Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 28th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: Belgium, 2014
Director: Jonas Govaerts
Writers: Jonas Govaerts, Roel Mondelaers
Cast: Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Stef Aerts, Jan Hammenecker, Gill Eeckelaert
BluRay released: August 18th, 2015
Approximate running times: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Flemish / French, Dolby Digital 5.1 Flemish / French, Dolby Digital Stereo Flemish / French
BluRay Release: Artsploitation Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $22.99
The key to any successful Horror film is the element of surprise. With the overwhelming majority of scenario’s being exploited for all their worth! With that being said, a great opening sequence can also go a very long way in grabbing the audiences attention for what is about to come and in this regard CUB delivers.
Content wise, this film has all the ingredients that one would want from a Horror film, like an ample amount of bloodshed and inventive death scenes. Another area where this film often excels is in its ability to create tension and maintain throughout the duration of the film.
Usually too due to budget restrictions the majority of Horror films go the route of having the bulk of the film take place in one primary location. And in the case of CUB this film’s main location is the woods. Which gives off the vibe of being expansive due to its size and claustrophobic due to the difficulty of knowing where you are if you get lost. This latter example plays a large role how the killers’ are able to stalk and kill their prey.
From a production stand point there are not many areas where this film does not excel. Whether it be its solid production design which takes full advantage of the woods or it’s equally effective visuals which give this film a polished look that far exceeds its resources.
And when it comes to the performances one would be hard pressed to fault any of them. With this film’s standout performance being a draw between these two actors Maurice Luijten in the role of Sam, he is one of the boy scouts and Gill Eeckelaert in the role of Kai, he is a young boy who has been raised like an animal in the woods. The moments where these two characters interact are without this film’s most durable moments.
CUB comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Black levels and shadow detail are consistently strong, colors and flesh tones look accurate and details look crisp. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression. Needless to say for a film that was shot on primarily location and in the wilderness this transfer far exceeds all expectations.
This release comes with three audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Flemish / French, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in Flemish / French and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Flemish / French. For this review I listed to the DTS-HD 5.1 mix and the end result is very satisfying audio experience. The track sound clean, clear and balanced. Range wise things sound robust when they need too and when it comes to the more ambient aspects of this soundtrack this audio mix delivers the goods. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minutes 44 seconds, in Flemish / French with English subtitles), a music video (3 minutes 36 seconds), deleted scenes (6 minutes 47 seconds, in Flemish / French with English subtitles), VFX reel (3 minutes 1 second) and a short film titled ‘Of Cats and Women’ (13 minutes 15 seconds, in Flemish / French with English subtitles.
Of Cats and Women: A woman exacts her vengeance by abducting and torturing to death another woman’s cat
Other extras include trailers for Bloody Knuckles, Der Samurai and The Treatment.
Overall CUB gets a rock solid audio / video presentation from Artsploitation Films.
Note: Artsploitation Films are also releasing this film on DVD.