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Five college friends head off to the woods for a weekend of drinking, partying, and fooling around, but on their first night, a blood-soaked hermit with a flesh-eating virus gives the kids the bug as paranoia and hostility run rampant. The disease story has been used many times, but the disease itself is new. What's unique is the fact that the sickness itself is a character. The screenwriting is suitable, but isn't the best. It offers moments of weird humor, but the pacing is rather good.
For the most part, the cast is cliché. Rider Strong is the first who is easily distinguishable. He performs fairly well, but could've given a bit more into the character. None of the actors did anything to make their characters more than one dimensional personalities.
Eli Roth does a substantial job bringing his film to life. Not only does he carry out a minor role in the film, but makes the film much more grotesque than it actually is. The way he captures the situations makes it cringe-worthy. He makes something as simple as a woman shaving her legs incredibly repulsive. This film shows the roots of Roth's filmmaking skills and that he honestly can direct a film and do more than "torture-porn".
Roth is a quality director and even makes sex appear foul and horrid. However, with the rest of his films, it's not for everybody. It has moments where it's random and might even come across as pointless to some. Cabin Fever is recommended to those who want a fun time and do not judge solely based on character development.