By Geoff Hoppe
October 22, 2015 - 00:08
Directed by: John W. Holt
Produced by: Christopher Bower
Running Time: 11 minutes
Release Date: 2010
Halloween screams "low budget" more than any other major North American holiday. It can be expensive, sure, especially if you want to go all out. But on what other holiday can elbow grease and ingenuity constitute so much of your effort? Christmas? Nope. Thanksgiving? Turkeys ain't cheap. Nor is the time and effort spent to remove a square foot of pie-fat from your hinder. July 4th? Fireworks, and the attendant trips to the burn ward, can take a pretty penny out of your wallet. Valentine's? Candy suggestion hearts are cheap. Concert tickets, flowers, dinner, candy, jewelry, and soul-decaying regret, however, aren’t.
In this spirit, I've decided to take to the bounty that is youtube for my fright fix, because the dollars in my bank account are dying with the Swiss-train-schedule regularity of horny victims in a Reagan-era slasher in this Obama-era economy. Thus, here’s a review of “The Hunt,” an old 2010 found footage horror short film uploaded to youtube back in 2011.
Like I said. I’m strapped for cash.
It’s downhill from there. The rest of the movie sees a hunting party convene at the police station, then attempt to hunt down whatever monster’s in the woods. They’re predictably picked off. If the opening shows the kind of hook found footage can have, the rest of the film shows its weaknesses. The scene at the police station is forced. The hero, camera-in-hand, arrives and pans around for a few painfully obvious establishing shots. Watching this suggests the necessity of a framing device, and also suggests why good found footage tends to have more thorough framing than some-idiot-bought-a-video-camera. I recently mentioned that I think Rec, Blair Witch, and Last Broadcast are good found footage movies. To pat myself on the back, I’d like to note that all three have convincing framing devices: respectively, tv news crew, callow student filmmakers, and a self-absorbed documentarian.
Worth the time? Overall, I can’t recommend “The Hunt.” I admire the filmmaker and crew for trying, but the scares never materialize. This is a valiant effort, but the bulk of the film lacks the energy of its opening scene.
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