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Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever may be a treat for the Midnight Madness crowd as this horror opus from Eli Roth draws from aspects of the genre in the 70's and early 90's.

A certain amount of shock and feasible humor come from the milieu of five young adults completing finals and looking for some getaway fun in the woods.  Roth's splattering effort recalls some of the work of George Romero and Sam Raimi's cult hit The Evil Dead.  As far as this year's clustered slasher fare it comes closer to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later than the dreadful Wrong Turn.

The primary cast members include romantics played by Rider Strong and Jordon Ladd (Cheryl's daughter) and a frisky couple who seem like high school sweethearts are acted by Joey Kern whose Jeff is a bit obnoxious and Cerina Vincent as Marcy.  James DeBello's hefty Bert is troublesome and one can guess about his fate quickly.

As these friends have rented a cabin for a week, this teen Deliverance quality to infect comes as the booze and pot gets their partying in motion.  Grotesque sights come as a very contagious disease reaches the remote part of the woods resulting in rapid epidermal erosion and heavy blood vomiting.

Cabin Fever has the ability to slantingly recall the effect of the AIDS virus in a somewhat striking psychological manner.  Some of the weird scenes involve a riding cop (Giuseppe Andrews) from Bunyon County and a denizen named Dennis (Matthew Helms) somewhat guarded by hillbillies and one person you wouldn't be advised to sit next to.

Roth doesn't take a wrong turn in shunning the malevolent momentum from films like Freddy Vs. Jason and Jeepers Creepers 2.  The tendency for humor undermines the potential for spookiness, but there's more character exposition than one might expect, especially when it concerns Marcy as Vincent revels in perhaps the crudely wittiest scenes in the cabin.

 
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