Cabin Fever, Eli Roth’s breakout horror film from 2002, has received a remake, for some reason.
Roth himself is attached as executive producer in this remake, which tells the story of a group of friends who fall prey to a flesh-eating virus during their stay at a remote cabin.
The original film isn’t quite a masterful piece of filmmaking, but it did offer a somewhat fresh approach to the cabin-set horror film. It was seriously nasty, and Roth’s sense of humour brought a twist to an otherwise familiar premise. This remake, on the other hand, looks a little too similar to Roth’s work for its own good. Roth’s original screenplay is the bible for this re-do, and, at least from the trailer, there doesn’t seem to be much on offer to warrant another stab.
Still, you never know, there just might be worthy elements in this Cabin Fever remake that aren’t shown off in the trailer. The film’s synopsis (below) does promise “ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone,” so we could be in for some creative new scenes of gore, if that’s your sort of thing.
By the way, the original film has already had two sequels: Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever and Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.
Cabin Fever, starring Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker, will be getting an On Demand and limited U.S. theatrical release on February 12.
Cabin Fever synopsis:
Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant classic gorefest, which features all new characters and all new kills. This story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying- only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What’s surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone. With Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3).