Cabin Fever films to break your Cabin Fever

George Bell recommends some of his favourite movies about isolation and confinement.

George Bell
4th April 2020
10 Cloverfield Lane IMDB
Staying home day after day, following the same monotonous routine sucks and for many, cabin fever will set in. But thankfully we have movies to help break apart that monotonous routine and pass the time just that little bit faster. So rather than suffering through a cabin fever of your own, why not watch these movies where the characters are the ones dealing with it instead?

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

While not limited to a certain area for the entire movie, I thought it best to mention Ant-Man and the Wasp for the opening alone. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) Scott Lang, played brilliantly by Paul Rudd, finds himself under house arrest for two years. We get a great and comedic montage of Scott trying to keep himself entertained, much like all of us at the moment. Even if you don’t get any ideas for what to do it is surely a morale boost as if Scott Lang can manage for two years stuck inside, we can certainly survive a few months.

The Lighthouse (2019)

From director Robert Eggers comes a story of two lighthouse keepers trying to keep sane while on a remote island. Sound familiar? Be it with your mum, dad, sister or aunt Sally, trying to keep sane and positive around the same people continuously is pretty much I possible. But Eggers makes a film showing just how bad cabin fever can get to the point of complete mental breakdown. It’s a brilliant film both visually and for performances from William Defoe and Robert Patterson. I for one highly recommend checking it out even if just as a red flag of what to avoid while isolating with family. Just don’t insult anyone’s lobster and you’ll be fine.  

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane who after a supposed apocalypse are confined to a bunker owned by Howard (Goodman). It’s a great psychological horror, brimming with tension as to what’s actually going on in the world, almost like our current scenario. Goodman gives one of his best performances which chills you to the bone and it’ll make you grateful that you self-isolating with family rather than that guy. It’s a movie all horror buffs should check out and will certainly make you more than happy to have your government-appointed walk.

Cabin Fever (2016)

You can’t really talk about cabin fever movies without mentioning the Cabin Fever series. The basic premise is that a bunch of generic, attractive teens go on a cabin holiday are struck with a flesh-eating virus and must try and survive it. At least coronavirus isn’t that bad. The original movie was a success so as with most horror films spawned several sequels and a remake. Most remakes try to recapture the magic of the original but end up being a carbon copy cash grab and somehow worse than the original. Cabin Fever most certainly falls under that category. So if you are in the mood to watch some teenagers being eaten alive, go for the original.

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AUTHOR: George Bell
One half film addict, one part computer nerd. All parts Croc lover

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