‘Tradition is preserved in blood’
Hounded is a 2022 British action horror film about a gang of young thieves who are caught by the owners of the stately home they are robbing. The thieves are then hunted across the estate for the proprietor’s entertainment. The US title is Hunted
Directed and edited by Tommy Boulding – making his feature directorial debut – from a screenplay written by Ray Bogdanovich and Dean Lines. Produced by Ben Jacques and Melissa Massey.
The Fiction Films production stars Samantha Bond, Malachi Pullar-Latchman, James Lance, Hannah Traylen, Nick Moran, James Faulkner, Larry Lamb, Nobuse Jnr, Ross Coles, Matt Addis, Duncan Casey, Chris Porter, Katrina Syran, Heather Tracy and Louis Walwyn.
Hired by an antiquities dealer to steal a family heirloom, four young friends break into the seemingly abandoned Redwick Estate in pursuit of the treasure. Once inside the mansion, they discover they are not alone.
Attacked and bound by their captors, they are spirited away and released in the middle of nowhere. As punishment for breaking into their ancestral home, the Redwick’s will hunt the four friends like animals on their sprawling, secluded estate grounds…
“Hounded is a darkly satirical, suspenseful, all-action fight to death through some of England’s green and pleasant land. Where Eden Lake (2008) succeeded in exploiting ideas about a violent, nihilistic underclass that Daily Mail readers had been taught to fear, Hounded takes liberal pot shots at the landed gentry who divide and conquer to maintain their status and subjugate those not born to rule.” Britflicks
“Whilst it dices with the paranoia of an earlier age, it ultimately delivers something indicative of a generational shift in attitudes. Despite the cynicism of its premise and the criminal behaviour of its protagonists, it’s a film about justice which never turns its back on the possibility of positive change.” 3.5 out of 5, Eye for Film
“Hounded is a competently constructed piece of British horror, as writers Ray Bogdanovich and Dean Lines managed to inject a lot of life and personality into the production. Combine this with some genuinely intense moments and Hounded is an enjoyable outing in British horror.” Grimoire of Horror
“With almost all of the film spent in the fight-or-flight mode, Hounded is packed with adrenaline spikes. The result is a film that places the viewer in the ultimate game of hide and seek, ensuring maximum thrills and chills in the process. A simple idea realised beautifully, Hounded is a new, uncomfortably relatable, battle of Britain.” 4 out of 5, The Hollywood News
“Hounded is played straight for the most part, with its social commentary leaning toward revenge and drama rather than laughter. Boulding keeps the suspense running at a satisfying clip, and the cast members all give solid performances, led by Bond, who plays her blue-blooded class guardian role with aplomb and vigor. ” Horror Fuel
“The script by Ray Bogdanovich and Dean Lines is cartoonish in its social comment – Katherine speechifies about the state of the country and the ancient traditions of repressive violence she’s upholding – but doesn’t go for the outright comedy of Get Duked. Mostly, it’s a decent-enough action/survival picture … and doesn’t really get creepy until the home stretch.” The Kim Newman Web Site
“Hounded is an action horror that blends The Hunt and Don’t Breathe together to bring us an open area hunt on thieves. The open countryside shows different obstacles the group must overcome to survive while having the dogs hunt them down […] Hounded is an unsettling human hunting movie. 3 stars, Movie Reviews 101
“While the action is limited by the low budget, this stripped-back chase movie gets the job done, delivering catharsis and heartbreak in equal measure. Dropping at a time when the divide between rich and poor has never been so pronounced, Hounded is on-the-nose but effective.” 3 out of 5, Starburst
“Nobody really emerges from Hounded looking entirely pretty but, for all the country clan’s claims to superiority, they find themselves outclassed time and time again, when it comes to nobility of action, by the very people whom they despise. It is a picture of social iniquity and the rigged system of class that, in Britain, has long been the dogged tradition.” 3.5 out of 5, VODzilla
Hounded had its world premiere at FrightFest in August 2022. In the UK, Signature Entertainment is releasing Hounded on Digital platforms on October 31, 2022.
In the US, Saban Films will release the film as Hunted theatrically in select locations on October 21, 2022, and On-Demand (VOD) on October 25, 2022.
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