With the enjoyable line ‘if you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise’ floating around in the PR blurb for this, Belgian horror Cub looks set to make a splash at this year’s festival.

Directed and co-written by Jonas Govaerts, Cub tells the tale of a scout trip turned very sinister – with a creepy tree house, forest foraging and maybe even a young werewolf on the menu.

Early word on this is strong, with the film supposedly giving nods to many horror classics, as well as using an evocative synth score (which certainly worked in the likes of The Guest and Starry Eyes recently).

Cub marks Govaerts’ feature film debut behind the camera, having worked on shorts and TV in the past.

Maurice Luijten takes on the role of Sam, the overly-imaginative 12-year-old at the centre of the story, with support from the likes of Evelien Bosmans and Stef Aerts.

Check out the trailer below, with Cub set to screen at the festival on October 14 and 16.

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle