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Hunting is one of the most thrilling things anyone can do. The chase, the kill, the sweet taste of victory (or venison) – it’s what any blue-blooded man lives for. And when it comes to capturing the thrills and excitement of hunting, no one does it better than Hollywood. So if you’re looking to keep the rush going once the hunt is over, or, a little inspiration for your next big game, hunt down these Hollywood hunting classics.
The Most Dangerous Game
This 1932 classic adapted from Richard Connell’s short story of the same name is a must-see for any hunter with a taste for the classics, as well as a sense of nostalgia.
Could there be a more appropriately named movie for the hunting fanatic? This 1961 classic starring The Brady Bunch’s, Richard Reed, is a highly enjoyable film for a Sunday evening after the big hunt.
First Blood with John Rambo should be first on your list. Sylvester Stallone plays a Vietnam Vet forced to get very violent in this 1982 classic.
In real life, even the fiercest of game is of this planet. But in the 1987 thriller featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger facing off against an alien that makes the most dangerous game on earth, look like a Sunday school picnic.
The Running Man
Schwarzenegger must have been a very busy man in 1987, running around making both The Predator, and, The Running Man. In this film, Arnold goes from being the hunter, to the hunted. A situation you’ll likely never face in your backwoods hunts.
This cult classic by Craig R. Baxley, an evil alien hunter (Matthias Hues), comes to earth to hunt humans for their adrenaline so he can make a drug that can be used back on his home planet. This film’s got an interesting concept, that’s even more exciting to watch.
When was the last time you roundhouse kicked a deer in the face? Never, of course. But in this 1993 John Woo classic featuring martial arts master, Jean-Claude Van Damme, you’ll see a ton of crazy kicks and spinning fist punches to those that think they’re gonna hunt him down.
A low budget with a quality concept, in this 1997 film, mob boss (Ice-T) becomes disappointed in all the assassins that failed him, thus, pits them against each other in a massive kill-or-be-killed tournament.
This movie released back in 2000 is said to be the film that influenced The Hunger Games. The premise is almost the same: dystopian future, a bunch of unwilling teenagers sent to an island where they’re ordered to kill one another. And who ever said you can’t learn anything (like a couple of hunting techniques) from kids?
When it comes to humans-hunting-humans, no film is more graphic, and thrilling than 2013’s Riddick, starring Vin Diesel. Vin plays a bounty hunter on a seemingly uninhabited planet, and is put to the test when he find that bounty-hunters are also there – to kill him!