Yesterday, I had a pretty rattling exchange on Facebook. (I know â€” a bad back-and-forth on Facebook?! Inconceivable!) The headline reading â€œHollywood Film Depicts Trump Supporters Being Hunted for Sport by Liberalsâ€ appeared in my feed, and immediately my â€œPeter Tingleâ€ kicked into overdrive. I went to Google and looked up â€œThe Hunt, 2019 filmâ€ as that was what this news article (not flagged by Facebook, mind you) was pertaining to. The official plot of The Hunt is as follows:
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Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They donâ€™t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosenâ€¦ for a very specific purpose â€¦ The Hunt. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of globalist elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elitesâ€™ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Huntersâ€™ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time OscarÂ® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.