Cub

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Cub

Jonas Govaerts (2014)

82min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A cute play on words suggests a supernatural dimension that never really materialises in this inventive Belgian coming-of-age chiller. Although a local werewolf myth is an integral part of the story, the cub of the title is a bullied 12-year-old boy named Sam (Maurice Luijten), who joins his scout group on an ill-fated camping trip to the woods. To keep their young charges in check, the scout elders tell stories of a vicious feral creature named Kai that lives there. Sam claims to have seen Kai, but the others make fun of him and the bullying - even from some of the adults - only intensifies. Inevitably, "Kai" reveals himself, with deadly consequences, at which point the film jettisons restraint and switches into full-on stalk-and-slash mode. The kills are surprisingly gruesome, but the suddenly manic tone breaks faith with the thoughtful intensity of the build-up and its intriguing eco-revenge theme goes, like many of its young cast, under the bus.

Summary

A young boy goes on a camping trip with his fellow Cub Scouts, and crosses paths with a bloodthirsty poacher. Belgian horror, starring Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans and Titus De Voogdt. In Flemish, French and Dutch.

Cast & Crew

Sam Maurice Luijten
Peter Stef Aerts
Jasmijn Evelien Bosmans
Kris Titus De Voogdt
Kai Gill Eeckelaert
Stroper Jan Hammenecker
David Noa Tambwe Kabati
Policeman Kris Vinck
Steven Thomas De Smet
Director Jonas Govaerts
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Other Information

Language: Flemish, French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: AltitudeAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 31 Jul 2015
Drama