Compiled by: Jack Foley
l Over 1,500 people annually contract
necrotising fasciiitis, the flesh-eating strep, in the US alone.
In August of 2002, there were three separate cases of fishermen
in Massachusetts, who contracted fotobacterum, a faster and more
deadly form of the flesh-eating virus that lives in the water.
No one knows how the viruses are contracted, and they can eat
through your body in less than a day.
l Cabin Fever was filmed in 24
days, with the crew shooting anywhere from 25-40 setups on any
given day. Most of these shots involved special effects make-up
or blood. Prior to Cabin Fever, the most setups cinematographer,
Scott Kevan, had gotten into a single day was 14.
l The initial idea for Cabin Fever
came while director, Eli Roth, was working on a house farm in
the south of Iceland, when he was 19-years-old. He had been cleaning
out a barn and got a skin infection on his face. He woke up in
the middle of the night, scratching his cheek, thinking he had
a mosquito bite. The next morning, he attempted to shave and,
literally, shaved half his face off.
l "The strangest part was
that not only did it not hurt - it actually satisfied some strange
itch underneath my skin," explains Roth. "I went to
see a dermatologist, who, judging by the horrified and puzzled
look on her face, had never seen anything like it before.
"She gave me some skin products and, luckily, it cleared
up. I am, to this day, obsessed with skin care products as a result
of this incident."
l Cabin Fever was filmed on location
in North Carolina at Camp Raven Knob, a Boy Scout Camp. Shooting
took place in the fall of 2001, and while the camp was not open
as a summer camp.
l During shooting at Camp Raven
Knob, actor, Rider Strong, decided to go for a walk in the woods
during a three-hour break between his scenes. He did not elect
to remove the fake blood covering his entire body, and wondered
upon a school group of 11-year-old girls, who were on a class
retreat for the day.
A few girls screamed in terror at the sight of the blood-soaked
stranger, but then, upon realising this stranger was the star
of ABCs Boy Meets World, screamed even louder and proceeded
to chase him through the woods.
Strong eventually outran the pack of pre-teens and made it back
to the set, safe and sound, but had to hide in his trailer for
the next few hours while the screaming girls ran around the woods
looking for him.
l Actor, Joey Kern, was rushed
to hospital four different times during production for different
eye injuries - all to the same eye.
l The original dog who played Dr
Mambo was so old and tired that the producers had to recast him
after a disastrous day of shooting.
Producer, Lauren Moews, found Rock, a police attack dog that was
so crazy and unpredictable that no actors could appear on camera
with it, lest they lose a finger or two. During the scenes where
Rock had to attack, the entire crew hid behind production trucks,
and cameras were operated via remote control.
Director, Eli Roth, who makes a brief cameo in the film with the
dog, was the only person required to appear on camera holding
Rock. After two hours of petting and feeding Rock to ensure he
wouldnt attack, the dog sexually accosted the director on
camera during the first take.
l Actor, Robert Harris, who plays
Old Man Cadwell, makes his film debut in Cabin Fever at the age
of 72, after many years in the theatre. As a young child, Robert
entertained confederate troops with his singing and dancing at
a retirement home in Georgia. He claims this was the original
In the hospital scene, producer, Sam Froelich, who plays Doctor
2, is seen wearing a coat which reads, Dr P Frink, in homage to
the character, Professor Fink, on The Simpsons. The popular TV
programme is a favourite show of both Froelich and Roth.
l During shooting, several people
in North Carolina contracted the flesh-eating virus, and it wasnt
until this story ran on local news, that the crew members believed
this was a real virus.
l Survivors of the flesh-eating
virus have seen the special effects make-up in the film, and maintain
that its 100% accurate.