Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2002. Tonic Films, Down Home Entertainment, Black Sky Entertainment, Deer Path Films, Cabin Pictures. Story by Eli Roth, Screenplay by Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein. Cinematography by Scott Kevan. Produced by Evan Astrowsky, Sam Froelich, Lauren Moews, Eli Roth. Music by Angelo Badalamenti, Nathan Barr. Production Design by Franco-Giacomo Carbone. Costume Design by Paloma Soledad. Film Editing by Ryan Folsey.
The good old horror-in-the-woods genre is flayed once again in this tired film. A group of college students, perky life-raft-breasted supermodels and fashion-ad pretty boys, celebrate the end of final exams by travelling out to a woodland cottage for a weekend getaway (not that it’s believable that any of them could ever write an exam). Imagine their disappointment when, after enjoying bouncy sex and sharing stupid stories about masturbation with showerheads, their dream becomes a nightmare as a flesh-eating disease is visited upon them one by one. The film boasts terrific production values, including shiny cinematography that is completely unlike the grainy camerawork that one usually gets in this genre, but the characters are flat clichés and the actors give lackluster performances. This sort of material should be treated with a stronger sense of campy fun, but instead there’s just a lot of profanity-laced dialogue that will find its way on to your last nerve. Despite being incredibly gross, it’s never scary, nor does it ever make a single iota of sense.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2002