|Date(s):||2002, 2009 (sequel), 2014 (prequel), 2016 (remake)|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||Cabin Fever (2002 film) at Wikipedia|
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Cabin Fever is a horror film franchise, currently with four entries (listed in order of release):
- "Cabin Fever" (the original)
- "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" (sequel to the original)
- "Cabin Fever: Patient Zero" (prequel to the original)
- "Cabin Fever" (remake of the original/reboot of the franchise)
The Cabin Fever franchise follows the spread of an especially gruesome flesh-eating disease through various small communities. Along the way, it destroys the lives of the many victims whom it infects and the people who care about them. The panic and paranoia that results from the various outbreaks ruins many relationships, but the resulting trauma also nurtures some relationships, too.
In broad terms, the franchise is a character study in how groups of people respond to serious crises.
The disease's canon story begins with it breaching quarantine on a medical research lab on a tropical island ("Patient Zero"). Through unknown means, it somehow manages to reach a dog in rural North Carolina, who subsequently infects his transient owner, who subsequently infects a group of vacationing college students whom he asks for medical assistance. Before dying, the last of these students inadvertently contaminates a small stream, which happens to be a water source for a bottled water company ("Cabin Fever"). Customers who drink this bottled water subsequently become infected, with the most notable outbreak occurring at a high school. ("Spring Fever"). At the close of the canon story, it is implied that the disease is soon to be an imminent epidemic across much of North America.
As with many fandoms, the majority of fanworks steer away from the tone and storyline of the source material to allow greater focus on the characters and relationships.
Due to the fact that very, very few characters survive their respective films, most fanfictions are either fix-its or AUs, that either retcon their respective central characters' deaths, or avoid their perilous exposure to the disease altogether.
Fan discussion took place at the now-defunct Cabin Fever website's forums and IMDb's forum.
Links & Resources
- Cabin Fever (2002) at Archive of Our Own
- cabin-fever tag at Tumblr
- Shipper Manifesto: Paul/Marcy (Cabin Fever) by heatandchills (2016)
- Cabin Fever Tha Movie at ProBoards (inactive)
- Paul has a very small cameo in Cabin Fever 2.