There is something about banned films that immediately intrigues viewers. The latest banned movie to arrive on Netflix is the Craig Zobel-directed dark comedy, The Hunt. It is a satirical view of the current US political environment. Postponed for over more than a year, the movie finally saw the light of the day on Netflix.
The controversial film is about twelve strangers being chased by a group of elitists in a remote location. The strangers do not know what is going on but don’t have too long to ponder on that thought as they are being hunted mercilessly. However, the game is soon turned on its head when one of them, Crystal Betty, (Betty Gilpin), goes berserk. There is also a darker internet conspiracy in the background.
Why was the Netflix film pulled out from the theaters?
Universal Pictures was producing the film with a slated release in 2019. But the production company delayed the release and debated premiering it in the theaters in the wake of mass shootings in Ohio, El Paso, Dayton, and Texas. Ultimately they reached the decision to launch it on Netflix.
“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.
“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,” stated Universal.
Zobel was also worried that the content would lead to widespread controversy. The term used in the film, “deplorables” is directly linked to Hillary Clinton’s speech during the 2016 Donald Trump election.
Ever since its arrival, the film is receiving a positive response from subscribers.
— Shitbiscuits (@MancunianBee) February 7, 2022
— ben (@benmoore58) February 7, 2022
Okay this #TheHunt on Netflix is giving me Hunger games vibe
— Mrs David (@FionaOnonaku) February 8, 2022
Watched #TheHunt on netflix last night, really good film entertaining and thrilling at the same time and a good analogy for how ridiculous and dangerous woke and cancel culture really is, would recommend.
— NORMAL IS NOT A SIZE (@not_gary_riddle) February 8, 2022
Betty Gilpin, such a goddess.
I love her #THEHUNT
— O L A Y I N K A Jnr. (@Ladiesmayor2) February 8, 2022
Have you watched this banned film yet? If not, you can always stream it on Netflix. Once you do, do let us know if you liked the Betty Gilpin film or not in the comments below.