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On a hike near an abandoned bus factory, a misfit Belgian boy scout (Luijten) forms a tentative bond with the treehouse-dwelling feral kid (Eeckelaert) whose demented father has set traps throughout the place.

★★★★

On a hike near an abandoned bus factory, a misfit Belgian boy scout (Luijten) forms a tentative bond with the treehouse-dwelling feral kid (Eeckelaert) whose demented father has set traps throughout the place.

Jonas Govaerts’ ferocious low countries horror evokes the rural slasher modes of American cinema, with nods to Stephen King, The Burning, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and even Zoltan: Hound Of Dracula, but has its own set of cultural references, including the Anglo-Belgian scouting tradition (even the killer’s rigged-up death traps have a homemade, ‘be prepared’ feel) and Flemish-French frictions. Impressively nightmarish.

Impressively nightmarish.

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