The trailer for the remake of Eli Roth’s campy horror classic Cabin Fever is less of a trailer, and more of an existential exercise in futility. To wit: what is the point of remaking a film if you’re just re-using the shooting script from the original? Perhaps Travis Zariwny’s remake isn’t an earnest attempt to re-adapt Roth’s original film, but instead to hold a mirror up to the Hollywood factory-culture of remakes that ultimately feel pointless and achieve far less than their superior predecessors. Or maybe this is just another dumb remake.
Back in 2002, Eli Roth launched himself into the modern horror scene with 'Cabin Fever' and he's been hanging around ever since. His low budget horror-comedy about obnoxious young people going to a remote cabin in the woods and battling a flesh-eating virus paved the way for the 'Hostel' films and then his constant presence as a producer on every other horror movie that heads straight to DVD. And here we are: only 12 years have passed and they're remaking 'Cabin Fever.' And Roth is producing. And they're using the same script as the original.