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Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693184

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.001.0001

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The Thrill of the Nordic Kill: The Manhunt Movie in the Nordic Thriller

The Thrill of the Nordic Kill: The Manhunt Movie in the Nordic Thriller

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(p.76) 5. The Thrill of the Nordic Kill: The Manhunt Movie in the Nordic Thriller
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Nordic Genre Film
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Rikke Schubart

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.003.0006

‘This world’s divided into two kinds of people: The hunter and the hunted,’ big-game hunter Rainsford says in The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and self-assuredly continues, ‘Luckily, I’m a hunter. Nothing can ever change that.’ Well, he will discover that in the manhunt movie even the hunter can become prey. The manhunt movie is a subgenre of the Hollywood thriller which joins two elements: big-game sport hunting and hunting humans. Sport hunting stirs up themes of nature and culture, morals and ethics, masculinity, and, finally, civilisation. Here, we will ask what happens when the subgenre is used in the Nordic thriller. The chapter has three aims. First, it establishes the central generic traits of the manhunt movie. Second, it sets up a theoretical framework of sociobiological and ecological theories with hunting as a reference point. And, third, it examines the Nordic version of the manhunt movie focusing on the themes of hunting, nature, social standing and civilisation. I look at the Danish drama The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012), the Norwegian thriller-heist-comedy Headhunters (Morten Tyldum, 2011) and the Swedish thrillers The Hunters (Jägarna, 1996) and False Trail (Jägarna 2, 2011) by Kjell Sundvall.

Keywords:   manhunt movie, thriller, hunting, nature, social standing, civilisation, Danish drama The Hunt, Norwegian thriller-heist-comedy Headhunters, Swedish thriller The Hunter, False Trail

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