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|Genre:||Horror, Thriller, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 90 min.|
|FSK:||From 18 years of age|
A real horror show, to which twelve strangers are exposed: With no memory of how they got there, they grow up in a clearing. It soon becomes clear that they were brought here for one purpose only: To hunt! Not as hunters, however, but as the hunted of an elitist group that indulges in a particularly perverse form of recreation. The colorful troupe is quickly reduced to a bloody kind until Crystal (Betty Gilpin), one of the hunted, turns the tables and takes on the well-heeled leisure-time killers.
"The Hunt" was actually supposed to be released in the cinemas a few months ago, but the start of the horror thriller was postponed at short notice after a bloody rampage in the USA. The Corona Pandemic now got in the way of the second attempt, so this Blumhouse production is now will be published as a rental video for home cinema. Director Craig Zobel serves up a bloody mixture of thriller, horror, comedy and satire, which is pleasantly entertaining in many moments. Especially when the group of the hunted, which partly consists of well-known series faces (Emma Roberts from "American Horror Story", Justin Hartley from "This is Us"), is reduced very drastically, it takes on almost grotesque traits, which at one moment even radiates a touch of Monty Python (I'm just saying: "This is just a flesh wound"). If you like it macabre, you'll get your money's worth here.
It's also interesting that typical role clichés are put through the wringer here. If you think you know exactly what the motivation of the hunters is, you might get a real surprise here. Apart from that, there are dramaturgically little surprises. However, that's not really disturbing, as the entertainment value remains almost constantly very high over 90 minutes - at least if you have a soft spot for bloody thriller comedies like "Ready or Not". Furthermore, the film can benefit from the fact that some of the actors have obviously enjoyed slipping into more absurd characters - among them Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank or Betty Gilpin.
"The Hunt", who is well-known from the Netflix series "GLOW", could have been a bit more biting on the satirical level. Nonetheless, at least he does touch on some points, which are definitely worth thinking about and which even give the movie a certain depth. Still, all in all the entertainment value is in the foreground, of course. And here's the thing: If you like it bloody and a little bit absurd, if you don't expect real tension, but just some entertaining fun, he should definitely borrow this strip or - if possible - watch it at the drive-in cinema. Worth seeing!
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