Controversial Movie The Hunt Sets New Release Date for Theaters

The most controversial film of 2019 was one that nobody actually got to see. The Hunt, Starring Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hillary Swank, and more is a satirical Action Horror-Thriller film about a group of “Elites” that hunt a group of captured humans called “Deplorables” for sport. The film was pulled last year by Universal in the wake of two separate mass shootings that were only a day apart in August of 2019.
At first the studio was going to set a new date and pull all the footage that had been released. They did but decided to announce they would not be releasing the film at all after a lot of public backlash even from the President of the United States saying  “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order … to inflame and cause chaos.”
The film’s Director Craig Zobal said after the film was cancelled Our ambition was to poke at both sides of the aisle equally. We seek to entertain and unify, not enrage and divide. It is up to the viewers to decide what their takeaway will be.”(Source: Variety) While I feel they did the right thing to postpone the film, I thought it was a little silly to pull it completely. That being said, we are currently living in an age of a dedicated “cancel culture” and while it was certainly mainly out of respect, the studio may have been wise to protect their image. 
This is all changing, however, as the film is now set for a new theatrical release on March 13th 2020,(Source: The Hollywood Reporter) and we even got a new trailer that shows the film as being played off as more of a conspiracy type movie with less obvious explanations, and multiple possibilities of what is actually going on.
I remember getting very excited by the original trailer aside from thinking they showed the whole film basically, but in this new trailer we learn that is not the case and there are plenty of fresh plot points, and some mystery to this story. Now I am even more excited. Respect to Universal for waiting for the right time, and hopefully the previous backlash hasn’t tarnished the film enough to affect numbers and people actually check this out before sticking by an early opinion or protesting based on little footage. Let us know what you think of Universal’s decision to release this film in the comments and check out the trailer below!

Posted by Kyle Crawford

Horror Writer and Gorehound

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