that Cabin Fever was 2002. It then had two sequels. One good. One bad. Now we come to 2016 where the remake machine has been a'churning and a'burning and Cabin Fever has been remade some 14 years after it's initial incarnation with Eli Roth in the producer's chair instead of directing. After several viewings of the remake, I am just not happy to see this happen at all. For those of you that read here often, I am not a remake hater. All remakes get a chance, and I even enjoy unpopular ones. Were Scream Factory and IFC Midnight's efforts wasted to bring this to Blu-ray?
The modern incarnation of Cabin Fever is nearly identical in story and scope, almost down to the scene as the original. The actors are not nearly as good as the ones from the original movie. They aren't as funny. They aren't as killably good. There are moments of gore that could be on par with the original movie, but mostly, the effects are inferior. It isn't more disgusting than the original picture, and what is Cabin Fever first and foremost? A grossout picture. If your remake isn't going to out gross the original, what was your hook supposed to be? Is the sole point to help find a new audience for gore movies or just attract folks to the original Cabin Fever? Perhaps use the remake a jumping off point for a franchise, the original being too old to actually continue generating sequels given the fourteen year window from original to remake? I guess I just don't understand the Cabin Fever remake. You remake a movie, nearly identically to the original, like say the remake of Psycho, and you better have an artistic reason to do so.
I'm not going to lay into the remake any more. I don't think you need to hear me get pissed off about this one, but I think one thing should be said in its defense. If there is a reason for Cabin Fever to exist, it is to generate interest in the original picture and gore movies in general. Modern audiences need a fresh jumping off point every now and again to access classic Horror. if this remake is it, then it was worth it. I truly hope I never hear some tweeny bopper saying that he loved Cabin Fever from 2016 and that there's not reason to watch the original because they're identical. For as true as that statement appears, it does not pick the better movie.
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From Scream Factory:
IT WILL MAKE YOUR FLESH CRAWL.
Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant-classic gorefest, which features all-new characters and all-new kills. The 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. This fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone stars Gage Golightly (Exeter, Teen Wolf), Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl), Samuel Davis (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3).
The Making Of Cabin Fever Featurette