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Cabin Fever (2002)

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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Eli Roth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rider Strong ... Paul
Jordan Ladd ... Karen
James DeBello ... Bert
Cerina Vincent ... Marcy
Joey Kern ... Jeff
Arie Verveen ... Henry (The Hermit)
Robert Harris ... Old Man Cadwell
Hal Courtney Hal Courtney ... Tommy
Matthew Helms ... Dennis
Richard Boone Richard Boone ... Fenster
Tim Parati ... Andy
Dalton McGuire Dalton McGuire ... Lemonade Boy
Jana Farmer Jana Farmer ... Lemonade Girl
Dante Walker ... Shemp
Jeff Rendell Jeff Rendell ... Fake Shemp
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Storyline

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 them for help, but they panic and burn the man, who falls into the water reservoir and dies. The whole group, except Karen, makes a pact to drink only beer the rest of 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

According to Rider Strong, on the first day of shooting, the film's independent investors pulled out of the project because of the anthrax scare. (The film began shooting just a month after 9/11.) See more »

Goofs

The sex scene between Marcy and Jeff is divided in to two parts by an intervening shot of Bert peeing in a creek. Before the break, the white pillow is seen beneath Marcy's head. But immediately after the break, despite the fact that Marcy and Jeff have virtually not moved, the pillow can't be seen and is later revealed to have moved all the way down behind Marcy's back. 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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Cora Roth ... Set Mom See more »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

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Wait For The Rain
Written by David Hess
Performed by David Hess
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User Reviews

One of the worst I've ever seen
9 November 2004 | by msquires-1See all my reviews

There is nothing worse than a horror movie that has comedy mixed in with it. This movie started out OK until we came to the karate kid at the store. We got no explanation at all about that. Then we had a stoned out of his mind police officer who looked as fake as the cop in "The Equinox". Why do they always have to humiliate a horror movie with comedy or an actor who LOOKS like he or she is acting. We horror movie buffs be it a good movie or a "B" movie like to become completely engrossed in the film. If the movie shows any kind of comical or out of sink goofy actors it takes away from the believability of the film. After all, most of us realize this stuff could never happen but just for 2 hours on a Friday or Saturday night we TRUE horror movie fans would like to think that maybe it could or really did.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabin Fever See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,400,000, 14 September 2003

Gross USA:

$21,158,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,553,394
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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