THE LAST KNOCK presents: CUB (2014)

The Last Knock

Get your horror merit badge! This Belgian adventure/horror from Jonas Govaerts has been receiving some hype as of late, but is this story of a scout troop in the woods worth a watch? We take a look at the story, and its simultaneous thwarting of some genre conventions while going head over boots for others. Curl up in your sleeping bags and give this one a listen.

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13 Replies to “THE LAST KNOCK presents: CUB (2014)”

  1. Guys, from the mid-section of my esophagus, your overly kind and probably erroneous, misguided scream out comments are ever so appreciated.
    Y’all should’ve been curmudgeon cubs or scarred scouts with me during the fifties or sixties in the ghetto. You’d then appreciate horror as creepers were amongst us. Many prey on the poverty of others…KI or is it KAI, was surely amongst us looking for free wood.
    Allow me the pleasure to tell you guys who and what you, Jonny Numb and Billy Crash, remind me of with every review youse twouse pop out here. Back in the Homes, I had a couple of very close friends who were quite different than me, yet, they could’ve been twin brothers of different den mothers who looked nothing alike. Without fail, that’d somehow alter one’s perception of most anything once they laid hands on it. For example, say that I’d won a few killer marbles from the local gambling-in-glass rabble, and then, made the mistake of showing them the best of the lot. Their nicknames were Ass and Hole. Well, Ass would take the mib and throw it as far as he could while laughing the entire time. Hole was much more destructive in his approach. He’d take the marble, find a large rock nearby and proceed to smash the mib to dust. I fondly recall these atrocities perpetrated by Ass and Hole…put those two together and you get my drift.
    It would seem that CUB had the potential of being a shiny, new marble.
    You’d think those who make movies would at least edit their product before putting it into the circle. Jonny and Bill, your suggestions as to how this movie could have been improved were like Ass and Hole were deprived of holding the best marble I’d won.
    Isn’t it uncanny how many books by the better to best horror writers can also go off the same rails about halfway through. Is this not what’s become of entertainment…in word and film?

    1. Yes, this is what has become of entertainment in print and film (though I think print is far, far worse since someone can write a “novel” in the morning and “publish” at night to become an “author). This was an indie film and they did their best, though they should have kept the story tighter. When they fell into cliche, they were lost, and they undermined their own interesting foundation for storytelling.

      You rock, my friend. Now, post a picture of you in your scout uniform!

      1. Yes, it’s a lot easier to write a crappy novel than to make a crappy indie film. There are more people involved in making a film, so there are more eyes on the project and more chances to catch mistakes and fix problems.

      2. As I’ve written, our troop in the projects was a tad different. We co-existed with creepers. I stayed for one camping trip and prayed awfully hard that the BS leader didn’t pick my tent-hut to creep into. Thank ye lawdie! My placement of Whale’s blood on the outside flap of my pup tent worked…death passed me over that night. My scouting career ended that very weekend. You can’t continue to play Russian roulette or bobbin’ for apples when scoutmaster Bob was biting at the bit to enjoy your apples.
        This is the closest rendition of me in my scout suit that I could find. Or, at least that’s what was expected of me when the fireflies settled in for their night’s repose…creepers creep and scouts weep in da hood! When yo po, dues get worked off. LOL

  2. Nice podcast, guys. It’s difficult to talk (or write) about a film that starts out great and then craps out. Ron, you are so right about horror books going off the rails. I’m trying to watch out for that in my latest project.

    1. Thank you, Bill!

      I know your book will be fabulous because you give a damn about craft. I know that you read and study, and you have proven yourself to be a great wordsmith. Because you’re passionate and care about quality writing, I have no doubt you’ll wow readers.

      1. Thanks for your vote of confidence, Billy Crash! I really appreciate and need it, as first draft writing begins November 1. I’m using NaNoWriMo and my local fellow writers to force me to get a draft done in a month. Of course, as you and Ron know better than I do, there’s plenty of rewriting and revising after that!

        The comments you and Jonny made in the podcast have reinforced what I’ve been doing and will be doing until Halloween: lots and lots of plot and character development. Some of the problems with CUB are common ones that can happen to any writer or filmmaker. For example, you pointed out that the film doesn’t give good reasons for some of the things that happen in it. This reminds me that the world of one’s story, however off-the-wall it might be, has to be internally consistent. It has to follow its own rules. And those rules have to be clear to the viewer or reader.

        Good stuff! Thanks again!

        1. So true, Bill. I’m glad our show helped. However, just write and enjoy the process. Make certain to send that editor in your head on vacation so you can indulge in the writing process with abandon. Trust where your characters take you and JUST WRITE! Much success and I look forward to hearing more about your project!

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