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The Hunt (2006)

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There are over 43 million hunters in the United States today. A great number of hunters...a great number of deer. Statistically something was bound to go wrong.

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Fritz Kiersch
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Credited cast:
Joe Michael Burke ... Jack Hamberg
Cliff De Young ... Jon Kraw
Robert Rusler ... Atticus Monroe
Mitchell Burns Mitchell Burns ... Clint
Amy Briede Amy Briede ... Tessa Kraw Hamberg
Thomas Cunningham ... Hunter
Becky Love Becky Love ... Jean Kraw
Jon Dozhier Jon Dozhier ... Kid
Brett Bower ... Counterman
John Hornbuckle John Hornbuckle ... OCAT Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon H. Fields Brandon H. Fields ... Tom Hayes
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Bow hunting enthusiast Jack Hamberg, his eight-year old stepson Clint and former news cameraman Atticus Monroe are on a mission to make a deer hunting video. All that is needed to complete the video is a "kill". Jack and Atticus reluctantly decide to trespass onto a nearby property where there may be more abundant prey. Once inside the restricted area, they come upon some frightening realizations. The hunters have become the hunted. Only one comes out alive with the tapes that captured the horrific events that transpired on "The Hunt". Written by Anonymous

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A great number of hunters - a great number of deer. Statistically something was bound to go wrong.


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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 December 2006 (Greece) See more »

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Cazados See more »

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Meridian, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Even More Disappointing Than The Cover Had Me Believe
15 May 2007 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Two hunters and a young boy head into the woods to film a deer hunting video. But they enter private property and suddenly find themselves in a mess way beyond their control. Also, the story of a search party piecing together the whereabouts of the missing...

Director Fritz Kiersch (whose only claim to fame is "Children of the Corn") brings us this one. Yeah, I hadn't heard of him, either. And after people see this film, they most likely still won't bother to give him the time of day. Sorry, Fritz. Let's run down the list of problems with this film.

The cover has two problems, which is a bad way to judge a film, but think of it like this: if you care enough about your film, shouldn't you make it appealing? First we have a tagline that tells us "The hunters become the hunted", which is just about he most overused and weak excuse imaginable. I hope that guy didn't get paid. Next, they try to sell the film by calling it "Blair Witch Project meets Predator". I'm sorry, that doesn't make me interested at all.

They were right about the Blair Witch Project part, though, as much of the film is shown through the camera of one of the hunters. (If you know anything about cameras, though, look at the model he is using and look at the film quality -- clearly this is not actual footage.) This gimmick is nothing special, and the fact they already told us it was like the "Blair Witch Project" makes it seem somewhat derivative.

We have a kid who is a horrible plot device and a horrible actor. Maybe he needed to be written out, or maybe they needed a different kid. I don't know. But this boy, who the hunters keep accurately calling "wimp", doesn't really add anything to the film. He could add some family tension (his parents are divorced), but they don't really touch on that.

The biggest ripoff of all is when they offer "the twist". You know I can't say what it is, but I'll tell you this: take two guesses and one of the two will be correct. Sadly, the one that's far less interesting is the one they decided to go with.

The film isn't a complete waste of time, though how exciting is a movie with a couple guys walking through the woods? Obviously the body count can't exceed three, and the conversation is kind of limited when you have to talk about deer and trees. As with other slow movies, I would have suggested this had been trimmed into a one-hour Masters of Horror type episode. Except, of course, there's no nudity or gore and there was already a (better) episode about deer. This still would have been weak.

You might have guessed, I'm not giving this one my seal of approval. Compared to the other films I watched this past week ("Evil Ed", "Henry", "2001 Maniacs" and "High Tension") "The Hunt" is little more than pond scum.... or deer droppings. Look for something else.


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