FANTASTIC CINEMA: A Closer Look at CUB

 

This is the fourth in a series of features looking at the films screening at Fantastic Cinema.

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This quote from the We Got This Covered  review of CUB is an exact representation of why we programmed CUB.

"Govaerts embodies what makes foreign cinema so much more dangerous than today’s Hollywood bullshit, adhering to a world where happy endings aren’t necessary. Horror is supposed to be unpredictable, bleak, and f#cking scary, and all these notes are achieved throughout Cub."

ABOUT THE FILM

CUB is a horror adventure in which a young imaginative twelve-year-old boy named Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack, leaders Peter and Chris and quartermaster Yasmin. Once they enter the woods, Sam quickly feels something is not quite right. He soon stumbles upon a mysterious tree house and meets a shifty, masked feral-looking child. When Sam tries to warn his leaders, they ignore him: the boy often tells tall tales and Sam’s mysterious past which he refuses to talk about makes his leader Peter mistrust him. As Sam gets more and more isolated from the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them: the Feral Child, it turns out, is the helper of the Poacher, an evil psychopath, who has riddled the forest with ingenious traps and is intent on slaughtering the scouts… one by one…

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS & AWARDS

We are one of the very few US Film Festivals to screen CUB!

Here is a sample of the many festivals that have screened CUB.:

  • Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival
  • Festival International du Film Fantastique de Gérardmer
  • Toronto International Film Festival (Midnight Madness)
  • Fantastic Fest
  • Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival - WINNER Best Director

REVIEWS

"Kinetic and brutal, gory and graphic with comedic beats in-between. While not totally perfect, Cub gets a lot of things right having plenty fun along the way. Definitely recommended." ~ Bloody Disgusting

"This unquestionably good-looking film, shot by world-class cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis (The Drop, Bullhead), plays like a Low Countries-variation on the classy Spanish-language work of Guillermo Del Toro" ~ The Hollywood Reporter

"Cub, puts a brutal new spin on standard camp horror fare." ~ Dread Central

"CUB doesn’t play as a collection of clichés, but a love letter to the genre from a filmmaker who grew up wearing out FRIDAY THE 13TH and SLEEPAWAY CAMP tapes" ~ Fangoria

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