Monster Hunter Release Date Moved Up (Again) To Dec. 18

In one last gasp of theatrical release musical chairs for the year, Monster Hunter will prowl U.S. cinemas a bit earlier than expected.

The film–written, directed and produced by Paul W.S. Anderson–will hit American theaters Dec. 18 instead of the previously announced Christmas Day debut, according to This announcement comes fast on the backlash the movie experienced in China–over a perceived racist joke scene–but there seems to be no obvious connection between the two events.

Monster Hunter from Sony Pictures–which stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Tip Harris, Meagan Good and Diego Boneta–is based on the popular Capcom video game franchise of the same name.

The storyline follows an elite military force–led by Capt. Natalie Artemis (Jovovich)–as it falls through a portal into a world populated by huge monsters. In this dangerous world, they meet up with The Hunter (Jaa)–one of many skilled warriors who fight the monsters–who helps them survive as they try to return home.

Anderson made his name in the horror genre with such video game-to-movie hits as Mortal Kombat (1995) and the Resident Evil series (2002-2016).

Keep reading Horror News Network for any other unexpected updates in the continuing saga of Monster Hunter.

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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