Hunter Hunter review: Captain Fantastic meets Martyrs

So, tonight was my second time viewing Hunter Hunter. I thought it would be a good time to get a review written while it is still fresh in my mind.

Hunter Hunter tells the story of a family; a mother, father and young daughter that have decided to cut themselves off from the world. We never really find out their reasoning as to why they’ve decided to leave modern society behind for a life of solitude in the woods.

They spend their days hunting animals for food, removing their coats and selling the fur to someone in the nearest local town. But it ain’t just this family of three that’s in the woods, they’re also being stalked by a large, deadly wolf.

This ain’t a werewolf movie though, in fact, we don’t get to see much of the wolf. But when we do, I did find it to be a bit CGI-ish. But that should not put you off Hunter Hunter, this film goes all the way to bleakvile. I have compared it to my favourite horror film of all time which is Martyrs. Why?…well, I am not going to tell you. This, you gotta witness with your own eyes…and trust me, it will shock you.

The film is wonderfully shot and directed with a very minimal, yet powerful cast. When the first reveal happens, it never really lets up. The viewer is treated to shocking surprises all the way through, until the terrifying final act.

Hunter Hunter may not be for everyone. If I had to put it into a genre or sub-genre, then I would definitely call it Extreme Survival Horror. If that sounds like your cup of tea then you’re in for a nice little nasty surprise.

Directed and written by Shawn Linden (Nobody, The Good Lie). This looks to be Linden’s first feature in nearly 10-years. If this is the quality he is now putting out, I can’t wait to see what he brings us next.


As always, thanks for reading.

Review by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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