Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Hunter Hunter (2020)

Streaming Services: Hulu
Movie Name/Year: Hunter Hunter (2020)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 93 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Production/Distribution: Julijette, MarVista Entertainment, Particular Crowd, IFC Midnight, Scream Factory
Director: Shawn Linden
Writer: Shawn Linden
Actors: Camille Sullivan, Summer H. Howell, Devon Sawa, Nick Stahl, Gabriel Daniels, Lauren Cochrane, Jade Michael, Erik Athavale, Karl Thordarson, Blake Taylor, Sarah Constible
Blurb from IMDb: Joseph and his family live in the remote wilderness as fur trappers, but their tranquility is threatened when they think they are being hunted by the return of a rogue wolf, and Joseph leaves them behind to track it.

Selina’s Point of View:
Holy shit.
After watching Hunter Hunter, that was the only thing I could think to say for about an hour.
We were supposed to review this a while ago, but COVID intervened. As a result, the reviews are mostly out and I’ve heard a ton about Hunter Hunter: especially about how good it is. What I thought would be more of a general hunt story, seemed to be more – but no one ever spoiled anything for me.
I’m glad they didn’t, and I’m not going to either. That is, however, going to make explaining my feelings about it difficult.
Nothing about Hunter Hunter is typical. Everything from the character types to the settings, and twists, feels completely unique. The conclusion is something I might expect from a different culture, certainly not from a western-made flick. It caught me absolutely off-guard and left me with some haunting visuals that will probably live with me for my entire life.

I have never seen anything Shawn Linden (In Plain Sight, The Fixer, Doomsday Prophecy) has written or directed. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve heard of any of them. This film makes me want to go back and watch everything he’s had a hand in. It’s also going to make the titles he puts out in the future stand out to me.
Even before the reviews started coming out, I was interested in Hunter Hunter because I’m a huge fan of Devon Sawa (Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2, A Warden’s Ransom, Nikita). He definitely didn’t disappoint here, but the shining star of the flick was undoubtedly Camille Sullivan (Dead Rising: Endgame, The Unseen, The Man in the High Castle).
Whenever Sullivan had to portray fear, I felt it. There was never a moment in her performance where I questioned her choices. Never a moment where she let my eyes drift off the screen.
I didn’t feel time pass as I watched. I wish I could have seen it in theaters.
Hunter Hunter lives up to the hype. I’ll be recommending it to any horror fans I come across.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 94%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 68%
Metascore – 61/100
Metacritic User Score – 6.3/10
IMDB Score – 6.4/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 5/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R
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