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Old 09-12-03, 06:26 PM   #1
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Just saw Cabin Fever

There were some fairly inspired moments, but overall it felt rather disjointed and silly, especially in the last 45 minutes. At a certain point, it was as if they ran out of ideas and just started throwing in random, nonsensical filler material
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the deer through the windshield
. And the characters started doing things that just didn't make sense.
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Why did Rider Strong's character all of a sudden start murdering everyone in sight? And why did those three men go out to kill the kids in the cabin? And what was the deal with the cops?
It just wasn't logical.

I did like its sense of humor. The scenes with the old man in the store were pretty good. And the ending, although entirely pointless, was pretty funny. Also, it had plenty of gore; there were some scenes that were almost hard to watch. Overall I'd say if you are a huge horror fan, go see it. Otherwise, wait for the DVD.

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Old 09-12-03, 08:40 PM   #2
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This movie was wildly uneven, but something tells me that the filmmakers were reveling in that.

The gallows type humor was abundant, perhaps a little too much so. I did crack up pretty loudly quite a few times. Most of the comedies i've seen this year didn't even do that!

It's chock full of references to other great horror films which normally is not a good thing, but this film does pay loving tribute to them.

I had a lot of fun up until the ending, which is almost always a let down in horror films, and this film is no exception.

I believe the ending/coda to be a reference to:

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The ending of george romeros zombie films filled with twisted humor as all the main characters have been killed off and the future of mankind is probable to be heading in that same direction...
Mixed with a deliverance vibe with a not-everything-as-it-appears to be gotcha! joke that was totally ridiculous and almost head scratching.


Which ultimately is the problem of the film. Not satisifed with being one thing. In any case, I liked the entertainment the film provided. Good cheeky fun.

Now hopefully we'll get the real thing one day again like in them 70's...

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Old 09-13-03, 12:38 AM   #3
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I just got back from seeing it, and I thought it was brilliant! Don't expect a horror film that takes itself seriously, those pretty much suck anyway IMO.

Full of references, and fully self aware of how ridiculous horror movie cliches play out. You could tell the filmmakers were having a blast making it, and laughing at all of the set ups and pay offs. I was too.

All I can really say was I was having a lot of fun watching it. Eli Roth took great pains to have all of the set pieces, gore, shocks, plot devices of a 70's/80's horror flick, and then make the film really original in it's humour and goofiness.

The "Pancakes" scene may be my favorite scene in a movie in the last 10 years!!!
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Old 09-13-03, 01:05 AM   #4
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The "Pancakes" scene may be my favorite scene in a movie in the last 10 years!!!
Same here! It was so completely surreal and out of the blue... In almost any other movie, I would've been like, "Uhh, what the hell?" but for whatever reason, it fit so perfectly here. Fantastic.
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Old 09-13-03, 03:18 AM   #5
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What was up with that pancakes kid? I was also wondering why Rider Strong went nuts killing everyone and where the virus originated.
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Old 09-13-03, 11:16 AM   #6
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What was up with that pancakes kid? I was also wondering why Rider Strong went nuts killing everyone and where the virus originated.
I think the kid was more or less an homage to the one in Deliverance, albeit a really bizarre homage.

As for
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the origin of the virus, I don't feel it necessary to have everything explained, but it seemed fairly clear to me that the townspeople had dealt with this kind of problem before. The unexplained contents of the kit made me chuckle, too. Kind of a 'wink, wink, nod' sort of joke along the lines of the briefcase in Pulp Fiction.
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Old 09-13-03, 01:05 PM   #7
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Wow, the only thing original in this movie were the jokes. I 'm not sure if this movie was made as joke or to be taken seriously.i left the theater upset after watching this. The filmaker just did TOO Much "Bitting"aka "homage" The filmaker should just do comedy.
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Old 09-14-03, 01:15 AM   #8
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Old 09-14-03, 03:10 AM   #9
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I think of the film as more of a dark horror comedy in the same vain of Evil Dead II instead of a serious horror film like say Romero's Dead films. I didn't take the film as being "totally" serious, and I had a freakin' blast. One of the most entertaining films of 2003.

