20 films about hunting people

This is not a compilation about aliens, resurrected dead or unbalanced maniacs. In these thrillers, rich businessmen play survival games, sparing no expense for diabolical entertainment. Blood sport brings pleasure and a sense of self-worth, but not all victims are ready to put up with an unenviable fate. In many of the best manhunting films, the stalkers themselves are targeted.

Red Dot (2021)

David and Nadia are going through a crisis in their marriage, so they are trying by all means to save the romance in the relationship. The couple go to the north of Sweden to admire the picturesque landscapes and retire. The holiday is marred by the presence of an unknown person who is stalking the couple. The game of cat and mouse begins with the appearance of a red dot on the tent and the first shot.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Red Dot

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Nanna Blondell, Johannes Kunke, Anastasios Soulis…

Country:
Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Hunting (2019)

The list of films where people are hunted has been supplemented by a sensational new movie in the thriller genre. A group of strangers wake up in the middle of a forest where they are forced to take part in a brutal survival quest. Among the hostages of an incomprehensible situation is a veteran of the Afghan war, Crystal Krisi. A woman knows how to stand up for herself, and soon the organizers of the hunt will regret the bloodthirsty undertaking.

Original title:
The Hunt

Genre:
Action, comedy, thriller

Actors:
Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


I go looking (2019)

Comedy horror film about the newlywed Grace, who has to undergo an initiation ceremony in her husband’s house. Alex’s relatives have been following the tradition for decades, and according to it, the appearance of each new family member is accompanied by a game. The ritual seems funny to Grace, and the chosen fun – hide and seek – is harmless. While the young wife of Alex chooses a secluded place in the family estate, the family is armed to persecute the victim.

Original title:
Ready or Not

Genre:
Thriller, comedy, horror

Actors:
Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Survivor (2017)

The plot of a foreign movie about hunting people is developing so rapidly that it captures attention from the first minutes of viewing. A carefree vacation turns into sexual violence for Jen, and the participants in the crime decide to get rid of the victim in an original way. Men open the hunt for a girl who has nowhere to hide in the middle of a hot desert. The desire to survive at any cost degenerates in Jen into a desire to kill – the rapists will face a fierce rebuff.

Original title:
Revenge

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Matilda Anna Ingrid Luts, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Columbus …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Hard Target 2 (2016)

Wes Baylor is going through hard times after his retirement from professional sports . Glory and high fees were replaced by odd jobs and participation in underground competitions. A respectable businessman pays attention to a professional fighter  and offers Wes a large reward for winning the duel. Baylor agrees, but already on the spot he realizes that he was tricked into deadly fun.

Original title:
Hard Target 2

Genre:
Action, thriller

Actors:
Scott Adkins, Robert Knepper, Rhona Mitra…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Runaways (2014)

The Russian film tells about hunting people not for fun, but for reward. For revolutionary activities, Paul is sent to Siberia for hard labor, where, together with other prisoners, he decides on a daring escape. The guards involve professional mercenaries in the pursuit of the fugitives. Pavel remains the only survivor from the group, but the deaf taiga every minute reduces the chances of breaking free.

Genre:
Thriller, adventure

Actors:
Pyotr Fedorov, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Valery Grishko …

Country:
Russia, Kazakhstan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Reserve (2014)

Mike, Sean and Witt go to the reserve to hunt and forget about the bustle of the city for a few days. The guys manage to get a serious trophy on the first day, but the morning met the tourists with an unpleasant surprise. Things and weapons have disappeared, and Sean notices three strangers. An abandoned forest area turns into a bloody arena where animals are not the prey at all.

Original title:
Preservation

Genre:
Horror, thriller

Actors:
Renn Schmidt, Pablo Schreiber, Aaron Staton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Survival Game (2014)

The American manhunt thriller film is set in the Mojave Desert, where Madek, a businessman, comes to collect another trophy. As guides, he is given the best tracker Ben, who becomes a witness to the tragedy. Madek accidentally kills an elderly man and decides to completely cover his tracks. The businessman takes Ben’s clothes, leaves the guy in the middle of the desert, but does not take into account an important fact – the guide is able to survive in the most extreme conditions.

Original title:
Beyond the Reach

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irwin, Hanna Mangan Lawrence…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age Limits :
18+


Deadly Prey (2013)

The American feature film is a sequel to the sensational film about the illegal entertainment of the military. Participants in hostilities organize a deadly game where ordinary people are at gunpoint. Self-confidence and a desire to tickle their nerves lead the coordinators to a fatal mistake: they choose an experienced war veteran as their opponent.

Original title:
Deadliest Prey

Genre:
Action, thriller

Actors:
Ted Pryor, Michael Charles Pryor, David A. Pryor…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 4.5

Age limit:
16+


Witnesses Must Be Silent (2013)

A film where the horrors of persecution fall to the lot of children – a thriller about the hunt for people, filmed by Canadians. Camping turns into serious trouble for the brother and sister when they meet in the forest with criminals who have just killed a man. The criminals decide not to take risks and get rid of possible witnesses. A ruthless hunt for the guys begins, who seem like easy prey to the killers.

