A Rep from Lions Gate Films writes:

After several sold out screenings of CABIN FEVER at the New Zealand Film Festival, several staffers of Peter Jackson’s production company WETA Digital raved to Jackson about the film and it’s young filmmaker Eli Roth.

Jackson was eager to see the film and who this new face of horror was. He immediately sent for a print of the film and shut down post production on LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING not once but twice to screen CABIN FEVER for the entire cast and crew to great response and summoned the stunned director to his offices.

Director Roth lunched with Jackson on the set after the screenings while Jackson complimented Roth on how he had not seen an American horror film like this in 20 years. During lunch, Jackson said he was pleased to see someone carrying on in the tradition of horror that Jackson had started his career in — his early films include the cult classics DEAD ALIVE and THE FRIGHTENERS — and gladly offered Roth a quote to use to promote the film – something Jackson has never allowed for a film of any genre. Roth was then paraded around the WETA Workshop and introduced to every single person who worked there where he was greeted enthusiastically.

“Brilliant! Fantastic! Horror fans have been waiting years for a movie like ‘Cabin Fever.’ I loved it!” Peter Jackson, Director of the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy