Cub (Welp) – A fresh, brutal take on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”
Directed by: Jonas Govaerts
Sam is a lad with a wild imagination. A loner, thanks to his “Dark and violent” childhood, he has few friends in his scout troop and even fewer troopmates who don’t bully him. When scout leaders Baloo (Aerts) and Chris (De Voogdt) tell the boys about a feral boy who lives in the woods being responsible for the disappearance of some locals, Sam is… well freaked out. Nevertheless, he and the rest of the scouts go deep into the woods for a camping trip to detach from technology and learn survival skills. What they experience will be far more deadly than not having internet access, as soon after they arrive Sam encounters the mask wearing wild child. When nobody believes him, and the counslers begin encouraging the others to bully Sam (much to the dismay of camp cook Jasmijn (Bosmans), he decides a feral friend is better than no friend at all, and the violence begins to escalate.
Armed with the claws and teeth of an exhilarating pace, beautiful cinematography, and a pulse pounding score “Cub” is a horror film that fires on all cylinders. No to mention the very strong performances by everyone involved (especially Maurice Luijten as Sam), and the brutal kills of which there are many. There is really nothing not to like about this movie. It is fun, entertaining, and scary. What more could you ask for?
I will warn viewers that there is one scene about two thirds of the way into the film that involves pretty graphic violence against a dog. If that is the kind of thing you simply cannot watch, either skip past it or don’t watch this movie. Outside of that, this is a near perfect horror flick. One of the best of the year so far, and likely to be at the top of the list when 2015 ends.