CABIN FEVER is an American horror movie that was the directing debut of esteemed filmmaker, Eli Roth, who also co-wrote the film with Randy Pearlstein. The franchise went on to make $30,553,394 worldwide. The inspiration for the film’s story came from Roth’s real life experience during a trip to Iceland when he developed a skin infection. The film’s title is a double entendre, referring both to the phenomenon, which is seen in the decline of the character’s friendships, and also to the illness spreading through the cabin. Roth wanted the style of his film to make a departure from many modern horror films that had been released. Inspired by “The Blair Witch Project”, Roth used the internet to help promote the film during its production and gain interest towards distribution. Roth was tired of what he called the “watered down PG-13” horror films of the studios, and refused to compromise on the violence or nudity, saying they were essential ingredients to an ’80-s style horror film.
The third installment in the film franchise, CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO, written by Jake Wade Wall (“The Hitcher”, “When Strangers Call”) tells the story of partyers on a Caribbean yacht who run ashore and discover an abandoned research facility. When a deadly virus is unleashed the passengers must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.
The fourth installment, CABIN FEVER: OUTBREAK is being written by Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan (“Leatherface 3D”). In this film a doctor and his family travel to a remote Caribbean island to investigate a minor flu outbreak, only to discover a vicious flesh-eating virus that threatens everyone on the island. The family is faced with the responsibility of preventing a worldwide epidemic.