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Violent Political Satire The Hunt Has Been Uncanceled, Just in Time for the Primaries

Did the outrage that caused it to get shelved also return? (Spoiler: It has not)

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Politically-themed murder flick The Hunt is back on the movie release calendar, this time with a trailer campaign that all but screams, "No really, the liberal elites are the villains, guys!"

A violent satire about rich people hunting average people for sport, The Hunt was originally scheduled for a release last September. But the advertisements were yanked after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, and the movie was subsequently subjected to a mass outrage campaign from conservatives—or at least the conservative pundit class.

Even though the initial trailer made it very clear that viewers are supposed to identify with and support the down-to-earth, working-class, likely conservative victims, some people, particularly vocal people at Fox News, were insistent that the movie glorified murdering them. Pundit outrage reached President Donald Trump's ears, and he even tweeted about it. So the movie was shelved.

But the movie has been rescheduled to hit theaters March 13, a little more than a week after America's ritual political primary slaughter known as "Super Tuesday." You may have seen advertisements for it online (perhaps sandwiched between 17 Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, and Tom Steyer ads).

Perhaps in an effort to dampen any potential outrage, the trailer for the movie has been recut to make it painfully obvious that the liberal urban lefties are the bad guys:

According to The New York Times, the movie itself has not been recut at all. It's exactly the same as it was before. They're just now making it clear in its ad campaign that this is an over-the-top satire of political and regional ideologies and clashes. Like South Park with real people. Or Get Out with less subtlety.

It was abundantly clear before, but now the trailer practically assaults the viewer with its themes. The new marketing campaign uses last year's controversy as a source of publicity, with movie posters quoting some of the juiciest outrage coupled with the tagline "The most talked about movie of the year is one that nobody's actually seen."

It's instructive that a week after Universal announced that The Hunt is back on the schedule, there's actually no outrage to speak of. It's almost as if the initial uproar was largely a performance, which would explain why Universal is comfortable using last year's uproar to get butts in seats.

The new poster is honestly pretty tame (a piglet), compared to the wild history of outrage-inducing slasher and horror film advertisements. We'll see if the strategy works. Unfortunately, it's too late to recut the film as a clash between Michael Bloomberg supporters and Bernie Sanders supporters.

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  1. The most unrealistic thing about this is expecting us to believe the liberal elites know how to use guns. But I guess having them do an accidental discharge into their femoral artery 5 minutes in would be a short film.

    1. Just hand them the weapon with the safety on. It would be a hour long of people looking confused trying to figure out how it works. The movie ends with them making cardboard signs in protest.

      1. Upper Class Twit of the Year competition…

    2. Oh they know how to use guns just fine. Its YOU they don’t want knowing how to use guns

      1. Or at least their paid minions would know how to use them. Bloomers security, etc.

        1. The typical commie strategy is to conscript other people’s children and make them do all the violence.

          1. Well what else is a proletariat for, if not to be conscripted to do your dirty work for you?

            1. In a pinch I believe they can also be used as fertilizer.

              1. I actually saw a leftist protester in a NY State government building recently, protesting I know not what, with a sign that read “compost the rich”.

              2. “Well what else is a proletariat for, if not to be conscripted to do your dirty work for you?”

                “In a pinch I believe they can also be used as fertilizer.”

                Well first one, then the other.

    3. The liberal elites own Purdey and Holland and Holland shotguns for dove shoots, they know how to use guns. The problem is that they think that’s the only proper use of a gun.

      1. Oh yes, dove shoots are a well known liberal elite sport.

        LOL

        1. Do you even bother to read your citations before posting them? Because once again your citation doesn’t prove your point. Theaters numbers continue to decrease. The US once the largest consumer of Hollywood now is number three. Most sales are aimed at the growing East Asian markets.

          1. Gee go figure that as wealth grows in the two largest populated countries and the middle class grows, the spend more disposable money on entertainment. In the US however, theater sales are down and theaters continue to close.

            1. The Golden Globe and Oscar continue to bleed viewership and polling indicates fewer and fewer people give a fuck what Hollywood says or does. So all indications is Hollywood continues their path to irrelevancy in the US. BTW fuck Reason, this was meant to be in reply to DOL several posts down.

    4. The most unrealistic thing about this is expecting us to believe the liberal elites know how to use guns.

      *pop*
      “What was that?”
      “I think it was a rifle.”
      *bullets start landing*

      Not 100% sure it’s how it appears in the movie with jump clip editing for previews but that’s the way it’s portrayed in the preview.

      It’s hard to imagine being that far up your own ass.

  2. Obviously the solution is to run a subtitle-like caption during the entire film: “DO NOT ATTEMPT”.

  3. Laughing about when those brain-diseased Facebook MAGA weirdos started filling their diapers over this shitty-looking Most Dangerous Game reboot.

