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HUNTED (2020)

Survival thriller finds Ève (Lucie Debay) meeting a guy (Arieh Worthalter) in a bar. He turns out to be a psychopath that, along with his reluctant assistant (Ciaran O’Brien), take Ève bound and gagged in the trunk of a car out to the woods for obviously insidious activities. The young woman escapes and is pursued by the two men.

Ho-hum flick is directed by Vincent Paronnaud from his script with Léa Pernollet. There is a slight supernatural element, as the wildlife in the area seem to be acting in Ève’s favor, but mostly it’s just this unnamed psycho pursuing her through the woods and abusing his accomplice and a couple of unlucky folks, along the way. It gets tiresome quickly, even at less than 90 minutes, as does the overacting. There is some effective violence and bloodshed, but is ultimately predictable as the pursued woman, of course, learns to fight back. There are some faint allusions to Little Red Riding Hood, but it is really just another flick about a woman being in the wrong place, at the wrong time and meeting the wrong creep. Now streaming on Shudder if you want to give it a go.

-MonsterZero NJ



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