In general, I’m not a fan of remakes, but there are always exceptions to that rule. Sometimes a filmmaker remakes a movie and puts a new spin on it, or is clearly passionate about it, and manages to make the remake stand on its own. Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead, for example, is a damn fine movie and doesn’t step on the toes of the original George Romero masterpiece. But then there are remakes that seem completely pointless, and that’s definitely the case with this upcoming remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 breakout hit Cabin Fever. Just look at this trailer. For starters, it doesn’t look like they’re changing a damn thing, even on a shot-by-shot basis. Secondly, it’s obviously made on the cheap using digital cameras, which can be fine when done right, but this looks cheap. Compare the image quality to the original trailer posted below and you’ll see what I mean. And finally, it doesn’t have anyone of note in it. Sure, the likes of Joey Kern and Jordan Ladd weren’t well known at the time of the original’s release, but at least Rider Strong was known from Boy Meets World, and James DeBello was starting to become a bit of a cult actor at that point. Who are these new people? All of this to say, I have zero interest in watching this movie.
Cabin Fever comes out…again…on February 12, 2016.