New Movie “The Hunt” Should Win Tons of Awards And Fail At Box Office

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Political rhetoric has always been biting but has escalated to vilification since Trump was elected.  Traditionally a tool of left-wing commenters, an anonyous commenter, with inside knowledge about a Republican candidate’s Congressional campagn, referred to me and another Pro-Life volunteer as “fringe misfits”, on this blogI, of course, embrace that moniker.  I can laugh at myself and stereotypes of political conservatives.

Hollywood has elevated satirical rhetoric to an art form and I wonder how well that will be received.  Universal Studios is releasing a movie called “The Hunt” on September 27, 2019.  Billed as satire, the plot is built around a bunch of wealthy, liberal elitists, travelling to a “resort” where they get to hunt a bunch of kidnapped conservatives for sport:

The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals.

Some of the movie quotes are sure to be applauded at film festivals in tony mountain towns:

“Did anyone see what our ratf**ker-in-chief just did?” one character asks early in the screenplay for The Hunt, a Universal Pictures thriller set to open Sept. 27. Another responds: “At least The Hunt’s coming up”

“War is war,” says one character after shoving a stiletto heel through the eye of a denim-clad hillbilly.

You have to wonder how it will be received at the box office though:

From a business perspective, The Hunt presents a gamble for Universal in these divided times. The satire Assassination Nation, which also pitted the woke versus the unwoke in uber-violent fashion, represented the top sale at Sundance 2018 at $10 million. But the film fizzled upon its release later that year, earning just $2 million with no international rollout. Says one person involved with that film, “We thought people would get the joke.”

It’s a low-budget film ($18 million) so it may just be a pet project of some wealthy liberals.  A few million bucks may be a small price to pay to watch a movie about rich-elitists slaughtering a bunch of “fringe misfits” but you have to wonder if the masses will line up at the movie theaters to fork over their hard-earned money.

My prediction?  It wins tons of awards and doesn’t get past the first weekend at the box officeWatch the trailer for the movie here.

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  1. What are you talking about. Every Republican should see, buy, and regularly watch this movie.

  2. Blumhouse produced this movie and it’s typical of what they do. They produce genre films, often on a low budget, and give their directors a lot of creative freedom, which can result in absolute crap sometimes and art other times. Their audience is a bit of a niche. Couple that niche audience with low budgets and their movies tend to make money. And some of their movies go big time – Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Get Out, Split, Glass, for example. The Hunt deserves a shot. It’s certainly got a timely theme of Americans alienated from each other and contemptuous of each other. At least rich white liberals are a target of satire in the movie, although my guess is not the only ones. And the director of the movie is no hack. I’d certainly see it.

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