Five college friends head off to the woods for a weekend of drinking, partying and fooling around. But as they sit at their campfire the first night, a blood-soaked hermit approaches them. He appears to have been infected with a flesh-eating bacterial virus, and as the hapless kids start to catch the bug, paranoia and hostility run rampant.
Ask any horror filmmaker about the influences for their celluloid nightmares and chances are they’ll come back with something about their childhood fears and attempting to realize the things that scare them most. For Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth it has ultimately become a deeply disturbing mixture of the two. Roth’s proliferation in the horror genre coupled with his giddy willingness to play the role of cinema outlaw came at just the time the PG-13 blues were leading many genre aficionados to wonder if there really were anymore filmmakers out there who were still willing to break the rules.
As a young horror fanatic, the future New York Film School graduate obsessed over keeping pace with the career trajectory of Evil Dead director Sam Raimi. With a target of 21 as the age by which he should direct his first feature, the ambitious 20-year-old sat down to write a script based on a series of frightening medical incidents that happened to him in his youth. Paralyzed… read more
Set a movie up in the heart of nature, you're setting up a revelation of essential truths, a return to what's actually THERE. There's a searing jump-scare cut late in this film, when the survivor's dreaming, that speaks to precisely the apocalyptic revelation Eli Roth intends here - a stripping away of disguises, of pretenses. Getting at the reality: at beings of rotting flesh, that will kill each other to deny it.
This doesn't work as a horror movie neither as a parody of the genre because it contradicts its formula. Poor acting and "what the hell" type of reactions and actions. Praise only the scares and gory scenes and some visual sequences. Over all, this movie is a simple a excuse for blood, killing animals, sex and drugs.