    1. One of the most retarded “outrage!” programs ever launched. It did however make me recalculate my estimation of the gullibility of the American public to the point where I now understand why there are so many spambots infesting the internet – people really are stupider than you can possibly imagine.

    2. The only one filling their diapers over this is Mike Hihn.

      1. Speaking literally, I have no doubt that is true.

        1. Well, you are not literally speaking…

  4. Projection: : The attribution of one’s own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects; especially the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety.

    1. I’m going to the movie to watch persecuted deplorables turn the table and kill self appointed and elitist assholes who think they have the moral superiority to impose their beliefs upon others.

      Did I get the gist of what you’re saying all right?

      1. I was responding to Rhyader’s idiocy, but sure.

        1. My bad; didn’t look like a reply but I see it now.

          Rhayader, you’re an asshole.

          1. The progtarded dbag doesn’t grasp that all the ‘little People’ in ‘flyover country’ are fed up with their portrayal by a bunch of pampered, overpaid, dancing monkeys that would be the first men’s up against the wall of tunings turn to shit

            1. What are you saying here? Should no movies ever be made with lower middle class characters from the middle of the country?

              I can’t believe that people are still trying to excuse the freakout over this stupid-sounding movie.

              1. Are you high and drunk because he said literally none of what you took from that

                1. Yes, but I still think I addressed implications of his comment. Perhaps I made unreasonable assumptions about what he said. If so, I am sorry.

        2. So it wasn’t stupid to freak out over a movie based on a complete misconception of its premise?

          1. I think what stupid is your freak out about the freak out this is the third time in this thread you cried like a bitch about it

            1. No, this was the first time. Get with it, man.

  5. Perhaps in an effort to dampen any potential outrage, the trailer for the movie has been recut to make it painfully obvious that the liberal urban lefties are the bad guys

    I thought it was pretty obvious from the earlier trailers that I saw. Besides, even if the movie had the lefty hunters winning it wouldn’t be outrageous; it would just be an illustration of one of their fondest fantasies. They truly despise the rest of us.

    1. Who the good and the bad guys are is up to the viewer. What is tragedy to one person is revenge fantasy to another. And I have no doubt this is revenge fantasy to a certain type of Progressive.

      1. I suppose that is true to some extent. But movies (at least those made to appeal to the mass market) don’t tend to be too subtle about who is the good guy and the bad guy. The audience is pushed pretty hard in one direction or the other.

        I suspect most people will just see the movie as kind of dumb because it sounds pretty dumb.

    2. “They truly despise the rest of us.”

      Unlike the Trumpies wearing “Better Russian than Democrat” shirts, or the violent fantasies that are unloaded in these comments daily by shitlord and the rest of them?

  6. It was abundantly clear before, but now the trailer practically assaults the viewer with its themes.

    It better not give away any spoilers, but also it better signal to me whether I will like its politics or not.

  7. Yawn.
    Something else from Hollywood.
    I’ll pass.

    1. Your choice. Free country, more or less.

    2. Most people will. Other than comic book movies, particularly Marvel projects, Hollywood is in steep decline.

      1. Not true. Try getting one fact right, just once.

        https://www.statista.com/topics/964/film/

  8. >> It’s almost as if the initial uproar was largely a performance

    Well duh! The Right just wanted to get in on the outrage high the Left was tripping over. Problem is that the outrage high needs every more and more outrage and it couldn’t sustain itself outside of Ivy League campuses.

    1. Very much like drug tolerance.

    2. You don’t think a movie about people hunting and murdering a particular class of person isn’t in bad taste? Or at the very least, do you think it is wrong for the people who are part of the class being shown murdered to take issue with it?

      Suppose they made a movie about people hunting down and murdering black people or Jews. Could you blame black people or Jews from finding the movie offensive?

      I don’t see how people being offended by this is the problem.

      1. John, John……. don’t you understand? This movie is supposed to HELP mouth breathing red staters by showing them their place. We should all be grateful to our betters for showing us the way.

        Sorry, I couldn’t resist channeling Rev. Arty there for a minute.

        1. “mouth breathing red staters by showing them their place.”

          Killing the progressives attacking Americans?
          Works for me

      2. People being offended by it isn’t the problem. People insisting that it not be released because people are offended by it is the problem. People are free to be offended by whatever they are offended by. They just shouldn’t think that means that no one else should see the thing that offended them. The problem is the social trend toward censorship based on noisy internet assholes taking offense at things..

        1. You’re a noisy the internet asshole taking offense at their position and claiming it’s the problem in that post.

          Do you have ANY self awareness?

          1. Why do you think I have taken offense? You are such a fucking weirdo.

            Do you have ANY self awareness?

