Universal Halts ‘The Hunt’ Marketing Campaign In Light Of Multiple Mass Shootings

Universal is putting the breaks on their new movie “The Halt” in light of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Gilroy.

The movie poster for “The Hunt” says just about everything you need to know about the film. “WARNING: Hunting Season Open. Only designated people may be hunted at the manor.” The film involves 12 strangers who wake up in a clearing as pawns in a manhunt for sport.

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“Out of sensitivity to the attention on the country’s recent shooting tragedies, Universal Pictures and the filmmakers of ‘The Hunt’ have temporarily paused its marketing campaign and are reviewing materials as we move forward,” a studio rep said in a statement published by Deadline.

The publication reports there will be no television, digital or outdoor advertisements for “The Hunt”.

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On July 28, a mass shooting took the lives of four people — including the gunner — and caused 13 injuries at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. 22 people were killed and 24 were injured in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on August 3. In Dayton, Ohio, 10 were killed and 27 were injured on August 4.

“The Hunt” stars Ike Barinholtz, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, and Hilary Swank. The Blumhouse Productions film is scheduled to premiere Sept. 27.

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