Anticipation Alert: CUB (2014)

I always knew there was a reason I never joined the Cub Scouts.  Maybe because if I had gone on an excursion with my fellow Cubs, I could have run into a murderous feral boy who wants to do nasty, bloody things to me.  What kind of patch would you get for surviving that?

Welcome to a refreshing new Belgian horror film from first time feature director Jonas Govaerts called CUB (or WELP if you’re in the Netherlands).  Here’s the synopsis:  ‘Troubled twelve-year-old Sam (Maurice Luijten) heads off on a summer camping trip with his Cub Scout troupe. When the highly imaginative boy claims to have seen a creature in the woods, his counsellors naturally assume that their campfire tales of a monster named Kai have gotten to him. But the danger Sam sees is all too real: watching from the darkness is a masked, feral child whose menacing snarl and quick movements go unnoticed by all except for Sam. As the mocking taunts of the other boys isolate Sam further from his pack, he becomes increasingly convinced that a terrible fate awaits them all.’

And here’s the trailer!

For a small independent horror movie, CUB looks damn good.  I really dig the acapella song playing throughout the trailer while the carnage unfolds.  Makes it extra creepy and extra effective.  I’m really hoping that this one lives up to the hype of the trailer and of the word of mouth that it’s getting.  Loving the whole ‘Lord Of The Flies with an even more horror twist‘ feel that’s going on here too.  CUB will start playing festivals soon, beginning with TIFF’s Midnight Madness program.  Stay tuned for more info on screenings and reviews that will be popping up after the festival.  Time to go practice building my own fire now……

Maurice Luijten is Sam in Welp/CUB (Jonas Govaerts/Potemkino 2014).