After a backlash that booted it from release to a murky shelved status, Universal’s The Hunt is finally coming to theaters.
You might remember The Hunt as a new spin on the Most Dangerous Game concept of hunting humans for sport. You might remember it as the latest film from director Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, Compliance) or writer Damon Lindelof (The Watchmen, The Leftovers, Lost). Or you might remember it as the movie that made President Donald Trump lose his sh*t on Twitter last summer, despite neither he nor the Fox News sources that set him off having seen it.
The Hunt was originally slated to debut on September 27. However, following two mass shootings in early August, Universal began pulling the movie’s marketing. Then, once Trump went off about “Liberal Hollywood” “Elites” being “the True Racists” [sic], the studio pulled the film from their schedule altogether.
That brings us to today when Universal unveiled The Hunt has a new release date and a bold new ad campaign that’s leaning into the film’s infamy and daring audiences to make up their own minds.
Check the trailer out below for “the most talked about movie of the year [that] nobody’s seen yet.”
Here’s the official plot 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 (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), 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 (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.
Finally, here’s the new poster, peppered with provocative pull quotes.
The Hunt opens in theaters on March 13.
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