by Del Harvey
It’s open season on the unsuspecting in this chilling slice-of-death portrait of pathological bloodlust!
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Hunting Humans follows the exploits of one Aric Blue, on the surface a charming, handsome and successful mortgage lender. In truth he is a deadly serial killer whose compulsive surveillance of his victims goes undetected, until their violent demise. Aric’s world seems to be going according to his divine plan, until one night, when Aric finds his intended target already brutally slaughtered by another human hunter—with a note meant for Aric lying atop the intended victim. It is a twisted invitation to Aric to survive his own predatory sport, thrust suddenly into the role of “prey.” The competition between the two killers ignites a sick game of one-upmanship, triggering a maniacal killing spree that increases the thrill of the hunt to terrifying new levels.
Hunting Humans is a true indie picture. The camera is used to create a documentary style and it is often quote effective. The production values are obviously low budget, but that does not detract from the story. A lot of the actors are not used to being in front of the camera, but there is a certain charm to that.
The film won Best Screenplay at the 2002 DIY Film Festival in Hollywood, California and was described by the programming director as “a cold look into the mind of a serial killer that features a unique twist.” Hunting Humans features Maryland-local actors Rick Ganz, Bubby Lewis, Lisa Michele, and Trent. It was shot on 16mm film by Arizona Director Of Photography David Gil, and was written and directed by Kevin Kangas.
Released by MTI Home Video, Hunting Humans is not for everyone. But if you are a fan of the serial killer/slasher genre, it’s definitely worth checking out.
This DVD will be released on July 22, 2003. Look for it at your local video store.
Del Harvey is a writer and the founder of Film Monthly. He is a devout Chicago Bears fan, loves Grant Park in any season, and recently taught screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago.
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