‘The Hunt’ Movie Depicts Liberal Elites Hunting and Killing Politically Conservative People – Update: The Studio Has Pulled the Movie
(Post update below)
by Brian Flood, Aug 8, 2019
A controversial movie about privileged vacationers hunting “deplorables” for sport is ruffling feathers more than a month before its scheduled release and after tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
“The Hunt” is billed as a satire that follows wealthy thrill-seekers taking a private jet to a five-star resort where they embark on a “deeply rewarding” expedition that involves hunting down and killing designated humans. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Tuesday that “Universal is re-evaluating its strategy for the certain-to-be-controversial satire” following the shootings after ESPN reportedly pulled a trailer for the film that had been previously cleared to air on the sports network.
“The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals,” THR’s Kim Masters and Tatiana Siegel wrote. “It features guns blazing along with other ultra-violent killings as the elites pick off their prey.”
According to the Hollywood trade publication, characters in the film refer to the victims as “deplorables,” which is what Hillary Clinton famously dubbed Trump supporters during the 2016 election. The report noted that a character asks, “Did anyone see what our ratf–ker-in-chief just did?”
“At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables,” a character responds, according to THR.
“Out of sensitivity to the attention on the country’s recent shooting tragedies, Universal Pictures and the filmmakers of ‘The Hunt’ have temporarily paused its marketing campaign and are reviewing materials as we move forward,” a Universal Pictures spokesperson told Fox News late Wednesday.
DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News that the movie is “harmful to a culture that surely needs messages of unity and understanding” during the current climate.
August 11, 2019 Update
The movie has been called off.
August 10, 2019
Studio scraps movie about a group of elites hunting ‘deplorables’ following gun violence across US and tweet by Trump
The Hollywood studio behind a violent satire depicting a dozen supposedly red state Americans who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals, is to scrap the movie’s release , days after announcing it would not promote or market the film.
The Hunt, produced by Blumhouse, the independent film house known mostly for low-budget horror films such as Paranormal Activity and The Purge as well as also the Oscar winner BlacKkKlansman, was due to come out on 27 September. News of the decision was first disclosed by the Hollywood Reporter.
The Hunt, a satirical film in which liberals hunt Trump supporters and kill them for sport, was due to be released on 27 September.
Marketing of the film had already been put on hold following the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
Universal said the decision was made after “thoughtful consideration.”
The Hunt’s storyline is intended to reflect the divided nature of US politics.
One trailer for the film was pulled by ESPN. It was said to open with the sound resembling an emergency broadcast signal.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the liberal characters refer to their prey as “deplorables”, a term used by Hillary Clinton to describe some of Mr Trump’s fans in the run up too the 2016 elections.
Without naming the film, Mr Trump tweeted about an upcoming Hollywood release.
He said: “The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence and then try to blame others. They are the true racists and are very bad for our country!”
A statement from Universal said: “We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”
Update: it looks like the movie studio removed the official movie trailer: