The Hunt: Death Threats, Poor Audience Reaction Contributed to Cancellation

Earlier this month, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions canceled The Hunt, an R-rated horror film, in the wake of mass shootings and President Donald Trump's condemnation of Hollywood and seemingly that picture. However, a new report indicates there's more to the story that contributed to the movie's cancellation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, some members of the The Hunt's test audiences were uncomfortable with the politics of the film. Although the studio was not yet ready to pull the film, three mass shootings in a short period of time changed that. Universal executives and the team behind The Hunt started receiving death threats. By the time the movie was pulled, even Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum was onboard to shelve the project.

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The synopsis for The Hunt can be found below:

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. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a bunch of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.

Written by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse and directed by Craig Zobel, The Hunt stars Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Amy Madigan, Hilary Swank and Ethan Suplee. The movie does not have a new release date at this time.

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