When a group of friends enjoying a bachelor cruise in the Caribbean stumble upon a research facility on a remote island, a deadly virus is unleashed. The group must find a way to survive before the flesh eating virus consumes them all.
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
Eli Roth co-wrote the film with friend and former NYU roommate Randy Pearlstein in 1995 while Roth was working as a production assistant for Private Parts (1997). He was hired as a nighttime production assistant to Howard Stern, where his job mostly required waking Stern up in the morning. See more »
When Bert is being chased in the woods he puts his blood on a tree as a diversion; however, there is already blood on the tree which is probably from a previous take. See more »
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Lions Gate cut 2 minutes from the film for the US Theatrical Release. However, the uncut version did play at a few festivals before Lions Gate bought it. This version was released in North America on Blu-ray on February 10, 2016. A full list of scenes cut are:
The scene where they are in the shop in the beginning is removed from the "uncut" version and is replaced with an extended scene of them driving the truck through the woods. Then they stop when Burt says he left something back at the store and they have a longer conversation about the map.
The scene of Rider Strong going behind the building to wash his hands after Dennis's bite and he pets the stray dogs is removed from the "uncut" version.
A different angle of Jordan Ladd's character Karen swimming away after the "kiss" scene on the dock with Rider Strong.
When it is discovered that Karen has the disease during an intimate scene, there is an additional scene that follows the "Don't...Leave...Me!" where Burt comes into the room and yells at her about how the truck isn't ready yet, and they have to finish cleaning up the bum's blood.
An extended scene of everyone arguing around the fireplace when Burt makes a joke about his burnt marshmallow.
A scene of Burt sitting outside guarding the shed with his shot gun. This immediately follows when they hear the dog trying to get Karen in the shed and they shoot a bullet and tell Karen that they will stay outside with her to keep the dog away.
The gunshot to Burt's head in the cabin is bloodier. In the "R" rated version it cuts away quick and only shows the aftermath from a difficult-to-see angle.
An additional scene where Rider Strong grabs the long-haired hick after the attack and drags him down to the cellar. He yells at the hick as he throws him down there and says "When they get here, tell them I didn't do it!", then slams the door.
The human-bonfire scene when they say "We got another one in the basement" immediately goes to a shot of the cellar door opening from the inside, then a bunch of shotguns appear and start shooting like crazy. We see blood all over the walls. Then they pour gasoline and one cop lights a match and cellar goes up in flames followed by more shots of blood and guts on the walls, ceiling, and floor.
The end is switched around a little. Instead of just the cops drinking the contaminated lemonade followed by a country song with the townspeople, the whole entire town shows up and has a cup. There is additional dialog among the townspeople, different shots, and it shows the FDA man walking around more testing and the Water supply truck is in view longer.
Enjoyable with reasonable delivery despite the usual teen clichés and an increasingly stupid half hour
Five friends finish their exams at college and decide to relax by taking a break in the woods. They arrive at their rented cabin and begin to party a party that is broken by a sick man who stumbles into their midst. They try to fend him off but accidentally kill him. With their car wrecked and their mobile phones not working, they try to get help but their plans dramatically change when one of their number starts to show signs of having the same flesh eating virus that the stranger appeared to have.
I remembered this film getting reasonable reviews when it came out so I decided to give it a try on DVD to see for myself. The film opens with a group of teenagers going to a cabin where they encounter 'something' and then slowly turn on one another as the tension mounts up. So far, so genre.
However the film does well to overcome the fact that we can't see (or fight) the assailant and still manages to mount up the tension pretty well for the majority of the film. It is in the last 30 minutes where it goes to pot where the film opens up the sheer apocalyptic potential the virus has, it chooses to focus on mad deer crashing through windscreen etc and starts to get quite silly. The lack of emotional involvement between the characters means that it is not quite as gripping as it should be instead they turn on each other really quickly and only once do you feel for them.
The movie borrows heavily from other films (Evil Dead, teen movies, Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead) and in some ways it is not a problem, but in others it is a weakness for example the climax of the action is obvious because it is clear what it is referencing. Roth does OK as director and generally manages to keep the tension up regardless of the slightly daffy script. Like I say he loses it a bit in the final 30 minutes and I have mixed feelings about his final scene. He throws in a quite funny joke about perceptions but also tries to mix it with the horror of an impending outbreak around the US. Generally it isn't that great a film but it is one of the better of the 'teen slasher' genre that I think it more or less fits into.
The teen cast are too basic and they are only average par for the course, if you will. DeBello is OK, Strong is quite enjoyable even if Kern got on my nerves bit. The two female leads are not as well used and a more cynical reviewer may suggest that the film makes lazy use of their naked bodies again another genre cliché. The support cast are pretty country and do what is expected of them none of them really do that well and the blame for that should be shared between the cast and the script, which doesn't give them more than cliché to really work with.
Overall I thought this was an OK film. Compared to the genre it is better than some of the other teen horrors that have been around recently although it isn't really that good. The first hour is pretty solid but the final half hour doesn't quite deliver on the potential that had been suggested up till this point. An enjoyable genre picture nothing more, nothing less.
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