After The Murderous Shooting In El Paso, Universal Cancels The Release Of ‘The Hunt’

The release of this harsh satire of American society is very time-sensitive.

The Hunt was scheduled to be released in the United States on September 27, but following the controversy over recent shootings and statements by Donald Trump, Universal preferred to postpone the release of the film.

"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," said a statement from Universal Pictures posted to the film’s website

"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."

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With Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, this ultraviolent satire of the deep divide between the different American social classes shows wealthy elites hunting and slaughtering, through pure snobbery and class contempt, the poor in rural states - which are known as traditional bastions of the Republican Party (Wyoming, Mississippi, etc.).

Donald Trump took it to Twitter to criticize the movie, which makes his supporters look like victims of gratuitous violence - in a caricatured and deliberately exaggerated way:

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The controversy followed the two shootings that killed 31 people on Saturday, August 3, while the movie trailer, unveiled at the end of July, was characterized by numerous violent scenes:

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Directed by Craig Zobel (Alive) and written by Damon Lindelof, co-creator and scriptwriter of the TV-series Lost, The Hunt is an adaptation of Richard Connell's novel The most dangerous game, produced by Blumhouse Productions - the studio behind the most lucrative horror franchises in film in recent years (Get Out, American Nightmare).

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By Lucille Bion, published on 12/08/2019

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