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BOOM!  Talking to someone and then watching, rather unexpectedly, their head blowing up can be quite unsettling.  It happens repeatedly in American Hunt and, each and every time, the shock is not something you get used to.  This is a tough and a terrific film to sit through. The subject matter of hunting people for spare parts might be unsettling to some, but any fan of "The Most Dangerous Game" will be pleased by both the sociological and the psychological commentary that is created by the “sport” of hunting humans.

"American Hunt is both edgy and somewhat topical thanks to its implications on the harvesting of human parts - especially teeth"

From the director of Clowntergeist, and from the studio that brought you The Jurassic Games and Cannibal Farm, comes the most controversial horror release of 2019.  I’m not kidding around when I tell you that watching this teeth-hammering backwoods thriller is a tough affair.  The camera is graphic and so, too, are the kills as one set of brothers go to town on six friends invited on what they think is a weekend camping trip.  The joke is on them, though, as they will be given a whopping ten minutes to hide and then hunted down, one after the other, in a blood-soaked fashion. They will soon discover that there is no safe place to hide; the brothers know these woods too well. {googleads}

Levi (Taylor Novak) and Memphis (Brad Belemjin) are two sick and demented brothers.  They’ve obviously been at this hobby of theirs for a long time and, as we learn, it is damn profitable, too.  They suggest to friends and neighbors that they are in charge of a drug rehabilitation clinic, but the truth is far more disturbing and the brothers enjoy making their guests feel really uncomfortable.  Just don’t call it torture. There’s an obvious divide in how the brothers operate and causes some good fiction between the two characters as they enact their vengeance in some of the most gnarly ways possible.

From the opening moments of the movie (when the monkey mask comes out), to the very twisted end of American Hunt, there is a lot going on for our brains to work over.  This is by design as there are many layers to one aspect of the puzzle here.  Why are they doing this? The answer will give you chills. Especially when their new targets, actresses Lacy Hartselle and Allison Shrum, are so damn good at hiding.American Hunt

Not to be confused with The Hunt (which is not canceled by the executives at Blumhouse), American Hunt is both edgy and somewhat topical thanks to its implications on the harvesting of human parts - especially teeth.  The effects are goretastic and, with one splatterific moment after another, definitely feed the needs some audiences will have for blood.  It’s the intelligence in the movie (through the direction and the script) that gave me the greatest lift, though. Don’t go in expecting something you can completely wash your hands of.  This one swings for the fences . . . and the head.

Game on!  American Hunt beings December 3rd on DVD and Digital from High Octane Pictures.

4/5 stars

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American Hunt

MPAA Rating: unrated.
80 mins
: Aaron Mirtes
Aaron Mirtes
Lacy Hartselle, Allison Shrum, Taylor Novak
: Horror
Hunt or be Hunted.
Memorable Movie Quote: "We don't hunt duck, or turkey, or deer. We hunt people."
High Octane Pictures
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December 10, 2019
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Synopsis: A group of friends is torn apart when they become part of two human hunter’s sick game. The men give them ten minutes to hide, and then the real hunt begins.


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