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"From the time we acquired `Cabin Fever' at last year's Toronto Film Festival, we knew we had a big winner," said Lions Gate Films Releasing President Tom Ortenberg. "Eli Roth has achieved a stunning debut performance as a brilliant young filmmaker and, with `Cabin Fever' and `House of 1000 Corpses', Lions Gate has created two potential indie horror franchises in the past six months. The film's performance is a tribute to the coordinated across-the-board effort of our acquisition, marketing and distribution team since day one."
Ortenberg also noted that, with strong word-of-mouth, "Cabin Fever" is well-positioned to become one of Lions Gate's highest-grossing films, along with 2001's Academy Award-winning "Monster's Ball" and 1999's "Dogma."
"Sometimes, the worst thing you can do in this business is to ignore your gut instinct and love of movies and try to fit everything into a fiscally calculated box," added Peter Block, Lions Gate President of Acquisitions, Home Entertainment and New Media. "When you can make a group of cynical, tired acquisitions executives laugh, scream and applaud, you know you've got something special. `Cabin Fever' had that effect on our team and, a year later, audiences are loving it just as much. With its willingness to venture beyond some people's comfort zone, coupled with its clear affection for the genre, `Cabin Fever' mirrors Lions Gate's own personality."
Proud To Put The Gross In Gross
Commenting on the film's powerful debut, producer, director and co-writer Eli Roth said, "I'm proud to put the gross in gross. After eight years of my project being shunned by executives who were afraid to break the mold, Lions Gate had the passion and boldness to recognize the dual impact of horror and humor and to market `Cabin Fever' exactly the way it was intended. The results speak for themselves, and I'm honored to be in the top three at the box office with Robert Rodriguez and Ridley Scott."
"Cabin Fever," starring newcomers Rider Strong, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent and James DeBello, tells the story of five teenagers who rent a cabin deep in the woods for a weeklong party that turns into a nightmare when they are attacked by a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. The film successfully blends the trademarks of classic horror films such as Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead," the topical, contemporary terrors of recent disease epidemics and bioterror threats and the campy horror humor of the "Scream" franchise.
"Cabin Fever" was produced by Roth, Lauren Moews, Sam Froelich and Evan Astrowsky, with Susan Jackson as executive producer and Jeffrey D. Hoffman co-executive producing.
"Fever" Ignites Upcoming Slate
Lions Gate noted that "Cabin Fever" kicks off a string of high-profile releases between now and the end of fiscal 2004. The gritty true crime drama "Wonderland," based on the notorious Laurel Canyon murders and featuring a remarkable ensemble cast that includes Val Kilmer (as porn legend John Holmes), Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Dylan McDermott and Josh Lucas, opens in New York and Los Angeles on October 3 and expands October 17.
"Shattered Glass," the critically-acclaimed and topical story of journalistic fraud and deception starring Hayden Christensen (as the controversial Stephen Glass), Chloe Sevigny, breakthrough talent Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson and Steve Zahn, is slated to open October 31.
"The Cooler," featuring resonant performances by William H. Macy, the magnetic Maria Bello and Alec Baldwin, opens November 19 and expands for award consideration December 19. Scarlett Johansson galvanized this year's Toronto Film Festival with her breakout performance in another major award contender, "Girl with a Pearl Earring," also starring an A-list cast of Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson and opening for award consideration December 12.
The starpower of Lions Gate's slate is underscored by other upcoming releases, including the contemporary cloning thriller "Godsend," starring two-time Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro, Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos; the futuristic "The Final Cut," starring Oscar winner Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel and Mira Sorvino; Lars von Trier's Cannes sensation "Dogville," starring Nicole Kidman; and the urban comedy "The Cookout," produced by and starring Queen Latifah, fresh off the blockbusters "Chicago" and "Bringing Down The House," Danny Glover, Ja Rule and Eve, now shooting in New York.
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