Artsploitation Films will be serving up both DVD and Blu-ray editions of Belgian filmmaker Jonas Govaerts’ film festival award-winning horror gem, Cub (aka: Welp), on Aug. 18.
Sam (Maurice Luijten) is a member of a scout troop, run by a trio of nearly incompetent wannabe outdoorsmen, one of which takes great pleasure in humiliating the young teen at every opportunity. Without parents, he is an outcast. When you combine the bullying with his loner position within the group you begin to question why he would even bother to subject himself to the misery of a camping trip in the forest with this lot.
Ah, but young Sam has his reasons. In a tense prologue, we witness a terrified young woman running through the woods, pursued by a mysterious entity. She eventually falls victim to a snare trap.
Sam is interested in the local legend of Kai, a feral boy, who just might be the “mysterious entity” that was doing the pursuing. This is an adventure for him … one of discovery.
After an evening of singing and campfire tales, which include the telling of the scary legend of the local werewolf that haunts the forest that they’ve camped in, Sam gets his wish and spots the feral kid (Gill Eeckelaert), covered in mud and decked out with a creepy wooden mask.
His efforts to inform his fellow campers of his discovery only meets with ridicule … which is what we expect and that hubris sets in motion an evening of out-and-out terror.
While Kai is creepy, he is not the “real” problem. His “mentor” (keeper) has plans for the “victim pool” that has dared to camp in this neck of the woods. The entire forest is his hunting ground, the traps are set and it takes little effort to get this pack of scouts and their leaders to run themselves blindly into what devilish traps await them. BOO! … and off they go!
Cub is presented in Flemish and Dutch with English subtitles.