Hunter’s Moon (2020)

Hunter’s Moon (also known as The Orchard) follows a family’s move to a quiet life in the country. As the father, mother and three teenage daughters enter the small town several reveals are made. We learn that the house this family has just purchased had a previous owner who died tragically. At first, this information was supposed to be a secret from the teenage daughters. We also learn the oldest daughter, Juliet (Katrina Bowden), is quite flirtatious with some of the locals she encounters in the new town.

The family of five soon arrive at their new home and unpack, but it’s not long until the husband and wife are urgently called to travel due to work reasons. With no choice, they leave Juliet in charge of the house. Juliet decides to be a risk-taker and begins to drink some of her dad’s alcohol cabinet. She invites her sisters to join her, encouraging them to live a little and have a private party. They agree, but it’s not long until the family party with siblings is interrupted.

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A group of young men with unpleasant intentions decide to band together and break into the house. To make matters worse, this group soon make a major discovery that can’t be explained. It would appear there is a giant monster outside the house with a thirst to kill. On his way to the house to deal with all the trouble is the town’s sheriff (Thomas Jane), who also finds more than he bargained for.

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Hunter’s Moon begins with a few interesting, mysterious elements relating to the plot. At first, nothing is very clear or explained. As the plot moves forward, these elements of mystery continue, which I assume was done to keep viewers invested and curious about what the earth is going on. The film enjoys showing a few minor reveals on the way, but the core plot is certainly a mysterious one.  But sadly, even with some mysterious elements introduced, make no mistake, Hunter’s Moon is a horrible nightmare and not a good one. The plot is highly vague, and the dialogue and characters are emotionless, dull and cheesy. Sure, the film attempts to reveal some mysteries along the way, but it’s filled with so many gaps that even at the end, many things are skipped over and never explained.

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While I loved the cast line-up in this film, the characters are honestly painful, and the performances are equally so. If you are a fan of seeing actors Thomas Jane, Jay Mohr, and even Sean Patrick Flannery, they are all either briefly on-screen or have an unforgettable presence. Honestly, I question why on earth actors like Thomas Jane are starring in films like this. To put it simply, no one is likeable here.

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Visually, the film is quite dark, and most kills occur off-screen in an attempt to keep the viewers guessing.   The creature’s reveal is exciting, but again, it’s brief and leaves the audience with more questions making the film sillier to the point that it’s not even ‘so bad it’s good’.

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Overall, there’s no polite way to say it; I was highly disappointed with this film. But granted, I know there will be audiences that love what’s on show here. For me, the characters are truly unlikeable, and the film’s story and the dialogue feels vague, emotionless, and uninteresting. Big-names, including Thomas Jane, are ultimately briefly on screen, forgettable or sadly unforgettable in their performances. It’s not even ‘so bad it’s good- it’s just a messy horror film that could have been something far more memorable. Hunter’s Moon is Now Available on DVD!

1.0/10

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

21th August 2021
Written by Peter Walkden

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Based on a true story, King Richard takes a look back in time to witness the journey of two tennis superstars.  Following the life and upbringing of Venus and Serena Williams, we witness where it all began.  The film’s lead, Richard Williams (played by Will...

Midnight In The Switchgrass (2021)

Based on a true story, Midnight in the Switchgrass follows two Texan FBI agents, Karl (Bruce Willis) and his current partner Rebecca (Megan Fox).  The two agents are currently investigating a case relating to sex trafficking, and they are hoping to close the case...

Claw (2021)

Two friends, Julia (Chynna Walker) and Kyle (Richard Rennie) are on a road trip to get Julia to an important show she's featuring in (stand-up comedy).  Kyle is along for the ride to help drive and provide general support where possible.  But while driving,...

For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

Set on Halloween, the film introduces a hard-working nurse named Romina (Lora Burke).  After finishing a long shift, Romina goes straight home, but when she walks through her front door, she soon finds she’s not alone.  A stranger is hiding out in her house,...

Red Rocket (2021)

Mikey Saber (Simon Rex) travels by bus back to his hometown in Texas City with only $22 in his wallet.  Freshly arrived in town, he knocks on the door to his wife's house, Lexi (Bree Elrod), who lives with her mother.  Covered in bruises and scars resulting...

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) lives with her older brother Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and her mother Callie (Carrie Coon). Daily, the family struggle to make ends meet and are even evicted from their current home. Soon the family receives word that Phoebe's grandfather has...

Apex (2021)

Set in the future, Thomas Malone (Bruce Willis) is currently in prison, serving a life sentence for a crime he was not involved in. Thomas is an ex-police officer and has a past resumé which makes him a human deadly weapon.  Invited to be the prey in a dangerous,...