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What was up with that pancakes kid? I was also wondering why Rider Strong went nuts killing everyone and where the virus originated.
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When Rider Strong killed the three rednecks, I saw it as self-defense since I'm positive James DeBello told him everything that was going on. Now when he killed people involved with the deputy's drinking party, he killed in self-defense as he knew that if he did nothing, they would've killed him after the sheriff talked to the deputy about the teens killing people/flesh-eating virus.
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Old 09-14-03, 10:54 AM   #10
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I thought it was hilarious, gory and all out entertaining... Sure some of it didn't pay off the way it could have, but overall, I really really liked this flick. The shopkeeper and his family totally rule

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The humour definately was the strong point...I loved the sign at the shop in the end "Do Not Sit Next to Dennis"... and even though the ending was kind of predictable and slightly lame, I'm glad all the kids didn't make it out and find some miracle cure...


Anyhow, I was satisfied...my friend HATED this movie though... go figure.

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Old 09-14-03, 12:33 PM   #11
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Caught it yesterday... I thought it was good. I just hope there's a commentary on the DVD.
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Old 09-14-03, 02:49 PM   #12
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A lot of hype went into this movie, especially from Fangoria. I'm not sure if the hype was justifiable, but the film was really good.

Pros:
-homages that only real horror fans will notice
-gore/cringe-inducing-moments
-acting

Cons:
-overall pacing seemed a bit slow, but nothing that hindred the film
-"pancake" scene; wierd

I enjoyed myself; not a comical as some have said, but I did laugh a lot. This is the type of movie horror fans will like, but non-horor fans won't. Case point: Ebert and Reoper hated this, the DvdTalk review hated this, but Fangoria, Creature-Corner.com, Cinescape.com liked it alot, with general reviews being 3/4 or B.
I sense that in the future, this will be a cult film of somesorts, much like House of 1000 Corpses and Wrong Turn will be. I enjoyed it a lot; must buy dvd.

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Old 09-14-03, 02:54 PM   #13
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This is the type of movie horror fans will like, but non-horor fans won't. Case point: Ebert and Reoper hated this, the DvdTalk review hated this, but Fangoria, Creature-Corner.com, Cinescape.com liked it alot, with general reviews being 3/4 or B.
I sense that in the future, this will be a cult film of somesorts, much like House of 1000 Corpses and Wrong Turn will be. I enjoyed it a lot; must buy dvd.

Grade: B
Caught this last night, your above quote is the most dead on thing said in this thread. God bless this forum, but some of it's movie reviewers are very bias as are Ebert & Reoper & many of the other big reviewers. Just b/c they don't like something, doesn't mean it fails or it's bad. In fact the DVD talk review just made me mad. I wish they would get either an objective reviewer or a fan of the genre to review movies like Cabin Fever. She trashes the movie COMPLETELY missing the goal of a movie like Cabin Fever yet in the same review she praises 28 Days Later which does exactly what she hated Cabin Fever for doing. And 28 Days Later IMO was one of the most unoriginal, over-hyped, crappy horror movies of the past few years.


I didn't love the Cabin Fever, but it's probably the best American horror film of the past 5 + years. But I have to disagree w/ you on Wrong Turn & Corpses being cult hits.

I give the movie a low B- maybe a high C+, but it's an excellent American horror movie & probably the best pure horror film to come out of the states in years.
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Old 09-14-03, 06:38 PM   #14
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Up until the second act, all I could (not) focus on was absolute eye-rolling dialogue and cardboard characters. I had only seen Cabin Fever because Matchstick Men and Mexico were too long of a wait till showtime and I had seen some quote by Peter Jackson praising this film. I don't know what the actual deal is, but I managed to convince myself that this must have been an ultra-independent horror piece by very hard working fresh film school grads rather than a studio picture, which allowed me to give it some major leeway in the script quality-control dept. Thus, I was able to get into it more when I shifted my focus onto the tragic situation that arises when
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the blond gets locked in the shed
rather than the bonehead reactions of our main characters. Oh yes, I certainly cringed bigtime in many of the right moments yet constantly felt cheated by being reminded that there was a scriptwriter I wanted to slap for throwing in cheap gore. I do applaud the unconventional situations and hard choices presented, such as the above spoiler. In the end, this film better have been the opus of two dudes funding a film on their credit cards or I'll be pissed I paid $8.50 to see it.
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Old 09-15-03, 10:11 AM   #15
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...God bless this forum, but some of it's movie reviewers are very bias as are Ebert & Reoper & many of the other big reviewers. Just b/c they don't like something, doesn't mean it fails or it's bad. In fact the DVD talk review just made me mad. I wish they would get either an objective reviewer or a fan of the genre to review movies like Cabin Fever. She trashes the movie COMPLETELY missing the goal of a movie like Cabin Fever yet in the same review she praises 28 Days Later which does exactly what she hated Cabin Fever for doing...

