Completing the B-movie “trilogy” Two Nerds began when we watched Cosmic Sin and Breach, we sat down and watched Apex, a movie in which a group of rich jackholes hunt a strangely blasé Bruce Willis. Apex ended up being one of a long line of adaptions of the 1924 short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. Examples include the 80s Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, The Running Man; Surviving the Game with Rutger Hauer and Ice-T; even an episode of OG Star Trek. (You can catch our discussion of Cosmic Sin and Breach here.)
Things got a little more bonkers when we screened The Hunt, another recent adaption of “The Most Dangerous Game”, in which rich woke liberals hunt “deplorables”. This premise made The Hunt a target for the right wing outrage machine before anyone had actually seen the movie, which ended up delaying the release by half a year and sending it straight to streaming. This is actually hilarious, because The Hunt’s satirical subjects are more left than right; it’s never the hunters in these sorts of movies who are the good guys, it’s always the hunted. But it’s an outrage machine, not a carefully considered comment machine, so.