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The Hunt is a horror film. Our hero, schoolteacher Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), must vanquish the villains suddenly threatening his life in his quiet, suburban town. The antagonists are often unseen, attacking Lucas’ house then slipping back into shadow. Our protagonist is a typical horror figure, an innocent man, besieged on all sides until he knows he must fight back in order to survive. But this is no regular horror: Lucas has been wrongly accused of being a paedophile. His attackers are his former friends, some of whom are parents of those Lucas purportedly abused. Jump scares are mostly absent, but morbid fascination is born from what the film convincingly posits is a plausibility of this happening to anyone, et voila: you’re left with a horror film that frightens because it positions you, the viewer, as another potential future victim of wrongful accusations.

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