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The Wild Hunt

3.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Sometimes fiction can be more dangerous than reality.
 
When Erik s girlfriend leaves him for another man a man entrenched in the world of live action role play he has no choice but to pack up and follow her, plunging himself into a strange and disorienting world where people take their medieval costumes and rules of play deadly serious. As Erik stumbles through this world, rules are broken, jealousies inflamed, and the game turns frighteningly real. With THE WILD HUNT director Alexandre Franchi accomplishes the near impossible, crafting a dark and twisting thriller set entirely in the world of LARPing. Shot on location in an actual Quebec village built specifically for Live Action Role Play (LARP), THE WILD HUNT blurs the line between fantasy and reality.

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  • Actors: Ricky Mabe, Trevor Hayes
  • Directors: Alexandre Franchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SEUJIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 23, 2011
Format: DVD
Honestly, my expectations when approaching "The Wild Hunt" were fairly minimal. Even though this feature played very well at the edgier film festivals, something about the DVD's marketing made me believe that the movie might devolve into a rather pedestrian horror film after setting up its intriguing premise and setting. However, that didn't happen. The movie retained its integrity by remaining a psychological thriller where ordinary people are pushed into extreme circumstances. Whether or not you understand and appreciate the realm of Live Action Role Playing, it certainly makes for an undeniably interesting and dramatic atmosphere. Most entertainment that has featured the LARP phenomenon (Role Models, for example) have done so for comic affect. "The Wild Hunt," however, inserts the viewer right into the heart of such a game--revealing both its inherent silliness and its romantic allure. But when can fantasy go too far? This is the question that haunts the central characters of the movie as a game spirals out of control.

The story charts the progression of Erik. When his aloof girlfriend starts to become more distant, he attempts to reinvigorate their bond. But she has been caught up with a new man in the fantasy world of weekend game play. Following her to a big tournament (in which his brother plays a prominent role), he soon finds himself an unwitting part of the game. His only hope to communicate with her soon becomes a love quest as he assumes the role of a Viking hero. Real feelings, jealousy, and pride soon infect the fantasy realm and quitting the game isn't as easy as it would seem. In fact, as tensions rise, a real danger starts to bubble to the surface. But how will it manifest itself? And who, if anyone, will remain immune to the escalating tension?
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The Wild Hunt is an unwatchable, fragmented, but well-intentioned disaster. I think this one of those film treatments that looked good on paper, but in the hands of a poor director, was quickly translated into a train wreck of a microbudget c-movie. It's as simple as that. It's much like the DVD cover artwork - it's intended to be scary and interesting, but actually just looks like a silly, underfed deer in a fur coat. again - a good idea, poorly executed.
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When I read the premise of this movie, as well as the outline, it all sounded rather silly and undoable. I was wrong. Could this have been done better? Probably. Given greater resources, it would have picked up a smoother sheen and probably a bit better scripting. But, given everything, this is a remarkable effort.

Here's the scoop. Erik is taking care of his deteriorating father. His girlfriend has left him to hook up with the king of a Live Action Role Playing ensemble. He heads to the roll playing compound to win her back. They are in the midst of a game which stretches out over days. Eric's brother, Bjorn, (who has abandoned Erik in regard to father care responsibilities) is also a role player. Together they try to make all things right.

This movie is amazing in its own right. As others have mentioned, a large amount of respect is paid to the players. They retreat to this world and give it everything they've got while involved. They are organized. They have a well built compound for the games. They have walkie-talkies for communication. They have referees and judges if something needs to be ruled upon. And they party hard when the day's games have finished. The film makers, though, do juxtapose them to the real world and don't shy away from showing that there is a certain amount of silliness to it all. You see this duality in the girlfriend, Lyn, (played by a very fetching Kaniehtiio Horn) who is at once drawn to the splendor and magnificence of it all, but put off when the fantasy is played too strongly. There are hints as to where all this is headed. You have two men in two worlds both vying for the same woman. Something has to give and it does so in brutal fashion. Things do escalate and things do get out of hand. The climax is both sad and horrifying.
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Erik chases after his girlfriend who has left him to live in a fantasy Live Action Role Play community. A stranger in a very strange land, Erik stumbles and has to partner with his estranged brother Bjorn, who has no life outside the game, and various players and referees (including a "Mexican Viking"). Yes, it's a quest. Along the way, Erik learns the ways of this new realm, rescues the girl, and reconciles with both his brother and his girlfriend. The game brought them together, but some people are sore losers.

In some ways, The Wild Hunt resembles The Wicker Man (the original, mind you): the main character slowly descends from the modern, rationalist world into the pre-modern, mythic world.

This is a low budget production, reportedly half a million dollars, and sometimes it shows, but that actually fits the story and the premise. Human imagination is so powerful that costumes cobbled together from thrift stores and foam-and-duct-tape swords can be create an entirely alternate reality, one where we can believe in heroes and villains and true love.

Just as The Lord of the Rings ends with the departure of the elves from Middle Earth, the loss of their grace, this story ends with the breaking of the law that made this strange and beautiful place possible. It is quite literally the end of _a_ world, and pack an unexpected punch.
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