THE PLOT THUS FAR
As a last hurrah after college, friends Jeff, Karen, Paul, Marcy and Bert embark on a vacation deep into the mountains. With the top down and the music up, they drive to a remote cabin to enjoy their last days of decadence before entering the working world. Then somebody gets sick. Karens skin starts to bubble and burn as something grows inside her, tunneling beneath her flesh. As the others debate about how to save her, they look at one another and realize that any one of them could also have it. What began as a struggle against the disease soon turns into a battle against friends, as the fear of contagion drives them to turn on each other.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The flesh eating virus has always been one of those things that fell under my radar. When I heard that a former Production Assistant had managed to create a film that had Peter Jackson and so many others flipping out, I was a little hestitant. Then, I sat down and watched the flick. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the flick, since so much of it felt like a piecemeal version of better flicks. Let’s start the review.
“Cabin Fever” opens on five friends getting ready for a simple vacation to a tiny little cabin in the backwoods of Red America. Paul (Rider Strong) has the hots for Karen (Jordan Ladd) and desperately wants to know her in an intimate way. Then, there’s Jeff (Joey Kern) and Marcy (Cerina Vincent) who are the super couple. They’re young and pretty, but they’re not the brightest bulbs. Finally, we have Bert (James DeBello) who just wants to drink and screw around.
The Gang arrives in the rural abode where they meet the locals and a freaky little kid who loves his pancakes. The shrug this off and venture off to the cabin, where they’re accosted by a diseased man. They beat him to death because they think that the stranger will kill them. But, this only leads to the kids freaking out over the murder. That’s when Deputy Winslow Olsen (Giuseppe Andrews) shows up to investigate. The Deputy is an idiot and decides to go chase after something more promising.
The kids try to relax, but after Karen drinks the infected water that caused the stranger to go nuts…things go to hell. The last chunk of the film is gore filled build-up to a climax that at best is second-rate Romero. There’s been talk of a Roth free sequel from Lions Gate, but is it really necessary? Sure, the horror franchises of yesteryear and today thrive on sequels. But, there’s a point when you’ve got to say enough is enough.
The Blu-Ray sports the same audio commentary from the Special Edition DVD. There’s also the same Rotten Fruit animated shorts and a look at the making of the film. Throw on some featurettes, a family friendly humor cut and a look at the Pancakes kid to round out the picture. The A/V Quality is amazing with the cleanest 7.1 DTS-HD audio track that LionsGate has ever done. It’s even better than Crank and Gamer. I’d recommend it as a must-buy.
RELEASE DATE: 02/16/2010