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AICN Exclusive! DUCK HUNT Meets CUJO In Sam Balcomb's "The Hunt"!

Beaks here...

If you bought an Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, most likely your console came with two games: GYROMITE and DUCK HUNT. The latter required synchronization with a robot, and wasn't much fun; the former, however, simply asked players to point their "NES Zapper" at the screen and blast waterfowl for hours on end. This was fun - save for the hunting dog that'd pop up and snicker at you every time you missed your target. That was rage inducing.

Twenty-five years later, director Sam Balcomb and producer Joe Lynch have channeled this fury into a short called "The Hunt". It's part of Lynch's Epictober Film Festival for G4 Films, a series of shorts that infuse well-known video games with more disturbing, if not outright horrific elements. You'll get to see all three movies on G4tv.com next week (10/24, 10/25, 10/26), but for a taste of what's in store, check out the trailer for "The Hunt" right here!

 

 

 

According to Balcomb, the filmic inspiration for "The Hunt" was a combination of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King...

 

Joe Lynch approached me a couple months ago and asked if I'd like to shoot a horror-videogame mashup. The idea was to take very innocent games and spin them as horror concepts, the more bizarre the better. We brainstormed some pretty fucked up ideas, and settled on tackling Duck Hunt by way of Jaws, or Cujo. Everybody from my generation absolutely hated the asshole dog from the game, which laughed at you when you failed. And you couldn't kill it! So, you know, why not turn it into a murderous, flesh-hungry beast?

Pretty much everything was done in-camera. Aunt Dolly's Garage, who worked on the Hatchet films and Joe's Chillerama, did our gore and creature fx. Our poor actors got sprayed with blood and viscera while facing down a giant hunting dog, and managed to keep a straight face. Everything about the shoot was ridiculous in the best way possible.  

 

"The Hunt" will air October 24th on G4tv.com. It will be followed by "Kart Driver" on the 25th and "The Birds of Anger" on the 26th. Here's hoping this is an annual tradition, and that some maniac will transform URBAN CHAMPION into the erotic thriller it's always wanted to be.

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  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    :|

    by Mugato5150

    :|

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Rancor Hunt

    by nolan bautista

    from Lucasarts..

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    What's next? Sonic the hedge hog combined with Tetris?

    by XxSoulFlyxX

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Sigh...

    by Josh Katz

    So, does Beaks do anything on this site other than shill for projects capitalizing on '80s nostalgia? How does one pay the rent with such a limited (and infrequent) output?

  • Oct. 21, 2011, noon CST

    Angry Birds already satirized very well...

    by bass

    ...here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMltvlqEM54

  • Oct. 21, 2011, noon CST

    Oh yeah...NSFW language in above link.

    by bass

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I want to see Adventure

    by durhay

    after you get eaten by a dragon, that damn bat picks you up and flies over every scene.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I don't remember syncing Duck Hunt to a robot

    by bah

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Beaks - learn how to use "latter" and "former"

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    The proper usage of "former" and "latter" depends upon an understanding of the definitions of these words. former – (adjective) first-mentioned of two latter – (adjective) last-mentioned of two

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    You got your former and latter mixed up

    by triefy

    "If you bought an Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, most likely your console came with two games: GYROMITE and DUCK HUNT. The latter required synchronization with a robot, and wasn't much fun; the former, however, simply asked players to point their "NES Zapper" at the screen and blast waterfowl for hours on end. " GYROMITE would the former while DUCK HUNT would be the latter.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Well if there's anything good or intriguing . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    They're saving it for the film. And did anyone ever actually play Gyromite a SECOND time? You might recognize this comment from my posting it in the Paranormal Activity 3 review like a dumbass . . .

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Great! Just what we need. More short films...

    by Sick Fixx

    This sounded great until I found out it was just a short film. Just as I was disappointed to find out that Thanksgiving, Don't and Werewolf Women were just trailers for movies that don't exist. Just as I was disappointed to find out that Alien Repair Guy and The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon were just short films when they would make great full lengths. This too would have made a good full length. As a short film, I simply don't care.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Beaks - Former and Latter Explained

    by Choohoo

    Former - A person who shapes things or puts them into form. Latter - Something you climb up.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    IT'S REALLY EASY TO REMEMBER...

    by johnnyrandom

    "Latter" is spelled almost exactly the same as "later". Geddit? DUH!

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    so that's like the dog that laughs at you when you miss all the ducks

    by HornyForHarry

    but he's rabid. and those two guys are the duck hunters?

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Why not take on a real challenge?...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    And convert Kickle Cubicle, Mappy Land, or Bubble Bobble

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Wha? Hating Cujo?

    by Riff_Randell

    I love the asshole dog from Cujo! I was rooting for Cujo, actually. Dee Wallace as the mom pissed me off like there's no tomorrow. Too bad about the poor kid, though.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Not to be pedantic but ...

    by DrMorbius

    "If you bought an Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986 ... should be ... bought 'a' Nintendo ... Former and latter were already covered ... FYI

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Formal lather

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Um ... First?

    by TheUglyBaby

    You know the difference between FORMER and LATTER?

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Um ... First?

    by TheUglyBaby

    You know the difference between FORMER and LATTER?

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Um ... First?

    by TheUglyBaby

    You know the difference between FORMER and LATTER?

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    First?

    by TheUglyBaby

    You know the difference between FORMER and LATTER?

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Fucking lazy

    by KGB3317

    is what that first paragraph is

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Former/Latter

    by ZooTrain

    This is a problem. Don't make me read things two or three times to make sure I know what the fuck you're talking about. Let's try to have a rudimentary mastery of the English language if we're going to be writing for a major website.

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    I was going to mention former/latter

    by kesoze4

    But clearly that topic's now been mangled far worse than anything this movie might hope to show us. With only three victims, though, how bad can it be? You gotta have at least seven people in the hunting party so you can have a bad death every 10 minutes or so.

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