It’s gotten to the point where you can’t find safe haven from the problems of the world at the movie theatre, like many of us fortunate to afford a movie ticket once did while growing up.

There were many Saturdays where my father handed me a dollar bill and sent me to the Halifax Theatre in South Boston, where I would settle in for an afternoon away from the real world.

John Wayne, Elvis Presley, James Bond were just a few of my heroes, and the list goes on and on, but one thing I knew was that the violence I saw on movie screens did not attach itself to me when I left.

I’ve never picked a fight in my life, but I’m a fortunate exception.

Things have evolved to where family members are not talking to one another, much less former friends, but beyond that people are shooting at one another.

The recent spate of mass shootings is one reason a Hollywood film is being pulled, and for good reason.

“The Hunt”, which was scheduled for release on Sept. 27, is yet another portrayal of the continuing political divide that this country continues to face.

The film takes things to yet another level, portraying 12 strangers, “deplorables,” who wake up in a clearing without knowing how they got there, but they later find out that a group of rich “elites” have chosen them as prey to be hunted.

Turnabout is fair play, and one of the deplorables begins to fight back, killing the elites one by one.

As someone who enjoyed movies and both respected and admired the industry most of my life, I’m both angry and sad at what’s happening in Hollywood.

Passing the bucket for charitable causes in movie theatres while waiting for the start of a movie was bad enough - the word, captive audience comes to mind – but this movie, if everything I read about the plot is accurate - goes beyond the pale.

Hollywood movies, including the documentary genre, are meant to generate a wide range of emotions and are meant to entertain but also cover more serious topics and make a movie-goer think.

It was a wise decision to pull this movie, what with Dayton and El Paso still fresh in people’s minds, and I totally understand freedom of expression as it relates to movie-making.

There may be those of us who would want to go to movies like this to snicker and applaud when people who disagree with us politically are “disposed of.”

Stirring the pot doesn’t do any good for anyone.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Doug Ford covers news and sports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at