Hunter Hunter

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Hunter Hunter Movie Poster Image
Brutal violence toward animals and humans in gory thriller.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie seems to be working with the "the hunter becomes the hunted" idea, but, aside from adding a few more flip-flops to it (with other hunters also becoming hunted), it doesn't go very far with the concept. It also brings up themes about people trying to be at one with, or control, nature, but, again, doesn't go very far.

Positive Role Models

The characters are stubborn and often foolish. A woman takes charge of her own destiny toward the end, but her choice involves quite a bit of shocking brutality.

Violence

Gory dead bodies; one female body is tied to a tree. Severed human arm. Gory remains of animals in traps. Dead humans. Dead dog. Dead baby deer. Dead bear. Character snaps a rabbit's neck offscreen. Guns and shooting. Woman torturing man, slicing face and flesh from his body. Person with gory wounds. Person scoops up roadkill/guts with shovel. Character licks blood from a blade. Character catches limbs in animal snap-traps. Strangling. Twelve-year-old girl handles her own rifle. Scary wolf. Screaming and panic.

Sex

Non-sexual nudity: Naked breasts on female corpse.

Language

Uses of "s--t," "son of a bitch," and "damn," plus "Jesus" and "Jesus Christ."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hunter Hunter is a thriller about a family living off the grid in the woods that must contend with a killer wolf. It's tightly constructed and often tense, but it ultimately has very little point and has frequent harm to animals and heavy gore. Expect to see dead bodies, gory remains, severed body parts (both human and animal), a woman's corpse tied to a tree, a woman torturing a man, guns and shooting, a 12-year-old girl handling her own gun, a character caught in animal traps, and much more. A female corpse is shown topless. Language includes a few uses of "s--t," "son of a bitch," and "damn," as well as "Jesus Christ." A character smokes cigarettes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJ_Dog November 18, 2021

Lots of animals died to make this bad film a reality

This film has no redeeming characteristics from beginning to end. The plot and characters are slasher-movie quality, with no positive role models. Many animals... Continue reading
Adult Written bylilyvalley April 15, 2021

Absolutely bad.

Absolutely do not watch this with your kids or teens or friends or anyone. Don’t watch it at all. No positive role models or storylines whatsoever. Extremely gr... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTkili October 18, 2021
Teen, 13 years old Written byXx_Kanao_Tsuyuri_xX April 14, 2021

OMG

i love hunter x hunter the aninem!!!!!!

What's the story?

In HUNTER HUNTER, Mersault (Devon Sawa); his partner, Anne (Camille Sullivan); and their 12-year-old daughter, Renee (Summer H. Howell), live off the grid in Manitoba in 1990, hunting and selling furs to survive. Mersault becomes worried when he finds the remains of a raccoon in one of his traps: Something tore it out and ate it. He goes hunting for what he thinks is the culprit, a killer wolf. He finds a campsite full of dead bodies and more gory remains in traps. Meanwhile, Anne and Renee try to defend their home against wolf attacks while their food supply runs low. Then a wounded stranger (Nick Stahl) appears.

Is it any good?

Undeniably well-made and brutally effective, this gory thriller soon becomes sour and ugly due to its ruthless depiction of violence toward animals; it also ultimately lacks a real point or theme. Hunter Hunter is neatly constructed to build dark tension, using sound design and an unknown lurking in the woods that could be anywhere, at any time. Certain elements are kept deliberately off-camera to increase the sense of uncertainty, and the various plot turns are a step above the run-of-the-mill. The title indicates the movie's attempted theme, that the hunter becomes the hunted, while the story's final half-hour offers a few more twists on an old chestnut.

But it really boils down to revenge, and the movie has little to say about the subject other than that it happens. It likewise has very little to say about why the story might be set in 1990, or what it means to "live off the grid." It might be a story about humanity's folly, about how people might unwisely consider themselves to be smarter than nature, but once that point is made, Hunter Hunter still goes on for a while longer. The final nail in the coffin is the constant depiction of animal-killing, plus dead, dying, and mutilated animals. That might not bother everyone, but the movie's cruelty also extends to humans. It's a lot to ask.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Hunter Hunter's violence. How did it make you feel? How much blood and gore is shown, and how much violence is just suggested? How does that affect its impact?

  • What does "living off the grid" mean? How difficult do you think it would be to live off the land?

  • What happens when humans try to control nature -- or show their superiority to nature? Does this theme make for interesting stories?

  • Why do you think the idea of revenge appeals to people? What are the main flaws with revenge?

  • How did you feel about the movie's treatment of animals?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love scares

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate