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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 Dante Walker ... Shemp
Jeff Rendell 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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Taglines:

Terror... In the flesh. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cabana do Medo See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The brand of beer seen on top of the fridge, as Jeff takes all the beer and abandons his friends: Arrogant Bastard Ale. See more »

Goofs

Though the scenery dictates fall, and the characters say that they had just finished finals, they mean that they had just finished their Fall semester finals, not their end of year or spring semester finals. 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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Crazy Credits

Shiloh Strong ... Rider's Brother 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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Shitstorm
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Performed by Your Mom
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I Honestly think the Hype Killed this Film.
18 October 2005 | by sunset-at-nightSee all my reviews

Before Cabin Fever came out.. the word in the horror world was that Cabin Fever is one of the most gruesome, bloodiest, scariest, funniest, craziest horror movie ever. So when it opened in theaters, everyone's expectation was sky high ..even mine. Yes, I was kind of disappointed with Cabin Fever because it was hyped so much. I mean you had Peter Jackson the director of Lord of the Rings saying in the trailer this is one of best horror movie he's ever seen. Now if I did not go in with such huge expectations, I could had enjoyed it for what it was. I really started enjoying Cabin Fever once it started playing on cable. Every time it comes on I watch it and I begin to love this film a lot more.

Cabin Fever is directed by up and comer Eli Roth. He's a guy that loves horror films and mentioned in several articles this movie pay homage to his favorites like Evil Dead.

Cabin Fever is about 5 college kids who had just finish test finals and are enjoying some relaxation and fun in a cabin in the woods but the fun is cut short when they learn a flesh eating bacteria disease is around. The main character Paul is played by Boy Meets World actor Rider Strong. Rider was surprisingly good in this movie and Paul is the character you root for the most to not get the disease.

The movie is funny. The funniest movie ever? Hell no! This movie is scary. The scariest movie ever? Hell no! This movie is bloody. The bloodiest? Hell no! So I'm finally enjoying the movie for what it's worth and it is and has a potential to end up being a horror movie classic. There are tons of films that people hated when it first came out and then come to love it semi years later. Cabin Fever I believe is one of them.


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