bad: 6.32%
Total Crap: 22.53%
10 reviews, 304 user ratings
by Chris Parry
The slasher film genre has been pretty badly beaten up over the last few years, as the likes of Miramax and New Line have put out films that were far more interested in stupid humor and massive cleavage than an honestly scary, gooey, tits-out-for-the-lads story. Thankfully, Lions Gate Films has beaten away a horde of interested buyers to snare a low budget horror opus, called Cabin Fever, which is so funny, so well made, so perfectly performed and so gratutitous in every respect that it may well single-handedly destroy the PG-13 slasher flick forever. This flick, from start to finish, is unadulterated hack'n'slash genius.We've heard the set-up a gazillion times before; five horny, stupid teenagers take a trip to the old log cabin where they'll drink and screw and shoot squirrels. But then something comes out of the woods and it isn't very happy.
"I haven't laughed so hard, or been so grossed out, in a long time."
No, we're not talking a bastard son of a thousand maniacs. We're not talking mutated monsters. In fact, I'm not going to tell you what comes out of the woods to spoil these teenagers' weekend - you should know absolutely nothing about this film when you go in, but for the fact that you'll enjoy it far more if you're inebriated or stoned or terminally sick to death of the crap you've been watching out of Hollywood lately.
What I will tell you is that this could well be the film that finally unites frat boys, geeks, fanboys and yuppies in the world of cinema. There are nods galore to previous horror/slasher epics, as well as copious amounts of nudity and even a fantastic slow-mo ass shot that is so overtly and knowingly gratuitous that it had hoots and hollers coming from the crowd - even the women.
Yes folks, the women in this crowd we're LOVING every second.
Former Boy Meets World TV-kid, Rider Strong, takes center stage in a role that may well set him on the course his acting career obviously deserves. As the middle of the road kid who just wants to get laid, you know when the opening credits end that he'll be the last one standing. You also know that the resident jock, James DeBello, is so stupid, so loud, so over the top that he'll just HAVE to be the first one to eat it.
Or will he...?
Cabin Fever takes the standard conventions of slasher flicks and turns them on their ear, straddling the line between parody and originality and humping it madly. This is not your average walk in the horror park - this is a cinema fan's wet dream. This is an event film without the budget or big name stars. This is a film that, like Dog Soldiers and Ginger Snaps, could well have gone completely missed by the Hollywood establishment if the Toronto Film Festival hadn't stepped up to the plate and shown it to a sell-out crowd.
Actresses Jordan Ladd and Cerina Vincent make grade A appearances, supplying the requisite T&A (especially Vincent, who is naked more than she's clad), but they're not pretty faces simply brought in as stroke material - the acting ability and humor that these two bring to the party could well be responsible for giving this fick the legitimacy that takes it from fun to brilliant.
Lions Gate will treat this film right - they know what they're sitting on here. Cabin Fever will make a boatload of bucks and win an army of fans for writer/director Eli Roth, who is already talking with Donnie Darko writer/director Richard Kelly about collaborating on their next film.You'll read plenty of reviews about this film in the months ahead, but you might want to avoid them - they'll give away highlights that you should be discovering by yourself, and when it comes down to it, they'll all end the same way: a big fat FIVE STARS.
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originally posted: 03/11/03 05:05:33
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