Scout’s hor­ror

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray - Sarah Dobbs

Re­lease Date: 3 Au­gust

2014 | 15 | DVD Di­rec­tor: Jonas Go­vaerts Cast: Mau­rice Lui­jten, Ti­tus De Voogft, Stef Aerts, Evelien Bos­mans, Gill Eeck­alaert, Jan Hamme­necker

The Scouts’ motto is “be pre­pared”. But when a troop of cub scouts sets out on a sum­mer camp­ing trip, they find them­selves woe­fully un­ready for the evil that lurks in the woods.

You know some­thing’s go­ing to go wrong right from the start, when the cubs are scared away from their usual camp­site by track­suit- wear­ing thugs. Their al­ter­na­tive base camp is wilder, more iso­lated, and a pop­u­lar sui­cide spot for de­pressed work­ers from a nearby fac­tory. With one of their num­ber suf­fer­ing from men­tal prob­lems, and both lead­ers dis­tracted by an at­trac­tive blonde cook, the stage is set for a dis­as­ter. Sure enough, one turns up in the form of “Kai”, a shad­owy fig­ure who’s part camp­fire story, part feral pre- teen, and all ruth­less killer.

It takes a while for the vi­o­lence to be­gin, but once it does, it’s re­lent­less, and far more bru­tal than you’d ex­pect for a movie about chil­dren. Though the gore’s mostly im­plied, the woods are full of imag­i­na­tive traps that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Saw se­quel.

Un­for­tu­nately, as the car­nage winds down, the film chucks in a fi­nal twist that’s both ob­vi­ous and kind of non­sen­si­cal, mak­ing for a dis­ap­point­ing end to what’s oth­er­wise an in­trigu­ingly creepy mys­tery. Still, it’s a de­cent enough en­try into the camp­site slasher canon.

Ex­tras: A 13- minute short and mu­sic video from the same di­rec­tor; a vis­ual ef­fects break­down.

Shouldn’t he be rub­bing two sticks to­gether?

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