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To those just starting out on a life of moviegoing, remakes are a way of revisiting a good story from the past but with its setting updated for the modern audience. Yet as time moves on, that same audience soon starts to see remakes of films that came out when they themeselves were already going to the cinema. If the point of remaking a film is to utilise more advanced special effects to improve the quality and bring things to a higher standard, the question is: did improved SFX really help Eli Roth's 2016 film, Cabin Fever?

   Travis Zariwny is the director of this remake and the results are as you would imagine, sickeningly similar. Cabin Fever was Eli Roth's debut feature as a director, and it was so successful that it sparked a pair of sequels, Cabin Fever: Spring Fever (2009) and Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014). The plot tracked some friends who head into a cabin in the woods - because young people in films still haven't learned how not to invite their own clichéd demises - and bad things begin to happen as they are struck down, one-by-one, with some kind of weird, contagious, flesh eating 'fever'.

   The remake was shot from the same script as the original and therefore includes many of the exact same scenes as Roth's version, the most memorable of which being the moment the friends stumble upon an infected man attempting to gain access to their property and accidentally set him on fire in an attempt to keep him away. Also included is the iconic scene  of one of the girls shaving her legs in the bath and rather than remove unsightly hair, she shaves off infected flesh instead!

   Cabin Fever 2016 was planned to have more scenes with the other denizens of the neighbourhood, but the only scene that actually included someone other than the unfortunate group of cabin-dwellers was when two of them go searching for help and find an angry old woman gutting a 'sick hog', who then leads them to the house of the man whom they had previously set on fire. Freaked out by this, they run off back to the 'safety' of the cabin. In a curious departure from the original script, the party-loving male Sheriff is replaced by a blonde bimbo who equally likes to 'party' and sashays in a manner tht makes her the most unlikely law officer that you're ever likely to see outside of a Cabin Fever movie. By changing the sex but none of the personality attributes, the character becomes truly creepy as she flirts with one of the cabin boys before shooting the only survivor dead at the end of the film.

   From the vast amount of things wrong with Cabin Fever (both original and remake), the fact that these friends just stick around in their fever-infected neck of the woods rather than simply attempting to vacate the area as soon as humanly possible is the least worrysome. Why they quarantine an infected girl but ignore a guy who had recently been intimate with her as she discovered her fever is less easy to ignore. But the most ridiculous of them all is that part way through the remake, one of the group gets bored, grabs some beers, and wanders off into the forest for the rest of the movie. He then returns at the end looking grateful to have survived, only to be shot down by the sexy Sheriff. So he just sat in the woods all night, on his own, and the rabid dog didn't get him?

   Apparently, it wasn't enough proof that shot-for-shot remakes don't work after Gus Van Sant's Psycho in 1998, but surely there is now enough evidence to suggest that such reboots are a bad idea if films like Cabin Fever can bring nothing new to the table beyond a bit more high-definition gore? But this is crying at the moon: 2016 is set to be a year of sequels and remakes, with The Conjuring 2, Rings, The Purge 3 and even The Ring vs The Grudge on the way to our screens. Hopefully their makers will have enough sense not to treat them shot-for-shot...

    There's only so much regurgitation any human stomach can cope with.