Some might said that after only 13 years it’s a little too early for a movie remake, but whether you like it or not, the 2002 horror cult movie Cabin Fever is getting an updated version at the hands of Executive Producer Eli Roth, who wrote and directed the original film.
The official synopsis for the film reads:
“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. ”
The remake stars Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Matthew Daddario (brother of Alexandra and star of Delivery Man), Samuel Davis (From Dusk Till Dawn) and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl).
Roth called the remake “a really fun movie” during an interview with IGN last March.
“I saw the cut and thought that what Travis did was so smart – he kept the original script, but he changed the deaths, so all the kills are different. You don’t know how they’re going to come.”
The original Cabin Fever film helped launched the directorial career of Eli Roth, who then went on to make Hostel and Hostel: Part II in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
The stars of the first film included Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong and James DeBello.
Cabin Fever is not for the easily scared by blood, as the extremely terrifying film draws from many of Roth’s favorite horror films, such as The Evil Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and The Last House on the Left.
Both a prequel and a sequel film were made for the original Cabin Fever, but neither of them really landed with audiences, who criticized the very low budget productions.
Overall, for the remake, several of the iconic Cabin Fever scenes are still intact just by watching the first trailer, such as the very disturbing leg-shaving sequence and the presence of the Bunny Man.
In fact, judging by the first trailer the only huge plot aspect in the remake that seems to be different is the focus on the nearby town itself. While the 2002 version certainly had a bit of this, there’s a ton of footage in the trailer that has civilians both good and bad taking part in the chaos that ensues.
Other new aspects, include a deadly rabid dog and the fact that Giuseppe Andrews‘ Deputy Winston has been gender-swapped, with Louise Linton now taking over the role.
Producers on the Cabin Fever remake include Evan Astrowsky, Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros with Cassian Elwes, Jerry Fruchtman, Peter Fruchtman and Ike and Jaclyn Suri executive producing alongside Roth.
Cabin Fever opens in theaters and VOD on February 12, just in time for Valentine’s day, although I would highly recommend a ‘safer’ movie for that date.
You can check out the very bloody and gory trailer below.