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The Wild Hunt is a 2009 indie Canadian comedy/horror film. The plot revolves around a live-action role-playing game Gone Horribly Wrong.

No relation to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

This film provides examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: King Argyle, who's a bit of a creepy douchebag throughout the film, until he fully tips his hand by dropping a C-bomb on Tamara. His stabbing is a lead-up to Erik's death, so being an asshole helps preserve the emotional weight of the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A lot of attention is given to Mjolnir, Bjorn's sledgehammer. Ultimately he uses it to kill Murtagh.
  • Country Matters: Argyle's Kick the Dog moment, keeping him from being sympathetic and preserving the emotional impact of Erik's death at the end.
  • Decoy Protagonist: It seems like it's Erik's film, trying to get back his girlfriend. It's really Bjorn's, living out a tragic epic just like the old Norse Sagas he was raised on.
  • Downer Ending: Erik dies, Evelyn commits suicide, and Bjorn kills Murtagh in revenge.
  • Driven to Suicide: Lyn, due to Erik's tragic death near the end.
  • Kick the Dog: King Argyle when he insults Tamara. Greg pretty much constantly.
  • Large Ham: Bjorn refuses to break character for almost the entire duration of the film, trumpeting every word he says in a hammy Viking style. The other gamers eat it up, but it really pisses off his brother.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The Celts charge at the rest of the gamers, who are expecting a fun foam-weapon melee. Instead, they're beaten to a pulp with rocks and clubs.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: One occurs as Bjorn, Erik and their allies prepare a raid into the Celts' camp. Tamara even "equips" her cleavage.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Bjorn's in-character braggadocio seems to have completely consumed his personality... until he's actually called upon to be brave.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Greg delivers one to Erik, which proves fatal. A few minutes later, he's cornered by a group of enraged gamers, who swarm him.
  • Rules Lawyer: Both Argyle and Bjorn try to get the upper hand in their duel by arguing about rules.
  • Serious Business: Live-action role-playing is serious business. Characters point out that some people spend all year waiting and preparing for the big game. Don't show up without a costume or break "decorum," and most definitely don't try to quit in the middle of a game.
  • The So-Called Coward: Bjorn is revealed to be a coward at the film's climax. In the epilogue, he hunts down Murtagh and brutally crushes his skull.
  • The Wild Hunt: The namesake of the film. The Celts need to perform the Wild Hunt by sacrificing a princess and turning her into their horned god.
  • Wimp Fight: The opening scene highlights that the gamers don't really know how to fight. King Argyle and Bjorn's epic duel is just childish flailing, followed by arguing.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tamara calls out Bjorn for cowering in a corner while his brother is in danger, after all of his big talk of being a warrior.