The Belgian shocker Cub, which follows an outcast kid as his fellow scouts as they run afoul of a strange force in the woods, hit festivals last year, stopping by TIFF and Fantastic Fest on its way through the festival circuit. It’s an unusual piece of work that combines some out and out scares with moments that are so over the top that I couldn’t help but be impressed, regardless of whether or not I actually “liked” what I was seeing.
There’s not a lot out there like Cub, which is maybe a little more dark and crazy than the casual horror crowd wants to see. That could explain why the film is skipping theatrical release in the US and going right to disc. That release hits stores later this summer, and you can see a new Cub trailer right now.
This is a good trailer that shows more than I’d really like — the first minute or so (before the song really gets big) might be all you should watch if you want to avoid footage from late in the film.
Cub hits Blu-Ray & DVD on August 18. Trailer via Artsploitation Films.
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This dark, bloody imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Rings, Friday the 13th and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. Inquisitive Sam, certain the woods are inhibited by something evil, soon stumbles upon a feral young boy and, eventually, his evil psychopathic mentor. But convincing the others of the danger falls on deaf ears, and soon ingenious traps begin to take their violent toll on the group. A wildly entertaining “killer in the woods” actioner.