Release of “The Hunt” Canceled In Wake Of Mass Shootings and Trump On Warpath

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You recall Trump’s Friday meltdown, both on the south lawn and on Twitter, over the “Anger and Hate” of Hollywood. Trump was literally in meltdown, he was pouring with sweat, sparking innuendo about everything from a drug reaction to a pre-cardiac event in progress. Be that as it may, the target of Trump’s angst has been definitely ascertained. It is a movie called “The Hunt” starring Betty Gilpin and Hillary Swank. It provoked this scathing denunciation from the *resident.

Universal announced Saturday morning that it was indefinitely postponing release of “The Hunt.” Deadline:

The studio released the following statement this morning: “While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.  We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

The Hunt follows 12 red-state strangers who wake up in a clearing and realize that they’re being hunted by liberals. Betty Gilpin and Oscar winner Hilary Swank play women on opposite sides of the political spectrum, conservative and liberal, who are targeting each other.  

This opus by Blumhouse Productions was originally entitled “Red State v. Blue State” an unimaginative and on-the-nose title, which reflects a script of precisely the same qualities. Here are a few lines, which I seriously doubt will go down in the same lexicon as, “This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.”

“Did anyone see what our ratfucker-in-chief just did?”

“At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”

Isn’t that scintillating? I was going to share the trailer with you, but it has been pulled from the internet, so you’ll have to take my word for it that the movie looks like gar-bage. My prediction is that “The Hunt” is going to end up in the same remainder bin at Blockbuster which “Assassination Nation” ended up in. It was also billed as a satire and “pitted the woke versus the unwoke in uber-violent fashion,”according to the Hollywood Reporter.  It did great at Sundance in 2018, and was in the top earning slot at $10 Million. But when it was released it earned $2 Million, with no international rollout. “We thought people would get the joke,” said one of the filmmakers. Well, they didn’t and they’re not going to get this joke either. Plus Fox News is up in arms with Todd Starnes calling the film  “a script straight from the DNC playbook. Remember when Maxine Waters said confront people at stores and gas stations? One of the first scenes in the movie involves a murder at a gas station.” There’s a culture war in progress for real, and this movie is just flat out dumb and not helping any cause — including, for now, the pocketbooks of the filmmakers.

 

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I got the joke and AN was awesome.