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--> ''Pancakes!''
--> -- Dennis the Pancakes Kid

'''''Cabin Fever''' (2002)'' is an American {{horror}} film directed by Creator/EliRoth about a group of college students who stay in a secluded cabin on a camping trip and subsequently find themselves falling victim to a flesh-eating virus [[DontExplainTheJoke (''Fever'', geddit?)]]. Roth's directorial debut, the story was inspired by a trip to Iceland, during the course of which Roth developed a skin infection.

Inspired by many of his favorite horror films, such as ''Franchise/EvilDead'', ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'', and ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'', Roth wanted to step away from what he saw as the "[[{{Irony}} watered down]]" studio horror films. Rather, he saw the violence and nudity as essential ingredients of what he saw as a throwback to 80's horror. Roth would later continue down this path with the ''{{Hostel}}'' series.

''Cabin Fever'' was followed by a [[InNameOnly sequel]], ''Cabin Fever: Spring Fever'', in 2009, and a prequel, ''Cabin Fever: Patient Zero'' in 2014. A fourth film, ''Outbreak'', was also tentatively planned but was jettisoned in favor of a Main/RecycledScript remake.
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!! Both movies contain examples of:

* ApocalypseHow
* BodyHorror: It's a horrifying flesh-eating virus. What do you expect to happen? [[spoiler:(And in the second movie, this is turned up to 11.)]]
* CoolClearWater: [[HaHaHaNo HAHAHA no]]. The virus is ''waterborne;'' it thrives in the nearby river.
* {{Gorn}}: Again, horrifying ''flesh-eating'' virus.
* InescapableHorror: Getting more so by the end of each movie...
* KarmaHoudini: Winston the Party Cop. He [[IdiotHero repeatedly survives]] encounters with numerous infected people in both movies, most of the time not even being aware of the true danger of the virus or even caring, as he's preoccupied with ''partying''. At the end of both movies, he unknowingly ruins any hope of containment by accidentally spreading the virus ''even further''. He's avoided getting infected so many times that it's quite likely he must have some sort of natural immunity to it.
* MadeOfPlasticine: It's a flesh-eating virus and it rots your flesh. This is what happens to your body as a direct result. Inevitably that would make the virus even more dangerous - it's tough to take samples to create a cure because it deterioates so quickly.
* ThePlague: It is hinted that the disease will reach pandemic levels, insofar as the hint practically parades in front of the audience in stiletto heels and fishnet stockings singing "[[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Sweet Transvestite]]" and twirling flaming batons.

!! ''Cabin Fever'' contains examples of:
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: All most people know about the movie is that it involves a virus, and that there are no pancakes in it.
** The latter being a myth - Look what the notorious bunny rabbit has in his hands.
* AnatomicallyImpossibleSex: Watch Paul's arm when he embraces Marcy at the end of their sex scene. It's level with the top of her hip. So her crotch must've been pumping Paul's belly or chest, not his penis.
** Even more apparrent in the fullscreen cut, [[PanAndScan where you can see]] how impractically wide Marcy is straddling Paul and how high her thrusts go.
** Just the opposite for the other sex scene, as it's the '''widescreen''' cut [[PanAndScan that spoils the illusion]] - you can see that ''"naked"'' Marcy is wearing underpants.
* AsYouKnow: "You don't use condoms?" - A pretty obvious question when you are literally in the middle of a sexual romp and your partner hadn't made you put on a raincoat before she climbed aboard. But of course, without a mid-coital dialogue about it, how would the audience know that there are virus cells swimming through those mixing bodily fluids?
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Bert & Jeff.]]
* BrickJoke: "That's fer niggers."
* ButWeUsedACondom: Inverted. Paul and Marcy make a point of telling the audience they are doing the deed without a raincoat. Of course, [[TemptingFate riding bareback with a deadly disease spreading through the cabin is just asking for trouble.]] Naturally, one of them([[spoiler:Marcy]]), is already infected and is leaving [[spoiler:Paul]] with a bad case of Cabin Fever.
* CoitusEnsues: [[TheConfidant A sensitive new age guy]] goes in to comfort a friend who is frightened by all the illness around them, and winds up getting wildly laid by a babe who was almost certainly the prom queen.
* CoolOldGuy: Old Man Cadwell who seems racist [[spoiler: but is actually PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy.]]
* ComingAndGoing:
** Marcy and Paul's [[CoitusEnsues impulsive romp in the sack]] is framed around a shot of motionless Karen dying alone in the tool shed. Marcy's aroused breathing has even been inserted into the Karen shot. This was done to illustrate the moral decay that had developed within the cabin (with 2 teens selfishly enjoying a good screw while their friend croaks.)
