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Controversial “THE HUNT” finally coming to theaters next month; poster targets the uproar

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Trump be damned: Universal and Blumhouse have announced a new release date for their much-debated and unfairly maligned thriller THE HUNT, with a new ad campaign directly addressing the attacks on it.

THE HUNT will be released theatrically Friday, March 13; you can see the new trailer and poster below. Craig Zobel directed the film from a script by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse, with Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank, Ethan Suplee, J.C. MacKenzie, Amy Madigan and Macon Blair starring. The synopsis: “Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen…for a very specific purpose…The Hunt. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote manor house to hunt ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal [Gilpin], knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman [Swank] at the center of it all.” The initial release set for September 27 last year was scrapped following a series of mass shootings and attacks by president Trump and others on-line, declaring it to be liberal propaganda and other such nonsense. Watch the trailer to see what it’s actually about.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.