THE WOMAN HUNT (1973)
Article 2698 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-20-2008
Posting Date: 1-1-2009
Directed by Eddie Romero
Featuring John Ashley, Pat Woodell, Charlene Jones
Country: USA / Philippines
Women are being kidnapped by a man who lives in a secluded mansion in the middle of the jungle. He plans to organize a hunting party with the women as prey.
When I see Eddie Romero at the directorial helm with John Ashley as the star, I think of the “Blood Island” movies made during the late sixties/early seventies. This isn’t part of that series; in fact, I’m not sure it’s even really a horror movie. It’s modeled off of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, which I’ve always considered only marginal horror in the first place, and this one contains even less overt horror content. Instead, it’s more action thriller in the drive-in exploitation style, a style that I would describe as “giving the people what they want at a lowest-common-denominator level while refusing to be distracted by such things as good taste”. Therefore, we get lots of bloody violence and bare breasts, dumb and obvious dialogue, lesbianism, and Sid Haig, who is a master a this sort of thing; he shows a knack for making his character the type of person who would say the dumb dialogue. IMDB says this one was shot in English, but it certainly feels like a dubbed movie at times. If you’re looking for subtlety and intelligence, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for typical drive-in thrills, this’ll do.