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Cub (2014)

Welp (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Horror | 29 October 2014 (Belgium)
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Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster...and he does.

Director:

Jonas Govaerts

Writers:

Roel Mondelaers (scenario), Jonas Govaerts (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Luijten ... Sam
Evelien Bosmans ... Jasmijn
Titus De Voogdt ... Kris
Stef Aerts ... Peter
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ... Stroper
Gill Eeckelaert ... Kai
Noa Tambwe Kabati Noa Tambwe Kabati ... David
Ricko Otto Ricko Otto ... Dieter
Louis Lemmens Louis Lemmens ... Dries
Thomas De Smet Thomas De Smet ... Steven
Pieter De Brabandere Pieter De Brabandere ... Boris
Jessie Tweepenninckx Jessie Tweepenninckx ... Rilatimmy
Isah De Zutter Isah De Zutter ... Michaël
Hauke Geirnaert Hauke Geirnaert ... Jesse
Ebe Meynckens Ebe Meynckens ... Bas
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Storyline

Sam, 12, is in trouble: his entire "Pathfinder" scout troop picks on him - and worse. The leader, Peter, is the worst of all. He seems to find a sadistic pleasure in humiliating Sam. This year's trip is to a woods near the French border where a curious legend named Kai is said, around the campfire, to make mischief. But when Sam finds that Kai is no legend and that he makes more than mischief, no one believes him. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Adventure | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

Flemish | French | Dutch

Release Date:

29 October 2014 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Cub - Piccole prede See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardennes, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Potemkino, Submarine See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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This movie was made with the help of crowd-funding. See more »

Goofs

After Jasmijn is trapped, Sam finds her scarf on the ground. Later in the movie she's wearing the scarf again. See more »

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"No animals or kids were harmed during the shoot if this motion picture." See more »

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References Suspiria (1977) See more »

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Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here
Written by Theodore Morse & Arthur Sullivan
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"Friday the 13th" meet "Lord of the flies" in this flawed slasher film!
1 August 2015 | by OliverGbyrneSee all my reviews

To begin this review , I must say that taking into consideration that this was the director's feature film debut , he did extremely well. The direction was the best thing about this film. Now , the issue of this film comes from it's script.It lacked focus. The story is simple enough : 12 year Sam goes camping , he his bullied by the other scouts and even by one of the scoutmaster (And his evil dog!) . When Sam tries to warn everybody that he saw a character from an Urban legend , Kai (an animal/boy who eats people) he his laughed at so Sam ends up developing a rather strange and disturbing relationship with Kai that would turn this Camping trip into a living nightmare! So the story is fairly straightforward as you can see but the issue is the writers felt necessary to add small layers/subplot to it that makes it more complex then it should. I can go on to much details or I will spoil the films.Let just say that the director gave Sam a mysterious background that raises a lot of questions but none of them are answered by the end of the film. For me ,personally, Cub is very good up to it's last 10 minutes.Great atmosphere, great direction,great acting by it's lead actor but the above issue I have with the film gives us an ending that leaves things to the viewers imagination. Your personal enjoyment of that film will come to this at the end : If you like to have a clear ending to your film , I am afraid you will be disappointed by Cub but if you are the type of person that loves a film to end in an ambiguous sort of way I believe you would find much to like in that film. Outside of this , Cub do a lot of things right. So if you are up for a very dark little film that has a very strong and shocking yet confusing ending you could do much worse then this trip to the wood. I give Cub a 6 out of 10


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