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Directed By
Craig Zobel
Screenplay By
Nick Cuse
Damon Lindelof
Emma Roberts
Justin Hartley
Hilary Swank
Glenn Howerton
Ike Barinholtz
Betty Gilpin
Amy Madigan
Darran Tiernan
Music By
Heather McIntosh
Blumhouse Productions
White Rabbit Productions
Distributed By
United States
Release Date
March 13, 2020 (United States)
June 22, 2020 (France)

The Hunt is a 2020 American action horror film directed by Craig Zobel. The cast of the film consists of Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Hilary Swank, Glenn Howerton, Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, and Amy Madigan.

The film was scheduled to be released in the United States on September 27, 2019 by Universal Pictures. On August 10, 2019, it was reported that the movie would not be released.[1]


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.


Cancelled release

During the weekend of August 3, 2019 after people were killed or wounded in an attack at a store in El Paso, TX and another shooting just over a half day later in Dayton, OH, ESPN pulled an ad for the movie that they had previously cleared for broadcast. However, AMC still broadcast an ad for the movie during the season premiere of The Preacher. Universal Pictures announced they would be re-evaluating the marketing of the movie and removed some broadcast and online advertisements.[2]

Following messages by U.S. President Donald Trump on August 9th where he did not specifically name The Hunt but described a film to be released as being made "in order to inflame and cause chaos"[3], Universal decided to cancel the release of the film.[1]. Even before the decision, the film drew criticism due to the timing of the film's then-upcoming release and the deaths of people in recent mass shootings.[4]


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