*** Afterwards, it happens quite litterally as [[NotStayingForBreakfast Paul goes shortly after he... Ahem.]]
** Undertones of sex are subtley present across the entire spread of the disease throughout the main characters:
*** Karen is discovered to have the deadly illness when Paul is feeling her up - it's implied that her first wound was near her vagina, because that's the area Paul was touching her when he found the blood.
*** Burt's first disease wounds are discovered just above his crotch.
*** Marcy's first disease wounds are the rashes on her back that appear during her passionate sexual encounter with Paul.
*** Paul actually contracts the disease from his [[TooDumbToLive unprotected]] [[DeathBySex sexual encounter with infected Marcy.]] (See DeathBySex below.) In addition, his first definite sign of being sick are small wounds he finds down near his crotch. Of course, this doesn't mean it's an STD going around, but Getting On Down with somebody who's dying from a waterborne infection is not really the best idea...
* CreatorCameo: [[Creator/EliRoth Roth]] plays the memorable character Justin.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL-IaFKsIw4 Ooh, faced!]]"
* DeadlyBath: The actual bathing is not shown, but Marcy tells the group she's going to take a bath after an argument earlier in the movie. Possibly how she initially became infected ([[spoiler:the virus is waterborne)]]).
* DeathBySex: Marcy has sex with Paul because she's upset that Jeff bailed on all of them. Paul is concerned that they aren't using a condom, but Marcy claims that she hasn't caught the virus yet. Afterward, Paul douses his genitals with Listerine to be sure - too late! Turns out she was wrong, as [[FridgeHorror we see her with handprint rashes on her back where he touched her immediately after they finish.]]
** Another example happens earlier on where Paul is fondling Karen. He soon finds out that her legs are bleeding and infected, and he was actually touching one of the sores.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Though not as bad as many horror examples..
* DespairSpeech: Marcy's ''"We're all gonna die... It's like being on a crashing plane..."'' speech certainly qualifies.
* DontGoInTheWoods: You just never should in general. Everything will want to eat you, including the bacteria.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The kids buying and selling lemonade made with contaminated water are infected with the virus and will most likely infect the rest of the townspeople, and the water is bottled and shipped to another part of the country.]]
* DroneOfDread: A sickly whine is used frequently. Mostly to overlay shots of the infected water, or to indicate the moment a character becomes infected, or realizes they are infected (or both, in one case).
* EarAche: Fenster, one of the hillbillies, dies when a screwdriver is jammed into his ear.
* EatenAlive: Marcy is chased and eaten by a rabid dog.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: "...Goodnight, fucker..."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Paul advises Jeff and Marcy to have ''"safe sex"'' when he accidentally walks in on them about to do the horizontal hula at the start of the movie. Though it's not clear one way or the other if they actually take his advice, it would later turn out to be extremely important advice [[{{Hypocrite}} that Paul, himself, fails to follow]] when '''he''' has sex with Marcy later on.
** Marcy's quote: "...All you want to do is grab the person next to you and fuck the shit out of them because you know your going to be dead soon anyway." This turns out to be an eerily accurate description of her remaining lifespan. Pretty much all she does after that speech is grab the guy sitting next to her, sleep with him and then die shortly afterwards.
* GreatWayToGo: When her friends start succumbing to the disease, Marcy decides that what little time she has left would best be spent doing the horizontal mambo.
-->'''Marcy: '''It's like being on a plane when you know it's going to crash. Everybody is screaming "We're going down! We're going down!" And all you want to do is grab the person next to you and fu*k the sh*t out of them, because you know you just gonna die soon, anyway.
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Marcy leaves her breasts hanging free and visible when we first see her washing up after her intense sex scene. But she soon covers them with her arms, while holding a small towel up to her face and keeps them covered for the duration of the scene.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Marcy virtually shuts down completely after Jeff abandons her. Before she is assertive, selfless and driven. But afterwards all she does is have one last screw, resign herself to death and have a bath.
** Paul grows increasingly out of control after seeing [[spoiler:Marcy's mangled remains]]. Supposedly the hero of the film, he ends up [[spoiler: going on a killing spree, killing several people including his own love interest.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: After spending most of the movie being an incorrigible prick, [[spoiler: Bert sacrifices himself allowing Paul to kill the evil townsfolk.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
--> '''''Paul when he sees Marcy about to have sex with Jeff'''''
---> '''Paul:''' Yeeeeah... Safe sex!
