Hey Horror fam! It’s your pal jAMIE, back again with another edition of “Quarantine Movie Review” for your reading enjoyment!
The flick this time around is 2020’s The Hunt, directed by Craig Zobel.
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are — or how they got there. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, ruthless elitists gather at a remote location to hunt humans for sport. But their master plan is about to be derailed when one of the hunted, Crystal, turns the tables on her pursuers.
Holy fuck-balls! This movie is a wild rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. It’s comparable to a few cinematic greats, yet still astonishingly original, all on its own. The following statement, although crazy, is in fact real: I liked this movie in the beginning and then hated it near the middle–but I actually still liked it quite a bit by the last act. Yep, it had that kinda effect on me.
Here’s my stab at a brief, spoiler-free description of the movie. Ok, here we go: Like in Saw, seemingly random people are unexpectedly captured and brought to a location, where they are hunted like Surviving The Game with a heavy hint of You’re Next. I could have even sworn I felt some strong Kill Bill vibes a time or two as well. That said, the characters are extremely expendable while pushing the viewer though this insane game of cat and mouse with knives, guns, grenades, landmines, spikes, poison, gas, evil people, a cute pig, plenty of blood, carnage, action, and even a savory grilled cheese sandwich to literally finish it all off.
Wow, this fucking movie. See it. I highly recommend it. Ike Barinholtz’s performance was memorable for sure, as well as Betty Gilpin who has these weird Bruce Campbell meets Beatrix Kiddo moments that are odd and at times mesmerizing.
Until next time, keep the TV on, the movies rolling, the popcorn buttered, and them hands washed!
Editor’s Note: jAMIE is one half of the horror/hip-hop duo Twiztid. Read more about the band and give a couple of their videos a spin below.
Twiztid is an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan. Formed in 1997, Twiztid is composed of Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric, who perform under the respective personas of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide.