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Cabin Fever (2002)

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.

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Jeff Rendell ...
Fake Shemp
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Storyline

The college friends Paul, Karen, Bert, Marcy and Jeff rent an isolated cabin in the woods to spend a week together. When they arrive, a man contaminated with a weird disease asks for help to them, but they get in panic and burn the man, who falls in the water reservoir and dies. The whole group, except Karen, makes a pact of drinking only beer along the week without knowing where the dead body is. When Karen drinks tap water and gets the disease, the group begins their journey to hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Unsichtbar. Lautlos. Tödlich. (Invisible. Silent. Deadly.) (German DVD) See more »

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Rated R for strong violence and gore, sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cabana do Medo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,633,585, 14 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,158,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,553,394
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie had the lowest budget of any Lion's Gate Film released in 2003, ($1.5 million) and was their highest grossing film of 2003 ($22 million box office.) It was also the most profitable horror film released in 2003. Saw (2004), another horror film released by Lionsgate, would beat this film's record the following year in 2004 for highest grossing film over a similar low budget (grossing over $100 million with a budget of $1.2 million). See more »

Goofs

When Marcy starts having sex with Paul, they are on the left side of the bed, near the edge. Then, when the camera angle changes, the couple are in the middle of the bed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Hermit: Hey, boy. Hey, boy. Hey, boy. Unn? C'mon, boy. Hey. Hey. Hey, fella.
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Bad Movie? You're Soaking In It.
16 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Something i've noticed over the past decade or more (and these days most of all)is the horror film maker's attempt to include too many elements of the action and comedy genres in an attempt to appeal to a bigger audience. If I want a comedy, I'll go see a comedy. I don't mind a little comic relief and I love dark humor when it is done in a subtle and meaningful manner. I like a horror film that just beats the living hell outta me. I want to come out of the theater truly shaken and effected. Cabin Fever is played too much for laughs and the jokes just aren't that funny. Just kinda stupid and pointless. I found myself too often annoyed at characters like Party Cop, Grim and The Karate Kid who just had nothing to do with anything. I've not seen as pointless a character as Grim since a real turd of a movie called Scared Stiff. He's there to supply a crazy dog and a dead body to stumble over at the end of the movie. I keep hearing that horror audiences want the humor these days and it is fairly apparent that this is true but if this is what they want, then aren't they missing the point of a horror movie? I dunno. I give this thing good marks for it's excellent and effective gore make-up and the little bit of tension that it did have, but too many things about it made no sense and didn't need to be there. I've never walked out on a movie in my life. No matter how bad it was. But I came damn close with this one. The last 10 or 15 minutes were pretty hard to sit through. Just got more and more ridiculous. I find myself wondering about the rabbit suit guy in the hospital. Was this a clumsy attempt at a metaphor for the guy in the beginning of the movie who was apparently hunting rabbits? Was his dog supposed to have gotten the virus from eating an infected rabbit? Wasn't really made clear, so the rabbit suit guy seemed rather pointless. Just got another "huh?" outta me. Maybe the rabbit escaped from an animal research lab up-river from the cabin, huh? There. I'll just fill in all the holes with my own story. Then maybe this film won't hurt so much. Matter of fact, watching this thing actually gave me a head-ache that lasted 6 hours. Only 2 aleve got rid of this movies residue. So...to sum up...too many stupid jokes. Not scary enough. And just bad film making in general. There. I feel better.

And please, this is not a forum for opinions of opinions. Reviews are nothing but someones opinion. That's from you and me on up to Mr. Ebert. One man's trash is another man's treasure. It's all subjective, guys. No need to take it personally if someone doesn't like the movie you liked. I hated this movie, but why would I sit here and put someone else down for liking it? Let's try to grow up and be nice to fellow humans.


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