Welcome to Trump Derangement Syndrome, Hollywood-style. The Hunt, hitting theaters next month, features liberal elites hunting prey selected from America’s basket of deplorables. That’s right, the movie’s plotline involves big-city, wealthy progressives hunting rural types, MAGA hat wearers, pro-life people and other evil racists.
However, Blum apparently doesn’t have the guts to overtly publicize the ideological angle of his latest shoot-’em-up opus. The trailers play up the gore, but play down the politics.
The official synopsis for the movie dodges the film’s politics as well.
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose … The Hunt. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a bunch of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.
Those who have screened the flick, though, have let Blum’s violence porn cat out of the bag.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
In the wake of a trio of deadly massacres, the studio is evaluating its strategy for the R-rated Blumhouse satire in which elites stalk “deplorables.”
“Did anyone see what our ratf*****-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. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”
In the aftermath of mass shootings within days of one another that shocked and traumatized the nation, Universal is re-evaluating its strategy for the certain-to-be-controversial satire. 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…
The script for The Hunt features the red-state characters wearing trucker hats and cowboy shirts, with one bragging about owning seven guns because it’s his constitutional right. The blue-state characters — some equally adept with firearms — explain that they picked their targets because they expressed anti-choice positions or used the N-word on Twitter. “War is war,” says one character after shoving a stiletto heel through the eye of a denim-clad hillbilly.
Satire? So-called progressives don’t do satire. This movie looks more like a deranged fantasy island.
In case the People of the Gun had any doubts, the radical left doesn’t hold you in high regard. And these are the same people who demand that you give up your guns. Because no civilian needs to own firearms. They’re apparently too hopelessly out of touch to see how this film’s message works against that argument.
We’ll see if the court of public opinion — in the form of empty theater seats — punts this flick quickly to video. Time will tell. For now anyway, this film helpfully puts the virulent hate they have for those with whom they disagree right there on the big screen for all to see. For as long as it lasts, anyway.