--> '''''Paul while Marcy is having sex with him'''''
---> '''Paul:''' You don't use condoms?
---> '''Marcy:''' Don't worry, I'm healthy.
---> '''Paul:''''' (Implied by silence)'' Oh, alright then.
* AHouseDivided: None of the characters actually die from the virus.
* {{Irony}}: The brand of beer shown in the scene where Jeff takes all the beer and bails on his friends is the very real "Arrogant Bastard Ale".
* InstantSeduction: Marcy somehow manages to turn a maudlin speech about how hopeless their situation is, and a pensive gaze into [[CoitusEnsues High Octane Nookie Fuel]]. No sooner has she finished telling Paul how doomed they both are, then the film cuts to a shot of them both naked, with Marcy throwing incredulous Paul down on the bed.
* InternalReveal: Just after Marcy [[BlatantLies assures her reluctanct sex partner that she's healthy,]] we're shown that his hands are leaving unusually nasty rashes as they squeeze her back - cluing us in, [[MusicalSpoiler as if we didn't already suspect,]] that Marcy was already riddled with the disease.
* ImmodestOrgasm: Jeff at the beginning makes a lot of noise.
* IronicEcho:
** The second sex scene is an ironic echo of the first one:
*** The first begins with Marcy giving a speech about how great the coming week's going to be, the second begins with her giving a speech about how all they've got in their future is sickness and death.
*** Paul advises Marcy and Jeff to use a condom at the beginning of the first sex scene, at the beginning of the second he tells Marcy he's concerned that they aren't using a condom.
*** Both scenes are cut in to two sections, framed by a still shot of what one of their friends is doing at the same time.
*** Both have soundtracks, the first is upbeat and carefree, the second is [[MusicalSpoiler dark and ominous]].
*** The first scene is [[CallingYOurOrgasms quite vocal]], the second one is mostly silent - symbolizing the breakdown of communication/relationships among the group.
** Dennis randomly shouting "Pancakes!" when he bites Bert's hand and gets infected. Later, when he's being treated in hospital, the mascot bunny is actually feeding him pancakes.
* {{iSophagus}}: At a party, a guy playing a harmonica gets it shoved down his throat after getting smashed in the face with a guitar. Cue him falling to the ground gasping for air complete with harmonica sounds.
* JerkAss: Jeff, who runs off and abandons his girlfriend after two of their friends have caught the virus.
* KarmaHoudini: Jeff, the jerkiest of jerk-faces in the entire movie, quickly abandons everyone and only looks out for himself, even in a rare moment that he actually COULD make a difference. He's the only one that survives. [[spoiler:Well, until the mob clearing out the infected gun him down when they don't realize he's clean.]]
* KarmicTwistEnding: "I MADE IT! I FUCKING MADE IT!" *gunshot*
* MercyKill: Paul kills Karen with a shovel to put her out of her misery.
* MistakenForRacist: [[spoiler: The shotgun that's "for niggers" isn't to shoot them. Rather, the store owner has some black friends from out of town and the gun is theirs.]]
* ModestOrgasm: Despite the pulse-racing tempo of her [[GreatWayToGo doomsday fling]], Marcy reaches the grand finale with just a quiet gasp and a toss of her hair. Paul's reaction is even less noticeable (Though he's shot only from the back, so it's not like we're in a position to see him).
* MusicalSpoiler: The sinister background music over [[spoiler:Marcy and Paul]]'s sex scene make it pretty clear that something dark is happening here ([[spoiler:namely, Paul catching the disease from Marcy]]), as if the [[AsYouKnow expository statement about their lack of condoms]] wasn't clear enough.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Marcy's sarcastic remark to the men, the morning after they accidentally killed the sick hobo to stop him stealing their car.
--> '''Marcy '''You boys gonna kill ''each other'', now?
** Also when she criticizes Paul for being a little too excitable when they slept together.
--> '''Marcy '''Jesus, Paul, you really did a number on my back!
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Marcy almost completely disappears after meeting her gruesome end. There a bits and pieces of her scattered around the surrounding forrest, but her corpse is nowhere to be found. That dog must've been '''really''' hungry!
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Despite Marcy's pleas for him to stay in the cabin, Paul is determined to wander off after their sexual ride, on a seemingly pointless mission. Of course, seeing as he suspected her of [[DeathBySex giving him the deadly disease]], you can understand why he was so eager to get away from her. Also see SexChangesEverything.
** If there is any doubt about his true motive for leaving being the post-coital awkwardness (as opposed to a genuine attempt to save his friends), take a look at the direction Jeff ran off in, and then take a look at the direction Paul returns from after he hears [[spoiler:Marcy's death screams]]. He went ''searching'' for Jeff in the completely opposite direction to where he last saw Jeff running!
