But in the remote whitetail woods of one fictitious West Virginia property, there’s something paranormally keeping the deer unscathed and hunters’ drawers freshly soiled.
Strap into your safety harness because “The Hunted” will scare you out of your treestand. Pre-order it now.
Based on actual events, Jake, played by Josh Stewart (Bane’s right-hand mercenary, Barsad, in “The Dark Knight Rises”) and best friend videographer, Tony (Skipp Sudduth), set off to tape a bowhunting pilot in the West Virginia backwoods with the hopes of securing their own TV series.
When an outfitter puts them on a previously un-hunted plot that’s home to a massive buck they’ve nicknamed “The Movie Star,” due to its sightings on trail cams only, the duo’s otherwise dream hunt turns into a nightmare expedition.
Shot with hand-held cameras and today’s ubiquitous hunting tool, the GoPro, every hunter will quickly recognize the filming tropes embedded in modern hunting shows as well as found footage movies like “The Blair Witch Project.” Accurately portraying the motions of an otherwise typical hunt, “The Hunted” cashes in on the natural fear of even the manliest hunters—the things that go bump in the dark.
For those of you who have heard a bobcat scream or a rabbit dying in the dark of morning, you’ll quickly remember the memorable feeling of hairs rising on the back of your neck when Jake and Tony learn they are hunting on land home to not only a B&C buck, but the vicious haunting of a troubled spirit.
The cleverness of “The Hunted” lies in it’s ability to make any hunting savvy viewer say, “Hey, this so looks familiar,” all the way down to the sleepy words shared between buddies in a UTV en route to the stands to the sponsor-heavy equipment of easily recognizable brands of industry leaders like BowTech Archery and Realtree.
For those with an imagination that gives traction to ghost stories, “The Hunted” will have you looking over your shoulder next time you gear up and head out into the pines. You might just say to yourself, “It won’t hurt to keep my headlamp on a little longer.” When your partner laughs and asks if you’ve by any chance seen “that” hunting horror movie, just keep glassing the horizon for the rising sun.
“The Hunted” will be available for purchase September 9 or you can pre-order the DVD now. For more details, visit the movie website.
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