The Hunted (2013 film)

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The Hunted
The Hunted 2013 film poster.jpg
Directed by Josh Stewart
Written by Josh Stewart
Starring Josh Stewart
Skipp Sudduth
Katherine Von Till
Music by Walter Werzowa
Cinematography Gilbert Salas
Edited by William Yeh
Production
company
Fortress Features
Allegheny Image Factory
Distributed by Entertainment One[1]
Release date
  • October 10, 2013 (2013-10-10) (Screamfest)
  • September 9, 2014 (2014-09-09) (DVD)
Running time
89 minutes

The Hunted is a 2013 found footage thriller film and the directorial debut of American actor Josh Stewart.[2] Stewart stars in the film and also penned its script. The Hunted had its world premiere on October 10, 2013 at Screamfest and will be released onto home video on September 9, 2014. The movie casts Stewart along with Ronnie Gene Blevins as two hunters that find themselves becoming quarry for an unknown enemy.

Synopsis[edit]

Hoping for fame, Jake (Josh Stewart) and Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) have decided to film a pilot for a hunting show deep in a secluded forest. They've set their eyes on a large, impressive buck nicknamed "Movie Star", which Jake believes will ensure that their show will get picked up for distribution. Failing at this task is not an option, so Jake goes to lengths to ensure that nothing will spoil their hunt or ruin the footage. Despite this, things do not go according to plan and the duo finds that their dreams of stardom are easily waylaid by malfunctioning equipment, strange occurrences, and the pervasive feeling that they're truly not welcome in the forest. As the hunt progresses, Stevie begins to suspect that something more sinister is at play.

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

Stewart was first inspired to create The Hunted after having an unnerving experience during a hunting trip in West Virginia.[3] While developing the characters of Jake and Stevie, Stewart tried to make them likable as he felt that hunters in film were "always made out to be the idiots or the rednecks".[4] This clashed with his own perception of what hunters are like, as he hunted frequently while he was growing up.[4] Stewart also tried to give Stevie and Jake reasons to continue filming while undergoing stress during the course of the film, as most people would not continue to film under extreme circumstances.[4] He chose to make Stevie a news cameraman, as Stewart saw them as being more likely to continue filming while under duress, as their job is "to shoot the story no matter what the story is", which he thought would be more believable.[4]

Reception[edit]

Shock Till You Drop gave The Hunted a favorable review, praising the movie's sound and commending Stewart for creating characters that they found likable.[5] Fearnet was somewhat more divided in their review, writing that "The Hunted has a decent story, a creepy setting, and some solid actors but there's simply no escaping how familiar this "found footage" forest feels by now."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barton, Steve. "AFM 2013: eOne Entertainment Takes Home The Hunted Just in Time for the April Apocalypse". Dread Central. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ "'Collector' and 'Collection' Star Directs 'The Hunted'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  3. ^ Decker, Sean. "Screamfest LA 2013 Exclusive: Filmmaker Josh Stewart Talks the LA Premiere of The Hunted". Dread Central. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Topel, Fred. "Screamfest 2013: Josh Stewart on The Hunted & Transcendence". Crave Online. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  5. ^ Jimenez, Christopher. "Review: Screams of The Hunted May Keep You Up At Night". STYD. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  6. ^ Weinberg, Scott. "FEARnet Movie Review: 'The Hunted'". Fearnet (archive). Archived from the original on November 19, 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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