Cabin Fever (2016) (Movie Review)
Directed By: Travis Zariwny
Starring: Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario
Available On VOD
A flesh-eating virus makes a meal of 5 teens on spring break in a remote wood cabin in this update of Eli Roth’s classic gorefest, with all-new characters and all-new kills.
While I wouldn’t call the original Cabin Fever a five-star classic, the movie is a really good movie in my eyes and I really like it a lot. It isn’t even that old, which made me question why they were already remaking it and remaking it with the very same script no less. So, that makes the remake of Cabin Fever an odd one to say the least. I wouldn’t say it is an awful movie, but it is maybe one of the more pointless remakes we’ve ever seen and give or take a few minor changes here and there, you basically have a movie that traces nearly step for step the original. They did manage to take away a bit of the campy nature this time around. Which I think really hurts this one a lot. There is some comedic moments, but everything has a different vibe that isn’t a good different. We get the blood, we get the nudity, but we’re lacking a soul to movie in general, as it does just come across as some young actors repeating what better character actors have done before them. The old man at the store who you think might be a racist is gone, Officer Winston is now a woman, Dennis isn’t doing Kung Fu moves, and the movie seems to try and fail to be more grounded and a bit more brutal in spots. I also think the movie fails a time or two when it tries to get more emotion out of scenes when the character’s action are calling for the opposite.
I don’t think everyone who comes across Cabin Fever will hate it. I think many will be annoyed by the fact it exist in a world where no less than fourteen years a go an original and better version was made. One that still holds up better than this one. The more modern tweaks to this movie does not make it a better movie nor does it add anything of value to the overall fold. I think people who watch it who haven’t seen the original might be the most forgiving and fond of what they find, but I’d rather see the original movie any day of the week than this. I’m really not sure why it was made. Did they hope they could get more of a cash grab out of this than they would have with another sequel? Because I actually liked the last one, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, a whole lot. Was this one of those Hellraiser: Revelations ordeals where a new movie had to be made in order to keep the rights and they just didn’t have time to make a new one from scratch? I guess we’ll never know, but I do know I see nothing new of value in the remake of Cabin Fever. Again, it isn’t an awful movie when you get down to the brass tax, but it is pointless and doesn’t refresh the concept. Even worse, it waters it down a bit too much and the fun is mostly lost.