* OutWithABang: Marcy justifies a spontaneous affair with Paul by rationalizing that they will both soon be infected and dead from the disease, so why not? By doing it, she actually infects (presumably) healthy Paul with the illness she was carrying.
* PsychoStrings: A double beat string motif is used during the scene where Marcy infects Paul by having sex with him.
* RevealShot: When a tense discussion breaks up, the camera pans on to the table to reveal a cup of tea where [[spoiler:Marcy]] had been sitting, indicating that she had drunk some of the infected water during the meeting.
* RuleOfSexy: Many reviewers, both pro and amateur, have noted how improbable and [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment out-of-place]] Paul and Marcy's sudden tryst seemed. Likely, it was written in because [[Creator/EliRoth Roth]] wanted his debut to return to the staples of classic horror (one of which being gratuitous nudity).
* ScareChord: After Paul is wheeled into the hospital, he has a dream of him and Karen before everything went down. There's very nice music, the final scene shows the two of them about to kiss...and then it smash cuts to Karen's flesh-rotted face with a JARRING scare chord playing.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The bottled water truck driving off at the end of the movie is shown in the sequel to have delivered its deadly cargo to the population of a high school prom.]]
* SexChangesEveryThing: Subtle hints throughout the film show Marcy's relationship with Jeff decaying while she grows closer to Paul. [[http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=168718 A scene cut from the cinema version even shows them sleeping together (fully clothed)]] on their last night. On their last morning, they do everything together. Then, after Marcy finally has sex with Paul, he can't get away from her fast enough.
* SexForSolace: Debatable. Marcy's sudden urge to screw Paul seems mostly due to Jeff breaking up with and abandoning her.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: See KarmicTwistEnding.
* ShoutOut: The ending [[spoiler:where the only remaining uninfected survivor is shot in the head by the arriving posse]] closely mirrors that of ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead''.
** Speaking of ''[=NotLD=]'', some locals investigate the titular cabin. While piling infected corpses to burn, one comments that they should check the basement for survivors.
** Two characters are listed in the credits as "Shemp" and "Fake Shemp", in an homage to the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films.
** ''Film/TheThing1982'': Karen, like Dr. Blair, is banished to a tool shed by the group.
** The second sex scene is styled in homage to the ''"conception"'' sex scene in ''Film/{{Species}}'': Both awkward guys are astounded by the uber-babe coming on to them, and both ask about wearing a condom while she's straddling them (But end up not wearing one due to their lover's eagerness) The over-the-shoulder filming angle of both scenes are similar and to top it off, both scenes end with a disturbing visual cue that appears (unseen by the man) on the woman's back - letting the audience know it won't end well.
** The scene in the hospital where Paul pulls up his gown and discovers some of the symptomatic scabs of the disease is reminisent of the scene at the start of ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' where Ripley pulls back her own hospital gown to reveal a bulge in her belly where an Alien is about to burst out.
* ShownTheirWork: One of the sound mixers survived an actual bout with flesh-eating bacteria. He maintains that the makeup in the film is 100% accurate.
** Creator/EliRoth himself had flesh-eating bacteria while he was backpacking abroad in Iceland.
* SloMo shot of Marcy's [[FanService pert posterior swaying it's way]] up a grassy hill.
* SurrealHumor: The "pancakes" scene.
* TemptingFate: See KarmicTwistEnding above. Did Jeff not realize what kind of movie he was in??
* ThereWillBeToiletPaper: ...Just not nearly enough of it. Not enough in the ''world''.
* TooDumbToLive:
** How many women, if when they were shaving their legs, and the skin started to come off on the razor with noticeable amounts of blood and scraping noises to Squick pretty much anybody within the county out, would ''continue shaving their legs?''
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Marcy when having sex wth Paul.

!! ''Cabin Fever 2'' contains examples of:
* AlanSmithee: Ti West was so unhappy with the sequel that he asked to have his name removed from the film and replaced with Alan Smithee. Since he was not a member of the DGA his request was denied by the producers and he remains credited as the film's director. West has since disowned the final product claiming that it is more a product of the producers and executives than that of his own.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: John confesses his love to Cassie while he is pissed off and screaming at her about dating a douchebag.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Shows the spread of the virus through the water supply as a visible red taint. A corresponding animated credit sequence occurs at the end, showing the further spread of the virus and that the country is pretty much screwed.
