A new violent thriller film from Universal Pictures is drawing controversy this week for a plot that centers around elite liberals killing pro-life advocates and conservatives for sport.
The Hollywood Reporter describes “The Hunt” as a satire, but the violence and political aspects of the film, especially in the wake of several mass shootings, have raised a lot of concerns.
This week, several ads for the film were pulled, and the studio said it is re-evaluating its promotional strategy, according to the report. However, the report indicates that Hollywood still plans to release the film on Sept. 27 in theaters.
The original title of the film was “Red State Vs. Blue State,” a clear indication of its political theme. Actors include Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank. It is rated R.
Here’s more from the report:
“Did anyone see what our ratf——in-chief just did?” one character asks early in the screenplay … Another responds: “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.” …
The violent, R-rated film from producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse follows a dozen MAGA types who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals.
Pro-life advocates (described as “anti-choice”) are among the liberal elitists’ targets. As the report describes:
The script for The Hunt features the red-state characters wearing trucker hats and cowboy shirts, with one bragging about owning seven guns because it’s his constitutional right. The blue-state characters — some equally adept with firearms — explain that they picked their targets because they expressed anti-choice positions or used the N-word on Twitter.
The on-going violence in America, including mass shootings and escalating violence against pro-life advocates and conservatives, has people concerned about the film.
Fox News contributor Todd Starnes said “The Hunt” is edging too close to reality, writing:
The truth is that “deplorables” have been hunted by the leftists for quite some time now. I’ve lost count of the number of times Trump supporters have been bullied and badgered and beaten because they want to make America great again.
Just the other day, an unruly mob showed up at Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home in Louisville, Kentucky. One of the protesters wished that someone would “just stab the motherf***er in the heart.”
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LifeNews has documented dozens of incidents of vandalism, threats and violence against pro-lifers this year. These include physical assaults that led to hospitalization and arson on a college campus.
Conservative commentator Guy Benson said he supports free speech and would not ban the movie, but it is coming out at a “pretty raw” time for Americans.
“We had dozens of people shot, many of them killed over the last couple days, last weekend,” he told Fox News. “To have a movie, even though it is satire, that depicts Americans hunting and killing Americans, I think that’s not an image that people want to see at the moment.”