Holy. Shit. Let’s jump right into this.
Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster…and he does.
This one comes to us from the magical world of Belgium, and according to IMDB it is entirely in Flemish and French. I’m glad I looked that up too, because I ignorantly thought it was in German or Swedish for a fashion. Anyways, this movie came along right when I needed it to. It’s been sitting in the queue of movies I had waiting, and after my last couple of disappointing viewings I really didn’t know what to expect.
Directed by Jonas Govaerts and written by Roel Mondelaers, this movie is a fucking blast. Admittedly, I don’t know much about how Scouts works in Belgium, so you’ll have to forgive my ignorance on that particular subject, but as far as I can tell, this movie is about two insane Scout leaders, a group of lunatic children, and one of the Scout leader’s girlfriend, and also a dog. These kids head off into the woods despite a weird, out of place, werewolf legend, and encounter murderous lunatics in the woods.
So, this one is an insane amount of fun. The woods have been hilariously booby trapped by (I think) a man who is not responding well to losing his job, and now lives underground, and his son (maybe?) who wears bark on his face and is frightening. The Scout group enters the territory of this evil duo, and all hell starts to break loose.
All hell includes the dog getting beaten in a bag (I put that in here not to spoil, but to warn in advance for anyone sensitive to that kind of thing), a jeep running over a tent full of children, and a pit fight between two children. Seriously, that’s all in this movie, and it’s awesome. Seriously. Fucking. Awesome.
There are a couple of dropped plot threads, like a not-addressed photograph that Sam carries around, and a bus, buried under ground full of dead people. With that said though, I completely forgive all of that, because it’s really just a blast to watch. There are a few instanced of adults hitting children like grown ups which is a bit weird, and it does go to some dark places throughout.
It has some scary moments, and everyone in the movie does a pretty solid job from start to finish. Even the kids are believable, if not a little bit assholey and the movie pulls very few punches, which I can respect.
Overall, I give this a strong recommend if you can get your hands on it. It’s fun, bloody, and a great watch. Though, I will warn you again, the dog definitely gets killed in this movie and so if you don’t want that, then skip it. No, it’s not a real dog, but scenes like that can be really hard to take sometimes.