Written by: Michael Clouse
The recent cancelation of The Hunt movie following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio sent shockwaves through Hollywood, with the move sparking dialogue on both sides. Proponents of the cancelation said the plot was too graphic and encouraged public shootings, while film creators questioned where the line was for freedom of vision.
One current movie that follows a similar parallel to The Hunt is Ready or Not, which just came out in theaters.
“It concerned us, but uh it didn’t,” Ready or Not Co-Director Tyler Gillett told Popcorn Talk Network. “We didn’t have concern for the release of our movie. Umm I think that our concerns were…more about what that what that says about where we’re at culturally and and politically.”
Ready or Not follows a woman who marries the man of her dreams, but must hide from midnight until dawn while her in-laws hunt her down with various weapons.
Gillett believes for any movie, the audience should have the final say on what is appropriate.
“That something can be made uh and that no one can see it and that we can all somehow culturally have an opinion about about that…before we’ve had a chance to actually weigh in and understand what, uh, what kind of conversation that that piece of art is is trying to have.”
President Trump didn’t take kindly to The Hunt’s art. Following the shootings, he tweeted, “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves Elite, but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos.”
A few days later, Universal, who had already paused the movie’s promotion, pulled the film from its theatrical release.
“That’s a bit of a slippery slope like if you’re gonna, if you’re gonna, if you’re gonna pull a movie out of theaters for um, for for whatever reason,” said Gillett. “I have to believe there’s probably some- something of value in that project and it’s unfortunate that um, that we don’t get um, get to have that conversation.”
Ready or Not was released on August 21st, 2019. The movie has made over $21 million dollars in the United States, and another $9 million internationally.