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(2003), R

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
September 12, 2003
4 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), R -- ... cussfest, drinkfest, sexfest and gorefest.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Black Sky Entertainment, Deer Path Films
Distribution (US): Cabin Pictures LLC
Director(s): Eli Roth
Producer(s): Evan Astrowsky, Sam Froelich, Jeffrey D. Hoffman, Susan Jackson, Lauren Moews, Eli Roth
Written by: Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein. Story: Eli Roth
Cinematography/Camera: Scott Kevan
Music: Angelo Badalamenti, Nathan Barr
Film Editing: Ryan Folsey
Casting: Joe Adams, Ayo Davis
Production Design: Franco-Giacomo Carbone
Costume Design: Paloma Candelaria
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

There is so little of anything that can be said of any substance for this film about some college kids spending a few days in a secluded cabin. I will say that it is a teen cussfest, drinkfest, sexfest and gorefest. Well! It's rated R isn't it. I guess that is why there was no one under 10 years old in the audience opening night.

I will relate an observation about the audience, though. During the show, amidst the intercourse with nudity -- twice, the genital fondling [Rev. 22:15], the 134 uses of the most foul of the foul words, the 51 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Prov. 8:13, Eph. 5:4], the 6 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 12 times without it [Deut 5:11] and many other issues of what filmmakers seem to think is normalcy, a discussion concerning a cell phone and how it should be turned off sprouted amongst the giggling gals up front. And the expletives used ... by the 12 to 14 year olds ... girls ... to explain the urgency that the phone should be turned off matched the language in the film, of course. And mom/dad was/were nowhere to be found [Prov. 29:15]. The Spocks and Freuds were right! Movies do not influence our kids. Nossiree! [1 Cor. 15:33] Mustn't stiffle their self expression, y'know lest we scar their self esteem! If you believe that and I were a liar, I would try to sell you the Golden Gate Bridge. Cheap! Fifty bucks! You could get that much for the gold on the gate alone! By the way, according to many web pages, Spock's grandson committed suicide. But then, so did the son of another extemist behavioral psychologist from the other end of the childhood discipline spectrum, John B. Watson. Maybe the "answer" lies not in the Dr. Spocks or the Dr. Watsons, but in "Dr." God? Maybe take a look at what God says about Spare the Rod - Spoil the Child.

A little piece of trivia. For a gorefest movie, Murder/Suicide is the only one of the six investigation area scores that did NOT earn a score of zero. Go figure.

One more thing to give you an idea of the caliber of this film. Three of the characters break into a house trying to get help and one of them swipes a bag of munchies while inside the house. The lead character says "It's not our house!" The guy munching on the stolen goodies says "So?" That one two-letter word is a perfect example of the child/teen attitude in most of modern films: a perfect example of what we are teaching them through entertainment; a perfect example of why teens (teens in particular but not exclusively) so aggressively and viciously defend, to the point of making death threats, their "right" to have such entertainment. In that one two-letter word, such entertainment exudes and feeds the independence and autonomy so craved by youth: the attitude of freedom from accountability, freedom from authority and freedom from consequences; the worldliness without wisdom; the experience without experiential maturity [Prov. 22:15, Matt. 24:12]. God has something to say about such an attitude [Prov. 30:20]. Though the film is not demonstrating sexual immorality at this point, neither is God actually speaking to sexual immorality in Prov. 30:20. He is speaking to the attitude of arrogance and impudence; to "...there is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness... [Prov. 30:12]. "... a generation that are pure in their own eyes ..." is what we are teaching our kids with such entertainment. We reap what we sow.

By the way, the attitude of arrogance and impudence, more so than all the sex, drugs and violence, is the most invasive culprit in modern entertainment (Ref: ATTITUDE: In Perspective.).

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  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs, those [unforgiven] who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Prov. 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child...
  • Matt. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
  • Prov. 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
  • Prov. 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Cabin Fever (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • decaying dog
  • gutted dog
  • shoplifting
  • irresponsibility with a firearm
  • gunfire injury, multiple
  • several abductions much gore, such as a ball-peen hammer to the human head, amputations and blood spewing
  • long assault sequence, baseball bat attack then igniting victim with a flare
  • covering up assault and murder
  • dog eating human remains
  • dog attacks
  • choking death
  • torching victims' bodies

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 134 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 51 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • hate sound music
  • open urination
  • lying, repeatedly
  • "It's not our house." "So?" regarding theft of food

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • inappropriate touch
  • belly skin
  • cohabitation for sex
  • co-stripping
  • making out in bed in underwear only
  • homosexual insult, twice
  • intercourse with nudity, twice
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • open face kissing, repeatedly
  • adults kissing in underwear
  • story of perverted sex with a dog, and enjoying it
  • story of intercourse
  • camera angle and/or pose to force viewer on private parts
  • sex talk, repeatedly, some vulgar
  • additional inappropriate touch, including fondling of genitals, both male and female once with sounds included
  • female nudity, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • smoking dope, repeated images of it
  • drinking while driving

    Offense to God (O)
  • six uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 12 without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder, repeatedly, e.g., by incineration, gunfire, beating

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