Plot – Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They didn’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – for The Hunt.
Director – Craig Zobel
Released – 2020
The Hunt went through a turbulent time trying to be released, first, there was a mass shooting that delayed the release, then just as they were going to try again, the coronavirus caused the closure of all the cinemas, forcing the makers to go down the route of VOD, Sadly this means that quite a few people that would have seen this film will now miss out on a surprisingly good satire horror.
One thing I love best about the horror genre is its ability to push boundaries, and The Hunt is a film that’s will to do just that, first is its willingness to attack all sides of the political spectrum, but also the decision to make the lead character a bad-ass, cool and funny female, who you’d definitely want on your side in a fight. played excellently by Gilpin, channelling her best Ripley in Alien.
Within the first five minutes of The Hunt, you can tell just how different this adaptation of The Most Dangerous Game will be. Not only this but right from the off, the dialogue is witty, engaging and flows smartly. Here Zobel has created a much more intelligence plot than first expected, taking usual horror tropes and turning them on their head, keeping the audience on their toes with a series of bate and switches with both the lead and also subverting expectations of the heroes and villains of the film, which may be different depending on your political views.
Overall, The Hunt is a fast-paced, clever and funny film, which knows when to throw the audience a curve-ball and offers the audience more than they expected. This will not start a franchise or spawn multiple sequels, but if the VOD release works, maybe one might be in the offing.