Cabin Fever (2002)

logoDirector: Eli Roth

Writer: Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein (Screenplay) Eli Roth (Story)

Starring: Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent, Joey Kern, Arie Verveen, Robert Harris


Plot: A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.


Verdict: Blood Fever


Story: Starting with horrific discovery by a hermit we jump straight to our five college friends as they head off for a celebration in a cabin in the woods. We follow how the group do their things and enjoy their week away as we get a few surprises from the now sick hermit. After the hermit returns with the infection growing the group of friends become trapped and as the holiday continues they start to notice changes. As the basic cabin fever starts to take over the friendships are tested as the infection starts to take over the friends don’t have much time left.

What we have here is what could happen if there was a virus outbreak and how it could be spread so very easily. It is also very good to see how it only follows the first few days of the outbreak showing the true horror of not knowing what is happening. Sure the characters all show very different reactions and all end up going through quite horrific experiences. This really was a shock horror for its time of release and showed that with a small budget you could create a very scary situation that could also become a very real event. (8/10)


Actor Review


Rider Strong: Paul the good guy who just wants to weekend away to confess his love for Karen, he plays the voice of reason between the friends as the arguments start to take over. Rider does a good job in a performance that was trying to redefine his career. (7/10)


Jordan Ladd: Karen the girl in question that Paul wants to confess his love to an old friend but when she gets the infection first she is the first to be isolated. Jordan gives a solid performance as she has to go through the most. (7/10)


James DeBello: Bert solo guy of the group who just likes to party more than the rest, he occupies himself but in the end bring the infection to the group after clashing with the hermit. James gives a solid performance and plays his role to the standard required. (6/10)


Cerina Vincent: Marcy part of the only couple on the trip who enjoys to party, but when her boyfriend Jeff leaves the friends over fear of the infection she acts like there is no chance of survival. Cerina gives a solid performance which includes a chilling shaving scene. (7/10)


Joey Kern: Jeff boyfriend of Marcy who goes off alone because he fears for his own safety showing very little loyalty to his friends. Joey gives a solid performance but isn’t really involved in much of the actual terror side of the story. (5/10)


Support Cast: Comprising of the locals trying to keep themselves safe the supporting cast does what it needs to, to keep the story rolling.


Director Review: Eli Roth – Great direction from Eli showing that he was going to go onto bigger and better things with his unique take on horror. (8/10)


Horror: Once the infection starts to hit our heroes it because a very real horror. (8/10)

Settings: Even though the cabin is along the lines of isolation, the film creates more isolation from the locals not helping the five friends. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Great Practical effects used throughout to create the effects of the virus. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all the horror fans to watch, it has plenty of blood and gore. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: The Special Effects.

Worst Part: Unsporting Locals.

Believability: Even though it seems very much over the top the idea of a virus spreading the way it does could very much be a reality. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two sequels and has talks for another one.

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $30 Million

Budget: $1.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: Terror… In the flesh.

Trivia: While filming a particularly bloody scene, Rider Strong decided to go for a walk in the woods between setups. Covered head to toe in blood, he happened upon a group of 35 schoolgirls, who were on a field trip. The girls screamed at the sight of this blood-drenched hiker, and then screamed even louder when they realized the hiker was the star of Boy Meets World (1993). The girls chased Rider through the woods. Strong eventually made it back to the film crew, and vowed never to wander off between scenes again.


Overall: Let The Blood Flow As The Infection Spreads

Rating 80

Halloween II (1981)

logoDirector: Rick Rosenthal

Writer: John Carpenter, Debra Hill (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer, Lance Guest, Pamela Susan Shoop, Hunter von Leer, Dick Warlock


Plot: It’s the same night as the original Halloween. Michael Myers is around the neighbourhood, after being gunned by Dr.Loomis six times. Now, he’s in a hospital where the girl Laurie Strode was taken. And there’s a reason why Michael is after her…


Verdict: It Wasn’t Over


Story: It was hard to pick how to rate this because I thought the story was rather boring behind the stalking as the suspense seems to have been lost. I did like the revelation that Laurie is Michael younger sister and that Loomis didn’t know this. It comes a bit late into the story because you have met another series of unlikeable characters to be picked off by Michael while he hunts down Laurie. In the end it loses what was created in the first film which is rather disappointing but it would be hard to follow up what the first one had. (5/10)


Actor Review


Jamie Lee Curtis: Laurie who is taken to hospital after her ordeal with Michael, but while she rests Michael is searching for her and she tries to escape before it is too late. Most of this film she is either led down or hobbling away from Michael, she doesn’t give a performance that will really be remembered. (5/10)


Donald Pleasence: Dr Loomis still trying to figure out where Michael is going as well as talking the Police that he is still at large, he defies orders to final put a stop to Michael rampage. Good performance but why won’t anyone listen to him? (7/10)


Director Review: Rick Rosenthal – Loses a lot of the suspense built up in the first film, doesn’t create any characters who will stick with you either. (4/10)


Horror: Not to the level you would expect. (4/10)

Thriller: Lacks suspense which you would expect from the original Halloween saga. (3/10)

Settings: Good settings used with most being in the hospital with the trimmed number of staff. (7/10)

Suggestion: If you see it on late one night you could give it a go but don’t think it will anywhere near the level of the first one. (Late Night TV Try)


Best Part: Building the family connection.

Worst Part: The rest

Kill Of The Film: A nurse gets an interesting kill with good effects used.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: They did make more

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $25.5 Million

Budget: $2.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: He came back to finish what they’ll never forget.


Overall: Disappoint Sequel

Rating 50

Trailer Alert – Murder of a Cat

Plot – A man investigates the murder of his cat.

Release Date: Non set in the UK


It sounds like it will be a very funny film, what do you think?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 80%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No