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THE HUNT
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Reviewed by: Dave Murray

Directed by: Fritz Kiersch

Starring:
Joe Michael Burke
Cliff De Young
Robert Rusler

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
When survivalist Jack, his stepson Clint, and drunken cameraman Atticus Monroe go hunting on a protected reserve to film a STD hunting video, they realize that they are being hunted by creatures from beyond our world. Guess it's cattle mutilation and anal probes for these guys!
Is it good movie?
I happen to love fake documentary style movies, such as The Blair Witch Project or the excellently done The Last Broadcast. I also have a soft spot for woodsy hunting movies. This flick, however, never came together for me, and I damn near went on a hunting spree myself to cure the boredom.

The documentary angle worked to a point, and the concept was pretty cool, but the acting was so attrocious and the pacing so mind-numbingly slow that by the time the aliens showed up to eat people and such I was thinking "Thank God"! For what it was trying to be, there wasn't enough of the documentary footage in the film, and what was there was dry and boring. The character interactions were stock and cliched, and the Monroe character (played by Robert Rusler) annoyed me to the point of distraction.

However, the flick did have a few good points. Occasionally it would stray out of its Mini-DV look and provide some interesting visuals, but they were rare and not used effectively. As well, the aliens were alot cooler than I expected (given the apparent budget of the film) and were a nice bit of effects work. But even these two points could not save the rest of the movie, which lacked suspense or tension of any kind (a serious no-no in this genre). While occasionally spooky and mildly entertaining in places, I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy this movie.

It's clear director Fritz Kiersch (who also did the 1984 King stinker Children of the Corn, which isn't a selling point for this flick at all) did not bring his A-Game. If you're going to bill your movie as an exciting cross between Blair Witch and Predator, your movie should at least have equal doses of action and scares. All box copy claiming this movie is "shocking" and "horrific" and "alarmingly frightening" are laughably untrue, and fail to describe what goes down in this movie in any way. Well, unless they are describing quality.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen - 1.78:1.

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround).
The Extras
We get a corny Featurette called "The Hunt Chronicles", which continues to purport that this movie is a groundbreaking entry into the genre. Apparently, self delusion and a boring script equal "eerie" and "terrifying" in some people's eyes. We also get a Trailer for the movie.
Last Call
Dry and Boring in most places, with only a couple of small redeeming qualities, The Hunt turned out to be a forgetable straight to video blah-fest, which actually met the expectations I had for it once I found out who the director was. The acting was terrible throughout (it's pretty sad when the most compelling characters are Cliff De Young and the damn kid, and he's almost a mute!), the faux-documentary angle was never worked to its fullest, and the whole flick just dragged and dragged like a bloodless carcass through the damn woods. Unless you see it in the 99 cent bargain bin, skip it folks, it's just not worth the time.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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