Movie Thrills for Friday the 13th

This Friday, March 13 spotlights a couple of fantasy films for lovers of horror and comic book fare: The Hunt and Vin Diesel’s latest vehicle, Bloodshot.

The Hunt, placing GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) diva Betty Gilpin in a leading role, is a suspense and horror movie for our times. In the backdrop of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the first time at a remote Manor House to hunt 12 everyday citizens for sport.

The victims don’t know where they are, or how they got there. And they also don’t know they’ve been chosen for a horrific hunt to the death.

Unfortunately for these elites, their scheme will have a major monkey wrench tossed into it. One of the hunted, Crystal (Gilpin), knows this dangerous game better than they do. One by one, Crystal disposes of her attackers, working her way to her ultimate target: the mysterious woman (portrayed by Oscar-winner Hilary Swank) who is the brains behind the horror.

Bloodshot, an action-packed thriller based on the Valiant Comics character, is the first installment in a projected movie series. The film stars Vin Diesel as Ray Garrison, an elite soldier killed in battle, but who is brought back to life by an advanced technology that gives him super-human strength and rapid healing (sounds suspiciously like a certain Canadian named Logan).

With his new abilities, he pursues the man who he believes killed his wife. But he soon learns that not everything he thinks is real can be trusted. In fact, can he even trust himself?

When this film was proposed, back in 2012, the producers had Jared Leto penciled in as the star, but Diesel took over when filming began in South Africa.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features.

Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).
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