Monday 19 August 2019

Universal cancels release of satirical horror The Hunt amid mass shootings and criticism from Trump

Betty Gilpin in The Hunt
Betty Gilpin in The Hunt
Betty Gilpin in The Hunt
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Universal Pictures has cancelled the release of The Hunt, a satirical horror in which humans hunt other humans for sport.

The film was slated for release later this year, but has been pulled after a string of mass shootings in three different states and criticism from US President Donald Trump. The Hunt tells the story of 12 conservative Americans who awake in a clearing unaware that they are part of a grand set-up to be hunted by "liberal elites", with Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts and GLOW's Betty Gilpin leading the cast.

“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,” Universal said in a statement," a statement for the production company read.

"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."

President Trump didn't address the film by name, but said it would incite hatred and even further division, saying it was made to "inflame and cause chaos."

"Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!" he tweeted.

Betty Gilpin in The Hunt
Betty Gilpin in The Hunt

"They like to call themselves 'Elite,' but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos.

"They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!"

The trailer features consistent use of firearms and excessive violence in the wake of three mass shootings in Ohio, Texas and California, claiming 30 lives.

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