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?