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Cub (2014/Artsploitation Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B Extras: B- Film: C+

Cub (also known as Welp in other countries) is a Belgian horror film that is beautifully shot and creepy though highly reminiscent of other popular films in the Horror genre, namely Friday the 13th, The Devil's Backbone, and even hints of Dario Argento's Suspiria. The film won't disappoint fans of gore as there are very intensely brutal moments and it even stays fairly un-predictable, especially in the third and final act which makes this slightly flawed film recommendable.

A feral child stalks a group of Cub Scouts on a weekend excursion into the woods in this menacing tale of terror from Belgium. As the rambunctious scouts make their way into the woods, troubled 12-year-old Sam (Maurice Luijten) seems to be the only one who takes the stories of a vicious child named Kai who is rumored to attack unsuspecting campers at night. When darkness falls and bullied Sam catches a glimpse of Kai, his repeated attempts to warn his troupe fall on deaf ears. But it isn't long until the body count starts to rise, and no one can deny the truth - something deadly is lurking in the shadows, and it has come to prey on them. Surprisingly, Sam soon begins to develop a tenuous bond with the strange child. But Kai isn't the only threat out there, and it won't be long now before Sam discovers the true meaning of fear.

Another cool side note for the film is that famous horror band Zombi's Steve Moore provides the synth-heavy score that helps give the film more of an '80s feel. As a first film, I am definitely interested to see what Jonas Govaerts comes up with next as Cub did a good job of shouting out to the old classics, while at the same time creating a creepy new horror character and the addition of some brutal moments that may be a bit too heavy for most desensitized American movie watchers.

Presented in high definition with a 1080p, 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and (surprisingly) sounds great on Blu-ray disc. The language tracks are in Flemish and French with English subtitles as the film originates from Belgium and is unrated.

Extras include a short film, music video, deleted scenes, SFX reel, and a trailer.

I would recommend Cub to heavy Horror fans that are looking for something new to check out. While it didn't grab me as much as It Follows, and the script trips over itself a few times with plot holes, it still had me on the edge of my seat.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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