Retro Review: Cabin Fever

Do you remember those old “anti-drug” commercials with the frying pan and a raw egg? Well I have to compare the makers of “Cabin Fever” with that egg. Their brains were the raw egg when they first started making “Cabin Fever” but slowly the film cooked their minds. “Cabin Fever” is probably one of the most demented and frustrating films to come out this year.

Five friends have rented a cabin and journeyed into the backwoods for one of those “camping-party-romps”. The cabin is plain and delightful and the friends start to explore more about each other. Things begin to go horribly wrong when beautiful and innocent Karen (Jordan Ladd) is discovered to have a mysterious and deadly virus. The friends slowly see that their survival may depend upon giving up on each other. Survival can be inhumane but their surviving may depend upon even looking past that.

Cabin Fever” definitely had the potential to be a harrowing and great psychological film. All the elements were laid out but instead what occurs is like nothing I have seen on screen before. These guys are probably the stupidest, ruthless and inhumane group of kids ever to grace the silver screen. Their actions and what they do to each other is so over-the-top and awful that it made me laugh. This film is laugh-out-loud bad.

The beautiful Cerina Vincent is ready for action!

There are some solid and perverse laughs encased in this film but for the most part it is just there to gross you out with heavy gore. I have liked some really infamously bad and bizarre gore-fests, like the 1985 classic “Re-Animator”, but this film just doesn’t have the logic or intelligence that it needs. The kids in the “Friday the 13th” films had more sense.

I enjoyed the performances from Rider Strong, Cerina Vincent and Jordan Ladd but Ladd especially. Ladd’s performance was the only one in the film that was believable. When she got the disease we all felt it. These three performances stood out in one of the most awful films of the year. Hope they go on to bigger and better things.

What was the film trying to accomplish with Twin Peaks-styled characters inhabiting the wooded area? Sure they are kooky and sort of funny but they seemed to be way out of context.

Maybe I just didn’t get it. It wouldn’t be the first time.

With a surefire indie hit like “28 Days Later” and a monster-gore-fest film “Jeepers Creepers 2” in theatres now, just skip “Cabin Fever”.

1 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer.

One thought on “Retro Review: Cabin Fever

  1. This one is ranked as one of the better horror comedies. It’s not meant to be taken super seriously but embraced as people overreacting in sometimes bizarre ways. The fact that it got you laughing even though you were going into it as a psychological thriller means it must have done its job.

    I do agree that some of the gore is over the top but it doesn’t take away from the weirdness of the film. Give it another go, I implore you.

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