            It is always hilarious when you ask that question.

            1. A true Self Awarewolf

          2. What are you talking about? Can you read? Zeb made it clear that people can have opinions, get offended etc, but that media shouldn’t be censored because of it. How does your attack make any sense? Zeb didn’t say that people can’t express opinions; he just said don’t remove the product. You can’t seriously be so dumb that you couldn’t understand his post.

      3. > You don’t think a movie about people hunting and murdering a particular class of person isn’t in bad taste?

        Oh but I do! Which is why I probably will never watch it. But neither do I think it needs to be banned to please those of one or another political persuasion. Free speech still applies.

        The first amendment means jack shit if it only applies to inoffensive material of good taste.

      4. As I recall, both Django Unchained and Birth of a Nation were popular at the time of their release.

        That said, the conservative reaction last fall was quite a bit beyond “offended” or “take issue”.

        And that said? A movie where a drag queen and a butch lesbian teamed up to fight back against gay-bashers in 70s New York City is something I would probably watch. If it wasn’t a horror/slasher thing anyway (just not a genre I enjoy). Generally speaking, people like seeing protagonists they identify with rise up to defeat their oppressors.

        Which is probably why if you had actually paid attention to the conservative outrage last year, most of it ignored that the “hunted” were the protagonists.

  9. Looks like a fun movie, but why go to the movies when you can watch the real world socialists get violent for free?

    https://twitter.com/LPNational/status/1229626052839968769

    The bonus is that you get to then watch a supposed political party that pretends to care about women and children drop the mask and defined the socialists and their violence.

    The LP is a joke, it stands for nothing, not even women and children. Until it does take a stand it will continue to be a joke.

    1. “Whomever at LPN authorized this tweet needs to be put on a time out. Throwing objects and spitting at someone is not protected under the right of assembly nor is it speech. It is a violation of the NAP and in many jurisdictions it is assault and or battery”

    2. “Hmmm. Have to say, I’ve considered LP membership for some time now, but have held off, wondering about your stances. You’ve confirmed my worries.

      This is your response to that video, showing mobs of people in her face, spraying hot coffee on her?”

    3. “When someone propels a projectile at my private property, it impacts, & it causes cleanup costs, their rights have ended and my nose has begun. This is why i didn’t vote libertarian in 2016, when you had a chance of getting me. You don’t actually understand what liberty means.”

    4. “Registered libertarian since 1994. I think I’ll change that registration today. Throwing things at people is assault. It seems just like the ACLU you have bowed to the left. BTW f#$k you.”

    5. Wait, did anyone ever think that the LP was not a joke?

    6. All you guys do is consume outrage culture war BS and come here to bitch that a libertarian magazine isn’t part of the Trump cult.

      1. No we bitch because a “libertarian” magazine isn’t very fucking libertarian anymore.

        1. Some people do that. Often fairly. Others do what he said.

  10. The trailer’s been re-cut to make the out-of-touch liberal elites look bad because Bloomberg is an out-of-touch liberal elite.

    But, as noted, it’s the same movie.

  11. Sorry Shackford but this is not a satire. Not against a backdrop of progressives beating people in the streets, attempted assination at a ballgame and progressives attempting to murder volunteers for the RNC. Wanting to kill their political foes literally is the modern DNC and elitist liberals like yourself.

  12. I’m suuuure the elites were the villains in whatever cut was originally coming out. Just like Jigsaw is totes the bad guy in Saw.

    1. I haven’t watched the Saw movies, but I thought I was familiar with what they were about. Is there really an argument that Jigsaw isn’t the bad guy?

  13. I heard Ethan Suplee talking about this movie (he’s in it) and he was like “no, of course it’s not celebrating killing conservatives; the elites doing the killing are the bad guys, as they always are.” We need to stop being snowflakes.

  14. To he fair though, the knee jerk reaction isn’t surprising considering how rarely Hollywood makes anything were the good guys happen to be from the right or flyover country. The overreaction was reflexive and somewhat understandable. Not defending it, just pointing out that once burned twice shy.

    1. To he fair though, the knee jerk reaction isn’t surprising considering how rarely Hollywood makes anything were the good guys happen to be from the right or flyover country.

      The interesting thing is the longer view, IMO. At one point in fairly recent history, Hollywood could make movies with right-leaning heroes/left-leaning anti-heroes with politically-agnostic culturally relevant or fundamentally moral messaging. People like Eastwood, Schwarzenegger, Ventura, Reagan, etc.’s views might not have jived with mainstream Hollywood, but they were still able to find work and were respected for it. In the span of nearly less than a decade, Hollywood not only lost the ability to tolerate the right but also completely lost all ability to tell politically agnostic tales.

      1. Is it really that bad now? I haven’t seen many new movies in the past decade or so.

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