The 70's style slaughter continues with the most highly anticipated horror
film of the year (although Texas Chainsaw Massacre is looking more
appealing every day) and it's bloody brilliant!!
Five friends hire a cabin in the woods for a week to celebrate college
graduation, with their hopes, dreams and lives ahead of them you just know
it's going to end badly.
A hermit who has contracted necrotising fasciitis (a rare flesh eating
bug) from a dead dog, gives the kids their first bit of trouble and things
soon spiral out of control from there, as the kids contract the bug and
then have to deal with the understandably frightened locals who see them
as a threat.
This was without a doubt the most enjoyable horror film I have seen in
ages. The cast who are all rising stars, excellently portrayed the group
of friends to the point where we could tell they were having a blast
making it. Their on screen chemistry is not faked. The rest of the cast
too were excellent as assorted loony local folks.
The gore effects were both excellently and expertly handled by the
marvellous KNB FX boys and surprisingly they never shied away, which in
this day and age was rare (Eli Roth is right, this is what the fans want
and need!!). The gore was also backed up by some solid camera work (loved
the red shots) and sound design too.
Director Eli Roth managed to keep the horror and the humour expertly
balanced with many well executed jumpy bits (I jumped twice along with my
friends and the rest of the audience) and I also laughed my ass off at the
locals, and James DeBello's Bert.
The film has tons of references to 'Evil Dead', 'Night of the Living
Dead', 'The Thing', 'The Blair Witch Project' and 'Last House on the Left'
(namely the use of the David Hess soundtrack, which is also covered at the
In all, the only downside is the end. I felt that it would have been
scarier had it ended in the hospital, however, we are then treated to at
least another ten minutes of silly little skits to tie up loose ends, and
whilst they were funny, they ultimately didn't sit well in relation to the
tone of the film. The ending does leave you a little worried, but it
would have had a greater impact had we not been in hysterics at the time.
Cabin Fever is a revelation, a gory, jumpy, funny shocker with it's tongue
planted firmly in it's cheek!! Whilst the rest of the 70's inspired films
have actually been quite scary, Cabin Fever scores points for it's
original angle and it's balls!! Definitely recommended!!