Release Date: Jan 30th, 2015 (GER)
Written by: Jonas Govaerts and Roel Mondelaers.
Directed by: Jonas Govaerts.
Starring: Maurice Luijten, Stef Aerts, Titus De Voogdt, and Evelien Bosmans.
Until Cub came along, the only Flemish language Horror film that we'd seen is a disturbing little oddity called Left Bank. There are plenty of other Belgian Horror & Thriller movies out there that are co-productions with other countries (Calvaire, Sl8n8, and Vinyan come to mind), but they aren't wholly products of Belgium. Not that it's a big deal or anything, we just find it notable that Cub is a purely Belgian Horror movie (Flemish language and all), and that it's also really good. I guess we're just happy that Belgium has a new, high-profile Horror flick that they can call their own. We're sentimental like that.
|REALLY, HE'S JUST MISUNDERSTOOD.|
|"ALRIGHT GUYS, RAISE YOUR HANDS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KILL SAM AND LEAVE HIM BURIED IN THE WOODS."|
|PRETTY SURE THAT'S THE CREEPY VERSION OF THE MASK FROM CRASH BANDICOOT.|
Cub was also a nasty, bloody little movie.
Time and time again, it's the European Horror movies that tend to thrill us the most. They usually, unashamedly go to the places that most U.S. Horror flicks don't, and they do so with a style and voice all their own. If Cub were made here in the U.S. (and given its content, I can't imagine that it ever would be), it would most likely be watered down to a "safe" and morally acceptable level. We Americans seem to be able to accept kids doing the killing onscreen, but kids being killed onscreen? Well that is somehow too taboo for our delicate Western sensibilities. We're definitely hypocritical like that.
We give Jonas Govaerts and Roel Mondelaers all the credit in the world for having the balls to take the story of Cub to the dark places that it needed to go to be effective, and not holding back on the nasty stuff when things do get dark. And they definitely do.
We also found it really odd that as unfamiliar with the cast as we were, they still somehow felt familiar to us. Maybe that's a testament to the good job that they did, or maybe it's because we're delusional. I can't say for sure. Either way, the leads in this movie all did a great job, especially the young Maurice Luijten. For what was essentially his first big acting job, he was fantastic as Sam. Evelien Bosmans was also fairly impressive as Jasmin.
|TOO CUTE TO DIE.|
|POOR SAM. EVEN THE OUTCAST FERAL WILDERNESS BOY WANTS TO KILL HIM.|
|SPUDS MACKENZIE IS IN THIS.|
|THIS SCENE RIGHT HERE...|
|WE KNOW WHAT THOSE KIDS ARE GOING TO BE DREAMING ABOUT TONIGHT.|
If you really want to see Cub, you can order it on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.de right now, provided you have some sort of Region-Free player. If not, then you'll have to wait patiently until it's picked up for U.S. distribution, which will hopefully be be sometime later this year.
Evelien Bosmans is a Belgian QT pie.