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Old 09-15-03, 12:24 PM   #16
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I'm a horror fan and I was really disappointed with this film. I did like the cinematography and the creepy cabin in the woods atmosphere. The music by Angelo Badalamenti was good but seemed very out of place in this movie.

The characters with the exception of the shy guy who liked Jordan Ladd were unsympathetic and I did not care what happened to them. The comedy fell flat and I absolutely hated the goofy party-obsessed deputy.

The ending was lifted straight out of a classic horror film but did not have the same emotional shock and impact.

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Old 09-17-03, 01:29 AM   #17
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A nice surprise of a film..& shows horror fans today are never satisfied. Though having divided reactions on films is a good thing. It's just strange that everyone hypes up certain films as a 'genre savior' long before release,only to be unhappy when they do see the film & rip it apart(house of 1000 Corpes being another example).


So with that out of the way. I thought the film was really good & way better than the negative reviewers make it seem. It was actually much darker than people hint at(trying to make it seem like an all out frat comedy). Yes it has some quirky charecters with lead to some quirky humor. Yet that never got in the way of the tension mounting hopelessness of the situation

All in all it was a step in the right direction & seems like Horror is coming back to it's roots.

Now maybe if directors would have the guts to end films with an extreme downbeat ending(Corpses succeeded with that),rather than trying to get one last laugh(as in this case). Things will be better off. Yet at least the ending is not happy despite the humor & a nice twist on pulling the rug out from under you.

Also was great to see some Last House on the Left tunes on the big screen. I love that film!
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Old 09-17-03, 03:11 PM   #18
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I must be getting old because I saw this yesterday and have no clue what the "pancake" scene is. Can someone remind me? Thanks
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I must be getting old because I saw this yesterday and have no clue what the "pancake" scene is. Can someone remind me? Thanks
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Dennis, the little weird biting kid, starts saying "pancakes...! PANCAKES!...PANcakes!" more and more feverishly to the infected James DiBello (who's just fixed the truck into drivable shape). Dennis then goes psycho, does some slo-mo kung fu moves and attacks James. Dennis recoils in terror at his bad taste... Redneck Dad then comes out and does the "we got a problem" bit.


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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I rememder now.

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Old 09-17-03, 10:48 PM   #21
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I'm torn on this one. I enjoyed the humor, and I enjoyed the horror, but I didn't like the way they were put together. It's sort of like how I like chocolate syrup, and I like pizza, but I wouldn't like pizza covered in choclate syrup.

My big problem with the movie is that it just shifted gears randomly. The tone would change abruptly from scene to scene. They'd throw some over-the-top comedy in, then get ultra-serious the next minute, only to throw in some wacked out WTF scene. It's a shame, because this could've been a great horror comedy, or a genuinely creepy straight-up horror film, but it by trying to do too much it just ended up being okay.
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Old 09-17-03, 10:58 PM   #22
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Went to see this today, and it was the first time I saw a movie in an entirely empty theater. It was just me, on a Wednesday afternoon in an AMC theater in San Francisco. I couldn't believe that noone else wanted to see it at that time too.

Anyway, I liked it and thought it was well worth a matinee price. It was a bit creepy though to watch this in a big theater all by myself. Halfway through the movie, some guy entered the theater and sat down a row or so behind me, and I could hear his heavy breathing. That freaked me out a little. What if some psycho was going to kill me in an empty theater showing a horror movie? Fortunately, he got up and left after another 10 minutes.
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It was a bit creepy though to watch this in a big theater all by myself. Halfway through the movie, some guy entered the theater and sat down a row or so behind me, and I could hear his heavy breathing. That freaked me out a little. What if some psycho was going to kill me in an empty theater showing a horror movie? Fortunately, he got up and left after another 10 minutes.
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I am not sure how anyone truly believes this was a horror... I enjoyed the movie because it was so off pace. Whatever I was conditioned to after 20+ years of horror movies was twisted in a fun way. I have not had this much fun in a theatre for years.
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