The Hunt

A father and son on a hunting trip to repair their fractured relationship find themselves under siege by a strange and horrifying creature.

As they fight for their lives they quickly learn there is no problem that a good, old fashioned father and son hunting trip can’t solve.

Creative team

Writer: Greg Jeffs
Director: Spencer Estabrooks
Producers: Spencer Estabrooks, Greg Jeffs, Emily Renner Wallace

Filmmaker’s statement

“On the surface The Hunt is a classic camping monster in the woods tale.

Suspense is created by allowing the audience knowledge that our doomed campers lack. But by focusing on the troubled personal father-son relationship between Chris Potter and Rohan Campbell, the film allows us to explore larger themes within father-son relationships and the humanity of hunting.

The film has been a great success for us, having premiered in Scotland as part of the 2013 FILM4 Frightfest.

We screened at many festivals including the Calgary Underground Film Festival, Action on Film and Toronto after Dark. At the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival we were given a special mention for the best international short fantastic film.

The Hunt has toured across North America with the Rue Morgue little terrors short film package. On July 24, 2013, the film was released theatrically across Canada in Cineplex theatres by Raven Banner as part of their Sinister Cinema series.

Most recently, The Hunt was named the best horror short of 2013 by Rue Morgue magazine.”

About Spencer Estabrooks

Spencer Estabrooks

Spencer Estabrooks is an Albertan writer, director, editor, cyclist, colourist, visual effects artist, archivist, flame operator, beer activist and gentleman bandit.

By day he archives animation for Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network; by night he follows his passion for writing and directing.

His films, mostly westerns, horror and sci fi, have played in genre festivals around the world and been broadcast on Canadian, US, UK and Latin American TV.

His work has screened in LA (Screamfest, Action on Film), Toronto (Toronto after Dark), Spain (Sitges), France (Strasbourg) and the UK (Film4 Frightfest, London Sci-Fi festival).

2014 was a banner year for Spencer: two of his short properties played on the world’s stage.

His short film The Hunt was hand selected for a world premiere for the 2013 FILM4 Fright fest in Scotland. The short travelled the world screening in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and picked up an honorable mention at the 2013 Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival.

In the summer of 2013, The Hunt was picked by Raven Banner Films to screen in Cineplex theatres across Canada as part of their Sinister Cinema series. The short film capped its banner year by being named the best short film of 2013 by Rue Morgue magazine.

His web series One Hit Die won awards for best web series and best sci-fi web series at ATL Webfest and has screened at Hollyweb, LAweb Fest, Vancouver Web Fest, Toronto WebFest and is slated to screen at the 2015 Marsailles Web Fest.

In summer 2014 One Hit Die became available on Telus on-demand in British Columbia and Alberta, making it one of the first indigenous web series to accomplish this.

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