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Cabin Fever

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Source: Catholic News Service

Campy gorefest about five oversexed college slackers trapped in a remote woodland cabin who find themselves pitted against each other when some of their number become infected with a virulent flesh-eating virus. Playing on viewers' growing unease over biological pathogens, director Eli Roth raises thought-provoking questions about the way we treat those ostracized by society, but any serious discussion is cut short by the film's formulaic premise and predictable reliance on blood, beer and babes. Excessive gory violence, sexual encounters with nudity, recurring drug abuse, as well as pervasive rough and crude sexual language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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