CUB is a Belgian horror film that is very effective at what it does. Namely, taking the audience to a deep, dark place and abandoning them there.
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Fantastic Fest 2014, for me, got off to a rousing start; I didn't intend to slam three movies the first day out of Fantastic Fest. I normally like to pace myself, visit with friends, and enjoy the companionship and the vibe of the whole event. But for some reason yesterday, I dove right into it. I'm glad I did too, because I feel like I fully absorbed all the movies I saw yesterday. ALLELUIA was an interesting film to start off on - it's dark, odd, and very French (well, French and Belgian). ABCS OF DEATH 2 is a ton of fun, a big improvement over the first, and once the second half of the alphabet kicks in, it's charged and exciting in very unexpected ways. The final shot, "Z Is For Zygote," is one of the best five or so minutes of pure horror that I've seen in a while.
And then there was CUB. Cub was a hell of a movie to see first day. There's always a film every year that I embrace and, perhaps, overhype beyond the film's own good. It may be possible with CUB that I'm doing exactly that. But I can only describe the way the movie affected me, and I feel like I can say with confidence that CUB (or WELP, the original title) will probably be one of the best horror films I see this year. There's a meanness to it - as events in the film go darker, there is
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