Back in 2002, a scrappy young director named Eli Roth wrote and directed a movie called Cabin Fever about a flesh-eating virus spreading through a group of young people who had gone to a cabin in the woods to party and have sex. It was made for about $1.5 million and while it only made $30 million at the box office, for a low-budget horror movie it was pretty respectable. Roth went on to make Hostel and several other movies that have made us all very happy that his particular creative vision is turned towards making movies instead of… whatever he might be doing if that avenue were not available to him.
And now, here in 2016, a scrappy young director named Travis Zariwny will be directing a movie called Cabin Fever about a flesh-eating virus spreading through a group of young people who had gone to a cabin in the woods to party and have sex. Eli Roth is producing it. The shooting script is exactly the same as the one for the 2002 film. Here is the trailer:
And here is the trailer for the original film:
So we have essentially the exact same movie made 14 years apart. Could this be a commentary on the cyclical nature of Hollywood? The unending remake cycle? The cynicism of an industry that sees little to no point in making anything but stories we’ve seen before? Perhaps. But mostly it just looks terrible.