I’m a pretty able outdoorsman, even though I was never in the Cub Scouts. This means that while I can navigate in the wild well enough, I may not be able to tie as many different types of knots as some. I also never had to try and earn a merit badge for not dying in a series of horrifically gruesome traps planted by a sadistic killer who seemingly has a penchant for large knives and creepy wooden masks. That’s a fair trade-off, if you ask me.
Unfortunately for the kids in Cub (aka Welp), they never had that choice. Or much chance to live, based on this thrilling first trailer for the really good looking new German horror movie, which has been getting some great early buzz ahead of its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.
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.
In Cub, first-time feature director Jonas Govaerts draws on such influences as Lord of the Flies and The Devil’s Backbone to create a world filled with vivid childhood terrors. An atmosphere of danger and foreboding surrounds the young boys and their mostly clueless scout leaders, none of whom can see that they are the quarry in a sinister hunt — and as a series of ingenious booby traps start bloodily whittling down the troop’s numbers, it becomes clear that the boys are up against a foe far more formidable than even the perceptive Sam realizes.
Cub is the directing debut of Jonas Govaerts (he also co-wrote the script with Roel Mondelaers), and stars Maurice Luijten, Titus De Voogdt, Stef Aerts, Evelien Bosmans, and Jan Hammenecker. There’s no scheduled release date yet, but that should change once it gets picked up after its festival showing.
Last Updated: September 4, 2014