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Cabin Fever

Horror . Comedy

A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Actors: Eli Roth , Hal Courtney , Richard Fullerton , Giuseppe Andrews , Arie Verveen , Joey Kern , Cerina Vincent , James DeBello , Jordan Ladd , Rider Strong
Directors: Eli Roth
Country: USA
Release: 2003-09-12
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  • Eric Campos

    Gory, scary, smart and funny, this is definitely one of the best horror films I’ve seen in years.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Completely -- and quite cleverly -- contrived, a cascade of stupid mistakes and miscommunication stirred into a visceral stew of gooey blisters and flaying layers of bloody flesh.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Kevin Carr

    While Cabin Fever takes its horror very seriously, it still shows that it has a sense of humor.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Roth never fully exploits the woods around him, and the homes of the locals are far too middle-class, but because so many clichés are discarded amid the flesh rot, even the patented "Night of the Living Dead" coda feels sharp-edged and genuine.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Sustains such a palpable mood of foreboding until the end.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    It plays on your knowledge of/expectations about generic horror movies and then either delivers the goods from an unexpected angle or pulls the rug out from under you.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    First-time director Eli Roth turns this cheapie into a greatest-hits of horror. It's a blast of good gory fun that just won't quit.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    If this story has a moral -- though unlike many horror films, it doesn't seem to -- it's that humans are likelier to destroy themselves than help each other.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    A ferociously entertaining and mean little horror movie that achieves the kind of outrageous vibe best enjoyed in a crowded, noisy theater.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Roth, who has taken more than a few cues from Raimi, David Lynch (whom Roth worked with), and George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), is working in a horror tradition that goes way back -- and he's working it with nasty glee.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    So this is a first-level, unironic fright film, the sort whose tongue is removed from its cheek, coated in gore, and pointed right at the audience.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Cabin Fever may not be a horror classic, but it's definitely an ideal midnight movie.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    A refreshingly old-fashioned splatter movie.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Ultimately, Cabin Fever isn't going to win any awards for originality - it's too busy twisting the conventions of the genre back in on themselves for that - but it does provide a jarring battery of scares (often depressing ones at that) that make it severed-head-and-shoulders above the spate of recent shockers.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    A disciple of David Lynch's, Roth packs his story with horror, humor, hillbillies and sex. Roth caps his fast-moving story with a joke that's as oddly left-field as it is funny, but truth to tell, it is funny.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Other than a few witty jokes and a game cast, there's nothing particularly special here.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    While many films of this kind are undermined by amateurish performances, the main cast is solid and some of the supporting performances (many from non-professionals) are small gems.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Roth puts a sardonic spin on the puritanism of the 80s slasher.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    A big, dumb, crude, noisy, goose-the-audience bash and proud of it. It's not nearly as unsettling as ''28 Days Later.''

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    As a thriller, Cabin Fever falls short, filled with characters so obnoxiously stupid that just watching their skin slowly melt off doesn't seem like enough punishment.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Maybe Roth was too busy paying tribute to all his childhood influences to take the necessary steps, but even in this uneasy era of SARS and other airborne horrors, his flesh-eating virus movie never convincingly gets under the skin.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Hypochondriacs and germ freaks may dig it.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It's so by-the-numbers and clumsy that it will only appeal to that little sect that's managed to wear out their "Evil Dead," "Friday the 13th," "Halloween" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" DVDs.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Doesn't have the gonzo wit of ''Re-Animator'' or ''Evil Dead 2,'' nor is it flat-out terrifying like ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' or even a zombie-come-lately like this year's ''28 Days Later.''

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The result is something neither scary nor funny.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie adds up to a few good ideas and a lot of bad ones, wandering around in search of an organizing principle.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Uncertain whether to go for straight suspense or gross-out effects, genre in-joking or schlock cinema-of-parodic-excess, Eli Roth's backwoods horror opus Cabin Fever seldom sticks with any one tactic.

    Variety Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Rather than steep his story in dread, ideas or something, anything, fresh and different, first-time director Eli Roth just pours on the blood, along with some recycled surrealism and plenty of giddy movie allusions.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    This movie may appeal to the youthful, midnight-madness crowd, but there isn't enough in it to bestow it with classic B-movie glory.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It's just a loud, derivative grade-Z horror film of no particular distinction.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ellen Fox

    It's just a watery, undeservedly smug update of the low-budget, kids-stranded-in-the-sticks bloodfests of the 1970s and '80s.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
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