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Eli Roth says he was "blown away" by the Cabin Fever reboot

03.12.2015

In 2002, CABIN FEVER was released in theaters and heralded the arrival of Eli Roth. While his films have enjoyed varying levels of success over the years, few can argue with the fun, over the top presence of his feature directorial debut. Now, with a full scene for scene remake of CABIN FEVER completed, Eli Roth has come full circle.

You may be saying to yourself that scene for scene remakes are not typically a good idea, but there is one person who has recently seen the movie that would disagree with you. That person is Roth himself. In an interview about his latest producing effort, CLOWN, Roth was asked about the CABIN FEVER remake and this is what he had to say.

“It’s great. And I’m saying that honestly. I saw it and I was blown away. I couldn’t believe it. Travis Zariwny the director did a fantastic job. They came to me exactly a year ago and said ‘We want to remake Cabin Fever using your original script.’ You’ve got to realise that from an egotistical point-of-view I wrote Cabin Fever when I was 22-years-old. Right out of university. And for six years everyone told me ‘This is an un-makeable piece of shit.’ So the fact that the same script would get made twice and that 20 years later, 20 years after I originally wrote it, it got sent around Hollywood and people were reading the same dialogue. I looked at it as like staging a play – as an experiment I just wanted to see how it would turn out. So I came on as one of the executive producers – I was actually shooting “South of Hell,” the TV show, so I was unable to be there during the shoot. I saw the cut and thought that what Travis did was so smart – he kept the original script, but he changed the deaths, so all the kills are different… You don’t know how they’re going to come. I was watching it, and he didn’t tell me that he did that and I was so happy he did – because nobody wants to see a re-do that’s the same thing that they already know. So he leads you in one direction, with the audience thinking that the know what’s coming, then puts a fantastic spin on it.”

“And it looks awesome – it’s a really fun movie. I’m happily surprised at how it’s turned out.”

The new CABIN FEVER boasts a cast of relative unknowns but follows the exact same plot as the original: a group of college friends take a trip to a cabin where they fall prey to a flesh eating virus. The fact that the kills are different is a nice twist, but is that enough to warrant watching the movie a second time around? And, more importantly, is the pancake scene still intact?

The new CABIN FEVER stars Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker. It currently has no release date, much like Roth's delayed THE GREEN INFERNO, but expect it to hit sometime in 2015.

Source: IGN

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6:20PM on 03/12/2015
No Cabin Fever is not really a cult classic.It has its little reputation and is well known by horror fans and that's all.Then I speak for myself but it's also not a really good movie.It has its moments but most of all it was dumb and constantly hesitating between horror or comedy but never managed to mix both genre in a good way.And yes making a remake of it 10 years after is a joke and even if this new version is good,which I doubt,it's still a stupid joke.I'll happily pass.Can't wait for the
No Cabin Fever is not really a cult classic.It has its little reputation and is well known by horror fans and that's all.Then I speak for myself but it's also not a really good movie.It has its moments but most of all it was dumb and constantly hesitating between horror or comedy but never managed to mix both genre in a good way.And yes making a remake of it 10 years after is a joke and even if this new version is good,which I doubt,it's still a stupid joke.I'll happily pass.Can't wait for the Paranormal activity remake in 2016...
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6:16PM on 03/12/2015
"And for six years everyone told me [Cabin Fever] is an un-makeable piece of shit."

Roth must have been so relieved when people stopped saying that and started saying "This movie you made is a piece of shit" instead.

PANCAKES!
"And for six years everyone told me [Cabin Fever] is an un-makeable piece of shit."

Roth must have been so relieved when people stopped saying that and started saying "This movie you made is a piece of shit" instead.

PANCAKES!
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5:40PM on 03/12/2015

Can anyone enlighten?

This is bizarre for a number of reasons, and I didn't even know this was being made. I know it's cliche to say Hollywood is going crazy with Remakes and all that, but this movie isn't old at all. And maybe Im wrong, but I remember most ppl disliking it besides a few potheads. Is it considered a cult classic? It's still so new, but not memorable at all (beside the fingering scene). Just what a random film to remake in the same country, especially after the Evil Dead remake, and
This is bizarre for a number of reasons, and I didn't even know this was being made. I know it's cliche to say Hollywood is going crazy with Remakes and all that, but this movie isn't old at all. And maybe Im wrong, but I remember most ppl disliking it besides a few potheads. Is it considered a cult classic? It's still so new, but not memorable at all (beside the fingering scene). Just what a random film to remake in the same country, especially after the Evil Dead remake, and ESPECIALLLLLY after Cabin in the Woods. I can at least understand why a lot of movies are remade, why we are about to have 3 SPIDEYS and hulks in a fairly short time, but this? In the same country? AND SCENE FOR SCENE? The only film I can think of that did that was Psycho, and the original is an undeniable classic. And Cabin/Woods really slaughtered this genre. I just can't understand who wanted this to happen and why it did. I know there was at least one DTV sequel. Does this title carry that much name recognition? If anything, I would've at least called it something else - tho the scene for scene will ruin that/create lawsuits. And, if any of his films even deserved a remake, I'd say it's Hostel. Cult classic or not, it was controversial and PPl talked about it (and I liked it). But again, that'd only really make sense if another country was remaking it in their language. Maybe this will be DTV. Of all the crazy Hwood stuff, this has really baffled me.
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