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Summer Release Retrospective: ‘Cabin Fever’ Gets The Reboot Treatment, Dies Horrible Death

Summer Release Retrospective: ‘Cabin Fever’ Gets The Reboot Treatment, Dies Horrible Death

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This week, The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles takes a look back at the summer of 2016 and some of it’s notable (and not so notable) Blu-ray releases. To get the ball rolling, he takes a look at the reboot of Eli Roth’s ‘Cabin Fever.’ Here is a quick rundown on the reimagining, recently brought to home video by Shout! Factory:

“Executive producer Eli Roth presents this reboot of his instant-classic gorefest, which features all-new characters and all-new kills. The story is familiar: Fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying – only to become snacks for a gruesome flesh-eating virus. This fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone stars Gage Golightly (Exeter, Teen Wolf), Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl), Samuel Davis (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and Dustan Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3).”

2016's 'Cabin Fever'

2016’s ‘Cabin Fever’

REVIEW: Remakes and reboots have been around for decades. Not a day goes by where I don’t read “Hollywood needs to stop remaking stuff! It ruins the original!” or something to that extent. People seem to forget that if done correctly, remakes can be just as good, if not better than the original. Films like Carpenter’s The Thing or Cronenberg’s The Fly are both considered classics even though they are remakes of earlier films. They took the original concepts and made them shine. Even in recent years we’ve seen remakes that switch up the original films in new and exciting ways. Although people will disagree with me I believe there is a place in the world for remakes like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Platinum Dunes or Rob Zombie’s Halloween. They are new takes on classic concepts. Nothing can harm the originals, as the original movies will always exist. If a remake isn’t your thing, you can always go back and watch the movie you loved. That being said, I cannot find a place in cinema where we need Travis Z’s Cabin Fever remake.

In 2002, we were introduced to “love him or hate him” horror filmmaker Eli Roth through his charming yet horrifying directorial debut, Cabin Fever. Cabin Fever was no holds barred, almost absurdist, horror comedy about a flesh eating virus that is still one of my favorite films to this day. When I found out last year that they were remaking it I was cautiously optimistic. The two sequels were drastic let downs and I was curious as to what a director could do with a clean slate. Well, when using the exact same script as the original, while deleting about 40 pages of said script, you get nothing.

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The 2016 remake of Cabin Fever is almost shot for shot the same movie without any of the charm. All humor that could be deemed “offensive” has been removed and replaced with jokes about Call of Duty and suffering without internet. I should’ve known from the beginning when our main characters had a 10 minute rant about not having internet that this wasn’t the movie for me. I honestly don’t think this is a movie for anybody. The acting is subpar, the jokes fall flat, and the gore holds no candle to the original. I kept asking myself what the point of this was throughout the entire movie. Why remake a movie using the same exact script, beat for beat, whilst removing almost everything that made the original good? People trash the Nightmare on Elm Street remake but give them some credit for at least having a point. The bluray includes a “Making Of” featurette and the theatrical trailer. Even in the making of the actors seem completely uninterested. The director doesn’t seem to understand why they’re remaking it either.

THE VERDICT: I’m a long time defender of remakes. Movies that get remade still exist and aren’t ruined by updates in the property. Your childhood isn’t getting destroyed by these remakes or reboots. However, I know an unneeded turd when I see it … and boy did I see it. If you want to experience the madness yourself then you can, Cabin Fever hit stores on July 5th, 2016.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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Scream Factory To Bring ‘Cabin Fever’ and ‘The Pack’ To Blu-ray On July 5th

Scream Factory To Bring ‘Cabin Fever’ and ‘The Pack’ To Blu-ray On July 5th

cabin-fever-2016On July 5, 2016, Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, present Cabin Fever and The Pack, two suspenseful thrillers making their Blu-ray and DVD debut!

It will make your flesh crawl … Executive Producer Eli Roth presents Cabin Fever, a reboot of his instant classic gorefest. Featuring all-new characters and all-new kills, Cabin Fever also includes the featurette “The Making of Cabin Fever” and theatrical trailer as bonus features.

This story is familiar: Just out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying – only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. This fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone stars Gage Golightly (ExeterTeen Wolf), Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl), Samuel Davis (Machete Kills, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3). Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

the=pack-2016-1In The Pack, man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse. In a remote stretch of the Australian Outback, a sheep rancher (Jack Campbell), his veterinarian wife (Anna Lise Phillips), and their two teenage children live in bucolic isolation — until a horrifying night when a pack of fang-baring, four-legged, rabid beasts besiege their home. With no one around to help them, the family must band together to survive — or else become canine kibble. Generating a steadily mounting sense of dread, The Pack cleverly toys with genre conventions before it goes in for the kill. The Pack also includes the featurette “The Making of The Pack” and theatrical trailer as bonus features.  Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

Cabin Fever Bonus Features

  • “The Making of Cabin Fever” featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

The Pack Bonus Features 

  • “The Making of The Pack” featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2016 with specific release dates, extras and key art.  Meanwhile, fans are encouraged to visit Shout! Factory’s website (www.ShoutFactory.com)  follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (@Scream_Factory) or to view exclusive video content on YouTube(http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home).

 

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