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.
This initial premise doesn’t sound that different from The Purge or any other Battle Royale type horror flick. However, what sets The Hunt apart is the cutting political satire. The film was pulled from it’s original release date following political backlash. A detailed and nuanced history of the film has been outlined by Time Magazine.
In response to any political controversy The Hunt’s director Craig Zobel had this to say:
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.
From the trailer The Hunt appears to be a sharp and entertaining social thriller with similarities to Get Out. If people from different political parties can go out and have fun at a horror movie together perhaps there’s hope for the future.
The Hunt will play in theaters March 13.