Cabin Fever (2016) *1/2
D: Travis Zariwny
C: Samuel Davis, Dustin Ingram, Gage Golightly, Nadine Crocker, Matthew Daddario, Randy Schulman, Louise Linton, George Griffith, Tim Zajaros
Plot Synopsis: A group of five friends are terrorized at their getaway cabin. A remake of the 2002 film, 'Cabin Fever'.
Review: The original Cabin Fever was produced on a budget of $1.5 million and brought in over $33 million at the box office. At one point, it was the highest grossing film that Lionsgate had distributed.
They attempted to capitalize on that success with a sequel, but filming was cantankerous, resulting in multiple re-shoots & delays. The final product was simply dumped onto the market with a near direct to DVD release and almost no ad support. From there, the series was never able to recover.
Now, in 2016, they're attempting to revive the franchise. Some person probably asked: What's the most sure fire way to guarantee a hit? The answer: How about a remake or reboot of the original? Fans bemoan remakes, yet they turn out to see them anyway. The proof is in the box office receipts. Two prime examples include The Amazing Spider-Man & Carrie (2013).
Getting technical, they're adaptations of printed material, but let's be honest. Both of were made, because the original film was a hit and they wanted another attempt at dipping into the pocketbooks of the movie going public. The idea behind a remake is to expand upon the material or to flesh out a theme. This remake barely makes any such attempt.
They briefly toy with the idea of morality and how people act towards one another, but as soon as these points are brought up, they're just as quickly forgotten. Taking there place is blood, gore, sex, hillbilly humor, anything that they can throw into the mix, that'll provide for a point of interest. One problem, most of these elements are simply recycled from the first film. As a result, they lack the ability to provide for an eye catching moment, because there's no freshness or element of surprise.
A few scenes deviate from the original, but, for the most part, this is a scene for scene redo. It's hard to imagine that in an era where so many people struggle to obtain financing for original ideas, that others get paid for drumming up this kind of material. Too much if you ask me. [R] 99 minutes.
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