Original title:
Breakout

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Brendan Fraser, Dominic Purcell, Ethan Supli …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.4, IMDb – 4.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Thoroughbred (2011)

Five boys who do not know each other become hostages of sadistic kidnappers in the mountains of Scotland. No one remembers how they got here, but there is no time for discussion. Very soon, the guys realize that they have become participants in a survival game, where they are assigned the role of trophies. Mountainous terrain and lack of clothing reduce the chances of success for targets, but young people are ready to fight for their existence.

Original title:
Blooded

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Neil McDermott, Nick Ashdon, Mark Dexter…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.0

Age Limits :
16+


Reserve of Fear (mini-series, 2008)

The list of the best films about hunting people included a Russian action movie in which spoiled rich people order a specific safari. Financial problems and debts force Andrey Khmelnitsky to agree to participate in unusual entertainment. The guy is promised a substantial amount for jogging through the forest and imitation of hunting. However, the organizers of the fun forgot to specify several important points in the contract. The pursuers have real weapons, and Andrey has practically no chance of survival.

Genre:
Thriller, detective, adventure

Actors:
Grigory Danziger, Alexander Andrienko, Evgeny Atarik …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Condemned (2007)

Jack Conrad is in prison , on death row, but gets a chance to be released. A man is offered to take part in a new reality show, where the winner will receive a complete amnesty. Jack, along with several prisoners, is sent to the island, and only the strongest will be able to leave the dangerous jungle. Criminals are ready to do anything for life and freedom, but Conrad also has an ace up his sleeve.

Original title:
The Condemned

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, Robert Mammon…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Dry Bone (2007)

A low-budget film where people are hunted like wild animals is worth watching for the unusual location. The desert is an amazing place that can fully reveal the character of a person. Here the will, the ability to adapt, the instinct of self-preservation are manifested – everything that is hidden deep inside in the conditions of civilized life. Eddie is on a perilous journey through the Texas desert, where a human predator is on his heels.

Original title:
Bone Dry

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Luke Goss, Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace-Stone …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Piranha hunting (2006)

Special agent Kirill Mazur and military chemist Olga Khmelnitskaya receive a secret mission. Partners need to find and eliminate the flooded laboratory in the disputed territory. The lands will soon go to China, and secret developments should not go to foreigners. The mission is in jeopardy when Kirill and Olga fall into the hands of a local psychopath. Prokhor considers himself the master of the taiga and regularly arranges bloody entertainment.

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime

Actors:
Vladimir Mashkov, Evgeny Mironov, Andrey Merzlikin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Liquidator (2004)

A film about manhunters will appeal to fans of unforeseen plot twists. Former Marine Dakota Varley enters the game with a large prize pool. The man is confident in his own strength and victory, but suddenly the rules of the competition change. No one can voluntarily leave the island, and the prize will go to the last survivor.

Original title:
The Eliminator

Genre:
Action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Michael Rooker, Bas Ratten, Dana Lee …

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 3.6

Age limit:
18+


Royal Rumble (2000)

A Japanese film with a high rating and good reviews from the audience – a naturalistic and innovative movie for its time. Set in an alternate reality where a political and economic crisis has led to a teenage riot . Young people refuse to accept and comply with the rules of society, and the government takes retaliatory measures. The authorities organize the “Royal Games”, where only one of the 42 participants should remain.

Original title:
Batoru rowaiaru

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeshi Kitano, Aki Maeda …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
18+


Survival Game (1994)

The film, in which there is a hunt for people, often changes the places of criminals and victims. A homeless vagrant receives a job offer, and at first it seems tempting and lucrative. A man is supposed to act as a survival instructor, but in reality the homeless man himself becomes a target in a cruel game. An unarmed tramp is forced to hide from a group of pursuers, gradually turning into a real predator.

Original title:
Surviving the Game

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Ice-T, Rutger Hauer, Charles S. Dutton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Hard Target (1993)

Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans to find her missing father. The former Marine Corps scout Chance Boudreau, who does not believe in the official version of the man’s death, becomes the girl’s assistant. The police consider the death of Natasha’s father an accident, but the military begins its own investigation. The evidence leads Chance to a criminal gang that organizes a safari for the rich.

Original title:
Hard Target

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yancy Butler, Lance Henriksen …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Running Man (1987)

Fantastic thriller based on the work of Stephen King with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role. In an alternate future, a totalitarian paramilitary government comes to power in the United States. A curfew and censorship have been introduced in the country, and you can go to jail for the slightest offense. Especially popular are bloody TV shows, in which prisoners become participants. The prize for the winner is freedom, and in case of failure, the condemned will face death.

Original title:
The Running Man

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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