Cabin Fever is a 2016 American horror film directed by Travis Z and written by Eli Roth. A remake of Roth’s 2002 film of the same name, the film stars Samuel Davis, Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker, and Dustin Ingram. The film was released on February 12, 2016 by IFC Midnight to universally negative reviews from critics.
A group of college students on a weekend getaway in a remote cabin are exposed to a flesh eating virus, killing them one by one. This version of Cabin fever centers on the group’s isolation without the access to phones, Internet or a clean vehicle, while following the beats of the original film to the point of copying it.
Initially a fourth film, entitled Outbreak, was planned with the story taking place on a cruise ship. The film was supposed to be filmed back-to-back with Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, but these plans eventually fell through. and the idea of a remake was formed.
The film is unique in that it uses the same script as Roth’s original, although director Travis Z trimmed the page count from 134 to only 92. Z also discussed and incorporated aspects that Roth wanted to include in the original but wasn’t able to. One notable change is that Deputy Winston, a male (portrayed by Giuseppe Andrews) in the first and second films, is now played by a female (portrayed by Louise Linton). Z claimed he made this choice because “There was no way for me to emulate Giuseppe’s performance.”