Human hunting

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Human hunting is an urban legend, where certain people hunt and kill humans for the purpose of pleasure, entertainment, or sustenance. Some science fiction writers depicted fictional future or alternate history tyrannical regimes where the hunting of humans for sport is institutionalised (see The Sound of His Horn).

Literature and written fiction[edit]


Numerous films have used the theme of human hunting as the basis or as a feature of their plot. The first film to ever feature it was the 1932 film The Most Dangerous Game, which is based on the Richard Edward Connell short story of the same name. Other films that deal with human hunting are:


  • American Dad (2007) - In Season 3, Episode 1, "The Vacation Goo", The Smith family become castaways after getting separated from their cruise ship. They eventually wash up on an island and find themselves being hunted for sport by the rich people living there. After several harrowing days, the hunters find and shoot the entire family, at which point they realize the island is a theme park based on "The Most Dangerous Game" and the hunters were actually armed with paintball guns.[7]
  • Archer (2012) - In the episode "El Contador," a drug lord hunts Archer.
  • Bonanza (1965) - In the episode "The Far, Far Better Thing", "Little Joe" Cartwright is hunted by his former friend, Sharp Tongue.[8]
  • Bonanza (1973) - The final episode of the long-running western, titled "The Hunter" featured "Little" Joe Cartwright, played by Michael Landon, being hunted by a war-deranged ex-Army officer. The villain—who fancies himself as a hunter—steals Joe's supplies, water and wagon, then allows him to flee as his "prey," before later going after him to kill him. Joe is forced to rely on his wits and luck to defeat the villain.[9]
  • Challenge of the Superfriends (1978) - The episode "Revenge on Gorilla City" has several Superfriends members being hunted by members of the Legion of Doom with mind-controlled Gorillas.[10]
  • Charlie's Angels (1979) - In the episode "Angel Hunt", Kelly, Kris, and Tiffany are hunted.[11]
  • Cold Case (2004 and 2005) - The character of George Marks, played by John Billingsley in the episodes “Mind Hunters” (2004) [12] and “The Woods” (2005),[13] is shown hunting his victims in forests, much like the real-life serial killer Robert Hansen.
  • Combat! (1964) - The episode "The Hunter" features a German officer, a hunter in civilian life, who hunts the unarmed Sgt. Saunders.[14]
  • Community (2010) - In Season 2, Episode 2 "Accounting for Lawyers", Pierce tells the group that there is an island in Indonesia where you can hunt humans.[15]
  • Criminal Minds (2007) - The episode Open Season revolves around two brothers who kidnap people and release them in the Idaho wilderness and hunt them down with compound bows.[16]
  • The Critic (1994) - In the episode "Dial 'M' for Mother", in one of the running gags during the main credits, Jay's boss Duke calls him, inviting Jay to his ranch upon the news that Duke has received legal permission to hunt man. Jay is advised to bring "jogging shoes".[17]
  • CSI: Miami (2011) - In Season 9, Episode 16 "Hunting Ground", the CSI team discovers a club that hunts human prey.[18]
  • Dark Angel (2001) - In the episode "Pollo Loco", one of the characters hunts humans.[19]
  • Das Millionenspiel (1970) - a television movie version of Robert Sheckley's story The Prize of Peril in which the main character is hunted as part of a television reality show.[20]
  • Doctor Who (1976) - In the serial The Deadly Assassin the Doctor enters a virtual reality and is hunted by an assassin in a jungle environment.[21]
  • "Dogboys" (1998) - a television movie, is a prison drama in which a secret group of hunters hunts inmates.[22]
  • Dollhouse (2009) - The second episode of the first season, "The Target," sees main character Echo taken on a date by the client in the countryside, and then hunted by him.[23]
  • Futurama (2003) - During the episode "Spanish Fry,"[24] aliens abduct Fry and cut off this nose. The "human horn" is sold as an aphrodisiac because aliens confuse the nose with the male penis. Morbo the news monster states that human hunting is legal with a hunting license.
  • Get Smart (1966) - In the episode "Island of the Darned", Max and 99 are lured to a Caribbean island where they are hunted.[25]
  • Gilligan's Island (1967) - In the episode “The Hunter”, a deranged hunter comes to the island and tries to hunt down Gilligan.[26]
  • The Green Hornet (1966) - The episode "The Hunters and The Hunted" deals with a group of hunters who hunt criminals.[27]
  • Human Giant (2007) - In episode 106, “Kneel Before Zerg”, one sketch featured astronaut Cliff Tarpey (Rob Huebel) who created his own reality TV show called "Lunartics" in which he and two other astronauts capture people, hunt them down and kill them on the moon, for entertainment purposes.[28]
  • The Incredible Hulk (1979) - In the episode “The Snare”, David Banner is befriended by a rich man under false pretenses. Later, he is hunted until he hulks out and attacks his antagonist.[29]
  • I Spy (1968) - In the episode "The Name of the Game", Kelly and Scott are hunted.[30]
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (2008) - In the episode "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters", Mac and Dennis hunt Rickety Cricket.[31]
  • Johnny Bravo (2000) - In the episode “Virtual Johnny/Hold That Schmoe/Hunted”, the “Hunted” segment parodies Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game".[32]
  • Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) - The episode "The Hunt" deals with a sheriff who hunts escaped prisoners.[33]
  • Logan's Run (1977) - In the episode "Capture", Logan and Francis are hunted.[34]
  • Lone Star Hate (2008) - a documentary that examines a hate crime homicide where the victim had been hunted in the wilderness for some considerable time by his homophobic killers before being shot dead.[35]
  • Lost in Space (1967) - In the episode "Hunter's Moon", Professor John Robinson kills an alien hunter's prey, and the alien chooses to hunt Robinson instead.[36]
  • The Monkees (1967) - In the episode "Monkees Marooned", the Monkees are searching for treasure on an island and are hunted.[37]
  • Monsters vs. Aliens - In the episode "The Sorry Syndrome/Speak Not the Q Word", Sta'abi is offended by Susan's apologies to her, and hunts Susan as part of an alien ritual.[38]
  • The Outer Limits (1964) - In the episode "Fun and Games", a man and a woman are hunted by a male alien and female alien as part of a reality TV show for aliens.[39]
  • Parks and Recreation (2009) - In the episode "Citizen Knope," the perfurme magnate Dennis Feinstein advises Ben Wyatt to treat his servant "like you would some person in another country that you paid $25,000 to hunt." Ben indignantly asks what he's talking about, and he replies, "I'm talking about the best vacation of my life!"
  • Pumpkin Scissors (2006) - In the episode "War Relief Unit", the protagonists stop a viscount who used a prototype tank to hunt his subjects (and later the protagonists) for sport
  • Renegade (1994) - The episode "Thrill Kill" features convicts being hunted for fun/as target practice by novice/wannabe assassins.[40]
  • Savages (1974) - A television film based on the book Deathwatch by Robb White[41]
  • The Simpsons (2005) - The episode "Treehouse of Horror XVI" featured a section which also parodies Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game".[42]
  • Sliders (1996) - In the episode "Rules of the Game", the heroes are caught in a televised game in which killer androids hunt humans, and players are allowed to kill each other at a certain point in the game.[43]
  • Sliders (1998) - In the episode "The Dying Fields", half human, half Kromagg soldiers hunt humans.[44]
  • Star Trek (1966) - in the episode "The Squire of Gothos", Captain Kirk volunteers as human prey in a hunt to the powerful alien Trelane in exchange for sparing his ship.
  • Star Trek (1967) - in the episode "Arena", Captain Kirk is forced to fight an alien who hunts him.[45]
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) - In the episode "Captive Pursuit", an alien is being pursued by alien hunters.[46]
  • Star Trek: Voyager - The Hirogen, aliens who hunt humans and other sentient beings, appear in several episodes that deal with human/sentient hunting to various degrees, including "Hunters" (1998),[47] "Prey" (1998),[48] "The Killing Game" (1998),[49] "Tsunkatse" (2000),[50] and "Flesh and Blood" (2000).[51]
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars (2011) - In the episode "Padawan Lost", a Trandoshan captures Ahsoka and hunts her,[52] and in the episode "Wookiee Hunt", Chewbacca is also hunted.[53]
  • Supernatural (2006) - The season one episode "The Benders" portrays a family of inbreeders whose generational pastime is the hunting and killing of the random people they kidnap. It is notably one of only two episodes where brother detectives, Sam and Dean Winchester, actually confront human "monsters", rather than the "supernatural" boogeymen, the derived namesake of the show.[54]
  • Torchwood (2006) - The episode entitled "Countrycide" of the BBC science fiction series deals with a group of cannibals who hunt/trap travellers through their village on a traditional ten-year cycle.[55]
  • Xena: Warrior Princess (2001) - In the sixth season episode "Dangerous Prey", Xena and Varia are hunted by a madman who has been kidnapping and hunting Amazons for sport, in search of a challenge worthy of his skills as a hunter.[56]

Video games[edit]

  • Suikoden IV contains a back scenario where aristocrats from the Scarlet Moon empire engaged in a cruel hobby dubbed "human-hunting".
  • Digital Devil Saga 2 has an antagonistic group known as the Karma Society that hunts other humans for food.
  • Deer Avenger and its sequels revolve around a bipedal, talking deer which hunts humans, especially hunters, in order to avenge his fellow deer which have been hunted.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion includes a quest (titled "Caught in the Hunt") which revolves around the player becoming the target of a human hunt.
  • Hitman: Contracts contains a level where the protagonist must rescue the potential victim of a human hunt from an English manor.
  • Manhunt revolves around a fictitious convicted murderer, James Earl Cash, who is forced to hunt other convicts as part of a snuff film.
  • Smash TV is based on a fictional TV game show in which the main character is put in an arena to fight waves of clones for money and prizes.
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and Castlevania: Harmony of Despair there is an enemy called Lerajie which is described as an evil hunter who uses ricocheting bullets to attack and kill humans from afar.

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  1. ^ Lord Alconleigh uses bloodhounds to hunt his children across the Oxfordshire countryside