* ArtifactTitle: There's no cabin in ''Cabin Fever 2''. Almost the entire film takes place in a high school.
* BillingDisplacement/[[spoiler:DeadStarWalking: Rider Strong doesn't make it past the opening credits. He's still the top billed.]]
* BlatantLies: The bus driver claims he didn't see Paul, but Paul was standing in broad daylight in the middle of the empty road for a good 15 seconds. In fact the bus had to go over the yellow divider in order to hit him.
* BloodFromTheMouth: A bunch of people at the prom are drinking punch made primarily from waterborne necrotizing fasciitis, so while it's ''implausible'' that they all start projectile vomiting blood at the halfway mark, it's at least ''justified''.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Everyone at the prom after the infected punch kicks in and they start vomiting blood all over each other.
* BloodyHilarious: The guy driving the truck of bottled water into town, who appears to have a stoma, starts choking while eating at a diner. Borderline dramatic. He tears his shirt open to reveal much of his chest and side have been eaten away by the virus. It's horrifying. He continues choking as a waitress attempts to perform an exorcism on him, and suddenly starts spraying the place with blood squirting out of his stoma. Uh...
** The projectile blood vomiting prom scene. At least two of the shots are straight up visual gags.
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: Invoked by the stripper at the end.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The girl who was just crowned prom queen before everything goes to hell throws an unholy tantrum because everyone is too busy vomiting out their liquefied internal organs to pay attention to her big moment.
* DeathBySex: The wisecracking best friend is treated to some oral sex. [[spoiler:The girl who administers it has a cold sore...which turns out to be the beginning stages of the disease. The disease spreads to aforementioned friend in a seriously disturbing way.)]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Only one student survives the sudden quarantine of her high school as the virus continues to spread across the nation with no chance of stopping.]]
* FanDisservice: The stripper at the end. You may never have an erection again.
* {{Fingore}}: The wisecracking best friend sees one of his fingernails coming loose as he is getting ready for prom. He sticks it back in with superglue.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The punch a girl mixes up with the contaminated water looks unusually like blood...and the "contamination" depicted in the animated titles sequence.
* [[IAteWhat I Drank What?]]: Turned up to teabagging levels here. The punch that everyone is drinking at the prom is not only made with the contaminated bottled water, but it was also pissed in by an infected custodian. ([[BlatantLies It's complicated]]).
* JerkAss: Marc, who not only bashes an infected student's head in, but bashes Cassie in the head with a hammer and attempts to kill John.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: After Our Intrepid Protagonist gets some infected blood on his hand, he tries to forestall his own infection by cutting off said hand with a chop saw, with Cassie's help. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When faceless government goons come in and start shooting everyone, you're supposed to cheer for the plucky survivors who escape, right? Except [[spoiler:by surviving and escaping, they've essentially doomed the rest of the world to ThePlague]].
* PromBaby: Happens very gruesomely, wherein a random promgoer has an '''extremely''' messy birth in the school restroom after contracting the virus. There is blood ''everywhere'', including a rather conspicuous trail leading to the trashcan, suggesting a stillbirth. [[TakeOurWordForIt The actual condition of the newborn is left as an exercise for the viewer.]]
* SenselessPhagia: To their credit, the promgoers do remark that the punch tastes like piss...
* ShoutOut:
** {{Carrie}}: Cassie spends the last third in a prom dress splashed liberally with blood.
** ''The Franchise/EvilDead'': The hero cuts off his hand when it gets infected. It didn't involve a chainsaw, though - he used a chop saw in the shop class.
** One of the dance-scenes features the theme from ''Film/PromNight1980''.
* TheStinger: Daryl and Dane (the only two characters who are clearly not infected) are seen watching a movie at home, and one of them says "Prom blows!"
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Played with. Paul is revealed to be still alive (albeit falling apart) at the beginning, only to get splashed across the front of a school bus five minutes in.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: ThePlague is waterborne. {{Squick}} happens.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: Let's just pretend that it's possible for the quirky female love interest to change her mind about going to prom, finding tickets, picking out and ordering a really nice prom dress, and getting her hair styled in time at the last second.
** As Phelous pointed out, it seems pretty weird that Liz would treat Alex with disdain and even mock him for asking her to go to the prom with him...when ten seconds earlier she was quite willing to perform oral sex on him.
--> '''Phelous''': So he got used...''by getting his cock sucked''? Seems a little backwards.
** In this case, it wasn't about performing a sex act on ''him specifically'', it was more about using him as a tool to get back at her asshole of an ex-boyfriend. He didn't matter to her beyond that. Although I'm sure he wasn't excessively concerned...
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