THE HUNT Review. [Netflix Watch Instantly]

Posted by Brian Knowles - September 17th 2009 @ 3:43 pm

Directed by Fritz Kiersch, 2006
Written by Fritz Kiersch, Danny Martin

Please bear with me, for this review is not like the others. Regardless, it is important for you to continue to reading, because in addition to pointing you in the direction of surprisingly good Instant Watch flicks, it is also my responsibility to sound the siren warning you to get the fuck in your basement or most interior room of your home and to not come out until I say so. THE HUNT is an example of when the latter is appropriate.

From the director of CHILDREN OF THE CORN comes a movie where two and a half men go into the woods for the purpose of filming an instructional hunting video (VHS of course) only to fail at killing any deer and instead discover aliens. Any marginally promising aspects to this storyline are quickly nullified by the first-person camerawork (I use the term “work” generously), horrid acting, and…uh…a complete disregard for the art of filmmaking.

Perhaps in an effort to appear original, THE HUNT takes place in 1999, even though it was made in 2006. It’s as if by claiming it took place the year THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was released these guys are somehow absolved of the crime of being seven years late to the first-person party. Somehow I managed to not be fooled by this tactic.

You could remove all of the vowels from the previous paragraph and it would still be more suspenseful and interesting than THE HUNT. The first seventy minutes consist of the exploration of the family dynamics between a man and his stepson, footage of the two practicing for the video, and the other character talking to the camera in a disturbed manner. Actually, a major point is made of this guy’s mental health issues despite the fact it is of no consequence to the story. To showcase his troubles we are treated to at least two monologues replete with gunplay and crying. He also yells at the kid and makes him cry a couple times, and if you pretend the kid is director Fritz Kiersch this abuse makes for the best part of the movie.

When the kid cries, which he does frequently, it is as if an adult is trying to mimic the sound of a small child weeping. Oddly enough, the adults are obviously completely conscious of every movement they make and every word they speak, and as a result appear infantile. Be warned though, if you are imagining a movie where the adults all intentionally act like babies, the pictures in your head are infinitely more entertaining than THE HUNT.

In addition to casting the finest thespians urine can buy, the filmmaker’s utmost concern for excellence and accuracy is evident in every detail throughout. For example, the date and time stamp (accompanied by typewriter sound effects, of course) utilized at the beginning of every scene frequently contradict the events actually occurring on the screen. At one point the time stamp indicates the time is 7:00 AM two seconds before a character mentions it is 6:30 AM.

The final twenty minutes are almost watchable, but still lack any sort of suspense. Scenes that should be action-packed and tense are derailed by more and more talking. Why so many makers of low budget horror films decide it is best to compose their films primarily of badly written dialog performed by awful actors, I will never understand. But based on the self-serious tone of THE HUNT, I have a suspicion the dialogue is a sad attempt at character development. As a public service I would submit that if, as a director, you are working with a terrible script and laughably bad actors, you should not attempt to develop any of the “characters.” For these are not characters, but liabilities.

To really put an exclamation point on the whole ordeal, the closing credits have the gall to claim THE HUNT is based on a true story, and the first-person footage is a direct recreation of the real video. That may be extraordinarily insulting, but it’s not nearly as offensive as the preceding ninety minutes.

You can come out now.

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  1. adam charles
    September 17th, 2009 | 4:18 pm | #1

    soooooo….better than CHILDREN OF THE CORN??

  2. September 18th, 2009 | 6:56 am | #2

    I haven’t seen CHILDREN OF THE CORN in a long time, but I would say if you are forced to choose between the two…choose death.

  3. adam charles
    September 18th, 2009 | 9:08 am | #3

    ahhhhh. Okay. So DEADGIRL then.

  4. September 18th, 2009 | 7:43 pm | #4

    You know I wasn’t planning on seeing this film anyway but your review was as entertaining as it was cautionary.

    Great blog as always.

  5. September 20th, 2009 | 9:20 pm | #5

    Al, I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Peter gets credit for the HND being great though.

  6. September 20th, 2009 | 9:20 pm | #6

    that should read “all the credit”

  7. magnum
    September 28th, 2009 | 5:53 pm | #7

    bk, great review. . .

  8. Joey
    March 13th, 2013 | 8:18 pm | #8

    I actually really enjoyed this movie

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