Cub (2014)


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It's hard to find good horror in today's market and it's usually the indie scene or a foreign country that actually delivers. In this case I had to look to Belgium to find this surprisingly entertaining backwoods survival pic called Cub, which revolves around a group of young cub scouts as they make their way to some wooded territory for a camping retreat. Accompanied by a few of their idiotic 20-something leaders, the boys make camp and enjoy their time in the wilderness, while a troubled young loner named Sam ventures off by himself. Sam eventually discovers the tree house of a masked feral child and comes to realize that danger will soon be among the group of scouts.

First off I have to say that backwoods survival is one of my favorite sub-genres and I'm also a fan of horror movies that follow a child lead. It's just refreshing to see a child's point of view for a change rather than an adult, because it's usually a more interesting perspective on things. So because of those two factors I may like the flick a bit more than the casual viewer, but either way it's definitely an interesting genre pic in general, especially since children do die in the film (which can be taboo for some but I liked the ballsy approach).

Sure the premise isn't anything original (much like most backwoods horror), but the direction and execution makes it stand out a bit more than the usual crap we get. And it's nice to have more than one antagonist for a change, as we've got the feral child along with his evil Poacher father-figure. I also loved all the elaborate traps and contraptions spread throughout the forest to kill or disable unwanted visitors. Though, as much as I like the movie it does have its share of problems. Most of which are located in the third act, specifically towards the end where the film seems to lose its focus and ultimately leaves us with more questions than answers. Regardless, the pros outweigh the cons, in my opinion and I still found this an entertaining pic for the most part.

Fans of backwoods survival horror (like myself) will probably dig this, but expect more questions than answers by the time the credits roll.
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Fans of backwoods survival horror (like myself) will probably dig this, but expect more questions than answers by the time the credits roll.