The King’s Man (2021)

You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across a rather twisted and regal version of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure when you first read the plot outline of "The Kings Man." A collection of history's very worst criminals and tyrants are plotting to wipe out...

The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Continuing on from The Matrix Revolutions (2003), we meet Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a well-known software developer. Known for developing many creative video games, Thomas feels lost and almost robotic as he completes his daily routines.  He begins to see...

Licorice Pizza (2021)

Set in San Fernando, 1973, Licorice Pizza follows the life of two young people- Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman), a celebrity superstar and Alana Kane (Alana Haim).  Gary is convinced that Alana is the love of his life, but there is just one problem.  His new...

Sing 2 (2021)

Following the original Sing (2016), Buster Moon (Voiced again by Matthew McConaughey) and his ragtag theatre troops are faced with a new and exciting challenge.   The challenge is unlike anything they've done before, to pursue a reclusive rock star named...

West Side Story (2021)

Based on the well-known Broadway musical (1957), West Side Story (2021) explores various themes and stories, including a dangerous rivalry between two street gangs of different ethnicity.  One gang calls themselves the Jets and the other the Sharks.  On the...

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Continuing from where we left Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his close friends in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), the entire world now knows the secret identity of Spider-Man.  Peter now spends his days dealing with the public, not to mention constant...

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)

Set in the year 1998, Umbrella Corporation has kept Raccoon City alive. However, things worsen for the high-tech pharmaceutical company when suspicion grows within the community.  Strange mishaps occur, including unusual deaths, and several dead bodies randomly...

Henchmen (2018)

Set in the near future, the film follows a young man named Lester (Thomas Middleditch), who has a heart and passion for becoming the ultimate henchman. But becoming a skilled henchman takes hard work and regular attendance at "Union of Evil", the school of...

Rose Plays Julie (2019)

Rose (Ann Skelly) thinks about her mother all the time. She wonders what kind of life she is living and what her mother is doing. She also thinks about what it would look like if the two were ever to meet face to face.  What kind of conversations would they have,...

Dune (2021)

Based on the well-known science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert, Dune follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), the son of a noble and well-respected family. Paul begins to have unexplained visions and dreams, which could be visions of moments from his future....

The Card Counter (2021)

Beginning with narration from William Tell (Oscar Isaac), we find out key details about this character's past.  Some of the important details include the fact William served a long time in prison and, while bored behind bars, he decided to learn and master the...

The Advent Calendar (2021)

Eva (Eugénie Derouand) has been a paraplegic since a tragic accident three years ago. Currently, Eva enjoys swimming as a hobby and gets by financially working for an insurance company.  When Eva’s birthday comes around close to Christmas time, it seems she will...

Ditched (2021)

Melina (Marika Sila), a paramedic, and a group of other people wake up in an upside-down ambulance.  Shocked and surprised, Melina and the other survivors attempt to recall what happened to cause the ambulance to flip and crash. Melina recalls she was in the...

The Tunnel: The Other Side of Darkness (2021)

When it comes to Australian cinema, it’s no secret that we’ve all seen films that are just another found footage movie. Thankfully, some films were quite successful, memorable, and different from the rest. One of them was a mockumentary, The Tunnel, which was released...

The Tunnel (2011)

Natasha (Bel Belia) has carefully assembled her team, which consists of Peter (Andy Rodoreda), Steve (Steve Miller) and Tangles (Luke Arnold).  This group of journalists are investigating several government cover-ups relating to water, homelessness, history, and...

Titane (2021)

To describe this film’s plot in writing is one of the biggest challenges I have come across as a film reviewer. Titane begins with moments that are either tragic or uncomfortable.  None of these moments quite make sense and are unexplainable and bizarre....

Battle Drone (2018)

The film begins with the introduction of six highly skilled mercenaries. After completing another successful mission, the CIA approaches the group’s captain, Vincent Reikker (Louis Mandylor), with another job requiring him to reassemble the team and fly out to...

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

Continuing on from Venom (2018), Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a host for the alien symbiote known as Venom. In the present day, Eddie is determined to get his life back on track.  Right now, he’s known for being a failed reporter, currently single and struggling to...

The Browning Version (1994)

After teaching for over eighteen years, Andrew Crocker-Harris (Albert Finney) is wrapping up his final days. His wife Laura (Greta Scacchi) will also be retiring after serving fifteen years.  When the school’s headmaster reveals to the students that Mr Andrew...

Best Sellers (2021)

Harris Shaw (Michael Caine) is an exhausted and angry old author who has since retired from writing. He lives his days trying to write on his typewriter while drinking alcohol and smoking heavily. Harris has decided to hide from the rest of the world, putting signs on...