I’ve long been fascinated with Cabin Fever ever since seeing a feature about it in Fangoria ahead of its wide release back in 2003. I saw it on opening night and immediately became a huge fan of the movie and of Eli Roth. Little has changed about that in the thirteen years since.
A couple years after the emergence of Roth and the release of Cabin Fever, another fascinating director came out of the shadows with a cool little flick called The Roost. His name was Ti West, and has since become just as big a name in the horror genre as Roth. It was clear from The Roost that West had a similar affection for the genre as Roth demonstrated with Cabin Fever, and I was incredibly excited to learn that he would helm the sequel to Roth’s debut. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, and while West shot the movie, things fell apart in post-production and West eventually tried to distance himself from the film, not being happy with the work others did to finish it up as he was off on other projects. The story is well documented at this point. Here’s a post from a couple years ago discussing it after West opened up about the experience on the Bret Easton Ellis podcast.
I’ve always been intrigued with the story of Cabin Fever 2. While in the end, I think it turned out to be a reasonably entertaining follow-up (certainly when compared to the subsequent films in the franchise), one has to wonder how much better it would have been had it come out the way West intended.
There’s a whole other part to the Cabin Fever 2 mythology, however, and it involves filmmaker/podcaster Adam Green. Green was at one point attached to the project (prior to West’s involvement) as well. He even wrote a script for a sequel to Roth’s movie before having his own fiasco. You can learn more about both his and West’s experiences with the troubled sequel in an old episode of The Movie Crypt in which West and Green discuss it.
So why am I bringing this up now? Because soon, you’ll have a chance to hear a live read-through of Green’s version. As you may or may not have heard, The Movie Crypt is doing a three-day live broadcast this coming weekend to benefit Save a Yorkie Rescue, Inc. On Monday’s episode of the podcast, Green revealed the coming Cabin Fever 2 read, which he says will probably take place “very late” on Friday night.
The whole three-day marathon lasts from Friday night, August 5 at 7pm Pacific through Sunday, August 7 at 7pm Pacific. They’ll also be reading through a new episode of Holliston at some point as well as the original script for The Goonies. Times haven’t been revealed (you’re supposed to just tune in). You’ll be able to find the broadcast at GeekNation.com.