Death-row inmate James Earl Cash awakens from his "execution" to discover that prison officials were bribed to fake his death and deliver him into the clutches of a snuff film ring that wants to use him as its newest star.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean R. Lynch ...
Hoods (voice) (as Sean Lynch)
Hoods (voice)
Hoods (voice)
Gregory Salata ...
Hoods (voice) (as Greg Salata)
Hoods (voice)
Hoods (voice)
Innocents (voice) (as Greg Sims)
Adam Sietz ...
Innocents (voice) (as Adam Seitz)
Innocents (voice)
Innocents (voice)
Innocents (voice)
Innocents (voice)
Loose Cannon ...
War Dogs (voice) (as Kendall Clark aka Loose Cannon)
War Dogs (voice) (as Ricky Aiello)
Julian Rebolledo ...
War Dogs (voice) (as Julian Rebolledo aka Julian Dean)


Manhunt is like a super-violent Truman Show. It is a very dark, disturbing and creepy video game. Most certainly NOT to be played by children or teenagers. There are no heroes here. Only villains. Not one single character is the type of person you'd want to run into a dark alley with. Including the main character. The game is filled with nothing but thugs, Neo-Nazi skinheads, psychopaths, corrupt police officers, lots of cursing, gore, and violence. The star of Manhunt is a serial killer on Death Row who goes by the name of James Earl Cash. On the day he's set to be executed, they take him to the chamber and he is then put to death....or was he? It turns out the "lethal injection" he received was nothing more then a strong sedative. In one of the first scenes, Cash wakes up in a locked dark hospital-like room, alive and well. Over the intercom a strange man's voice speaks to him and tells him to put on a wireless earpiece that is on a table next to him. He does this and then the voice... Written by

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They just killed Cash. Now they want to kill him again. See more »


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In September 2004, after having been available to buy in Australia for almost a year, Manhunt's rating was changed by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) from MA15+ to RC (Refused Classification) - in other words, the game was banned in Australia. The OFLC ordered that "any existing stocks of this game held by retailers must be removed from the shelves immediately". It is speculated that the decision came about because of the media uproar and subsequent political pressure - that resulted from the murder of British teenager Stefan Pakeerah in July 2004. Pakeerah's parents specifically blamed Manhunt for the murder of their son, which they claimed closely emulated killings portrayed in the game (although the link was later disproved - the motive was deemed to be robbery. It was also proven that it was actually the victim, and not the murderer who owned Manhunt, which explained why the mother knew so much about the game). Australia follows New Zealand in banning the game, where it was outlawed in March 2004. New Zealand's own OFLC interpreted the game as requiring players to "acquiesce in...and possibly tolerate, or even move towards enjoying [murder]", which was deemed "injurious to the public good". See more »


The icon for the sniper uses the icon for the removed PSG-1 sniper. See more »


The Director: These streets are being patrolled by gangs. They're scum, just like you. And they're here to hunt you down and cut you up.
The Director: I'll try to direct you as best I can, but other than that, you're on your own - it's up to you!
The Director: Ok, you ready? Camera... Action!
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After the credits finish rolling, a random segment of a children's television show plays briefly. Supposedly, this is to give the impression that Starkweather taped over the majority of the children's show with the snuff film footage of Cash's killings. See more »


References The Fog (1980) See more »

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8 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Manhunt is one of theses games which pleases the gore hound in me. It is release for behaviour deemed 'unwise' in reality not to mention the level of controversy the game received due to the Neo-Con Lobby of England and the Daily Mail. However in a way one could also argue the boundaries of taste giving the fascination people have with reality TV. Players are placed into the world of James Earl Cash who has been given a second shot at life only to be used a pawn in a brutal bloodsport with the 'director' pulling his strings. It cleverly ties into the Grand Theft Auto world although I would argue that Liberty City seems like Vegas compared to Carcer City. It is them up to the players to implicate extreme measures or violence and brutality to please their audience and at the same time keep them-selves alive. It is easy to get into , fun , fast paced and also very atmospheric with a still a few jump out moments and the gore level in it will satisfy any inner freak. I think the only thing about Manhunt is that it well the missions can be a very repetitive which may lead to concentration lapses which makes things frustrating from time to time. And also the camera might be a little bit frustrating at the worst of times. However putting that aside Manhunt has to be played as it is there to offend and please anybody who hates some self-righteous moralistic prate who wants to tell us how to live our lives. Check it out if your in a mood for blood. They have also recently lifted the ban on Manhunt 2 giving the media frenzy surrounding the first and I shall indeed be checking it out, hopefully it will live up to the hype.



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