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11th Aug 2019

Universal cancel release of controversial film The Hunt following US mass shootings

Jade Hayden

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“We understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

Universal Pictures has cancelled the release of controversial film The Hunt following multiple mass shootings in the US.

The movie, starring Hilary Swank and Emma Roberts, a satirical horror about a group of liberal “elites” who hunt conservatives for sport.

The film’s trailer, which appeared following shootings in Texas, Ohio, and California, features many scenes of violence, the use of firearms, and depictions of people being hunted akin to animals.

Universal confirmed that they were cancelling the release of the film this weekend.

“After thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film,” read their statement.

“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.”

Before this President Donald Trump criticised the film without mentioning it by name, claiming that the movie was made to “inflame and cause chaos.”

“Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!” he tweeted.

“They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos.

“They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!”

Universal apparently had considered pulling the film before Trump’s comments.

It is not yet known if the film will be released at a later date or appear on any streaming sites.

You can watch the trailer for The Hunt below:


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