Cub (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jonas Govaerts
Starring: Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt
Rated: UR/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Artsploitation Films
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.
Cub is perhaps one of the most interesting movies that has been released this year. In this one, we have a group of cub scouts heading into the woods with two councilors and a female cook. They are told this scary story about a wolf boy named Kai, but one of the boys, Sam, seems to think it is more than just a story. He does so because of very good reason, but as luck would have it, Sam has a history of his own, so everyone just think he’s nuts. The whole thing is done really well and there is a lot that certainly feels like an old school slasher, which might have been what I think I liked about it the most. There is some blood to go along with it, but the story might actually be the strongest part of this one when everything is all added together. The movie also does a great job of making you really dislike the people in the movie you are supposed to dislike. That is a trait of good writing there as well. I’ll always say I wish there was more blood, but there isn’t anything here that really stands out in a bad way.
I think the look of Kai is a really good one as well. As you can clearly see from the cover, you notice he is about the same size and age as our other cub scouts here, which makes for an interesting dynamic when he bumps into our leading scout, Sam. There is also a good mood and vibe coming from the film that might remind some of the 80s in a few ways, which in my opinion is never a bad thing at all. I won’t call the movie perfect, but it is enjoyable in all the right areas that count and as long as you don’t mind subtitles, I just can’t see what major issues you might end-up having with this one. Could this lead into a whole franchise with sequels down the road? I don’t know, but I don’t think it’ll be a bad thing at all if it does spawn more to follow this story.
– Short Film
– Music Video
– Deleted Scene
– SFX Reel
– Deleted Scene
Quality of Transfer: 94%