Cabin Fever was a brutal, entertaining bloodbath that was a great introduction to the disturbed mind of Eli Roth. It's got various elements of comedy mixed in with a truly freaky premise.
The idea of a flesh-eating virus is really disturbing and Roth makes the film very realistic by providing a believable reason for the virus, Granted, we never get to see where the virus came from but I guess that's the way with most viruses anyway.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Cabin Fever. It's not a torture porn, and it will make your skin crawl. It's hard not to get freaked out by the creepy death scenes and the film ends on a very strange note.
Cabin Fever was the for introduction to writer/director Eli Roth for the horror community. Fortunately, it turned out to be quite an impressive, and gory, debut. A simple story, tons of gore, and a sense of fun really help Cabin Fever stand apart from the crowd.
While the characters aren't some of the most memorable, the actors still do a decent job with their characters. It was cool to see Rider Strong, of Boy Meets World fame, play one of the lead characters in this film. Eli Roth also made a very fun cameo as a stoner that runs into the group. As stated above, the film actually has a darkly humorous tone throughout that helps create a sense of fun. A great example is the "pancake kid," something that's so ridiculous it's great.
Cabin Fever was a great debut for Eli Roth that showed he was here to stay. It was a fun horror movie that was not afraid to pull any punches. As a horror fan, I really enjoy this movie.