Cabin Fever (2002) **
D: Eli Roth
C: Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent, Joey Kern, Arie Verveen, Robert Harris, Giuseppe Andrews, Eli Roth
P: A group of college aged friends staying at a remote cabin are infected by a flesh eating virus.
Cabin Fever is a film of moments. There's some good moments and a lot of not so good moments. The problem is that Cabin Fever only has moments. It doesn't come together to form a cohesive whole. The film simply doesn't gel. It's too all over the place.
Cabin Fever is an indulgent mess of a movie that tries to have it every which way possible mixing elements of retro, slapstick antics, off the wall humor, horror, over the top gore, stylized vignettes and even some social commentary. Cabin Fever switches gears so often, that when the film shifts in tone and in style, the overall effect is jarring, bumpy and uncomfortable. Cabin Fever clearly shows a horror film director with plenty of ideas and passion for the genre, but director Eli Roth has failed to take his ideas and to turn them into one streamlined film. Eli Roth is the type of writer / director that needs to bring a more careful editing eye to his material. [R] 93 mins.