Belgian scout camp horror film Cub is set for UK cinemas this summer, via Altitude Film Distribution.
Altitude, who have previously released international successes Fruitvale Station and Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, picked up the film after its successful run at the BFI London Film Festival in October.
Cub is the debut feature from writer-director Jonas Govaerts and follows a young scout, terrified by the camp leaders’ tales of a mysterious werewolf boy who roams the forest at night.
“To have Cub play in the land of the video nasties is a dream come true,” said Jonas.
“Altitude, the company releasing it, clearly have a big love for the genre, so I couldn’t be happier.”
| "My scout leaders introduced me to all kinds of movies."
Inspiration for Cub came from some of Jonas’ own experiences of being a boy scout as a youngster in Belgium and the nightmare-fuelling antics of some of his scout leaders.
He said: “My love for all things horror started when I was a boy scout.
“My leaders introduced me to all kinds of movies, as well as comics and music, so it seemed only fitting to set my first film in that world.
“I also liked the idea of having the protagonists be twelve years old – an age where it’s not always easy to distinguish fantasy from reality.”
Jonas was proud to see his film play at the London Film Festival, but there’s one reviewer that he is desperate to impress.
“The reaction was great, though I have to admit I got nervous when I spotted Kim Newman in the room,” he said.
“I’ll be keeping my eye on his Video Dungeon column…”
Cub will be released in Summer 2015. You can read my review of the film from the London Film Festival over at Empire Online.