Belgium; land of Poirot, chocolate and feral children. The new trailer for Jonas Govaert's directorial debut Cub provides one of those with aplomb, and there's no prizes for guessing which.
(Sadly, David Suchet was unavailable).
Cub premieres at the Toronto Film Festival this year, screening in the Midnight Madness section, where Kevin Smith's Tusk will also premiere.
Govaert's film looks unusually assured for horror debuts, and has certainly got a hook-laden plot:
Troubled twelve-year-old Sam (Maurice Luijten) heads off on a summer camping trip with his Cub Scout troupe. When the highly imaginative boy claims to have seen a creature in the woods, his counsellors naturally assume that their campfire tales of a monster named Kai have gotten to him.
As the mocking taunts of the other boys isolate Sam further from his pack, he becomes increasingly convinced that a terrible fate awaits them all.
Funnily enough, Sam turns out to be right, and a bloodbath straight out of a f***ed up Studio Ghibli film ensues.
If creepy singing is a barometer for decent horror movies, Cub will be one to watch:
Cub has yet to secure general release, but hopefully after TIFF we'll be able to share in the madness.