Day 15 of Cabin Fever

Eli Roth has directed four of the movies on my list of travel horror movies: Hostel, Hostel: Part II, Cabin Fever, and The Green Inferno. He’s clearly a fan of the genre, so I’m not terribly surprised that his first feature reminds me of so many of the classics.

I remember really liking Cabin Fever when I first saw it in high school; however, the feeling did not repeat itself with this second watch. Many of Roth’s inspirations come from classic low-budget horror movies like The Evil Dead and The Last House on the Left. But I just can’t bring myself to like this one as much as those classics.

Personally, the biggest difference is that I’ve grown up. The main character is portrayed as sympathetic when he sexually assaults his childhood friend and dooms his friends because he can’t stop himself from peeping on a woman in another cabin. None of this is presented as a personality problem.

Roth truly believed a horror movie needed certain types of characters and devices. I think this lack of questioning the horror genre he clearly loves has ultimately stunted the potential of all three movies I’ve seen so far.

Is Cabin Fever a good comedic horror movie? I found absolutely nothing about this movie funny or humorous. Of course humor is subjective, but I’m willing to objectively say nothing in this movie managed to get as much as a smirk out of me. Especially the ending with the older white man saying “my n***a.” It’s not funny.

Ultimately, it’s a solid horror film that sparked a franchise of its own. The story is interesting and unique, and there is enough here to make the movie worth watching if you want to watch milestones in the genre. If you’re looking for a good movie about kids in the woods or about mysterious illnesses, there are other things to watch.

Cabin Fever did succeed in not encouraging me to rent a cabin. I would absolutely be suspicious of the infrastructure, and I’d rather stay at home during this pandemic. I’ll take my normal cabin fever over whatever I could catch in somebody’s cabin. Let’s hope that feeling continues into tomorrow.

Things I Learned:

  1. You can’t trust bottled water.
  2. You also can’t trust every city’s water filtration system. Did you know Flint, MI still doesn’t have clean water? CNN Timeline If you know a good organization to link to, let me know in the comments.
  3. Sometimes you just have to drink beer to save yourself.
  4. The virus is not the scariest part of having to deal with a highly contagious virus…I think I already knew that one too.

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