The Twilight Zone Episode 84: The Hunt

General Information

Director: Harold Schuster

Writer: Earl Hamner

Cast: Arthur Hunnicutt, Jeanette Nolan, Robert Faulk, Dexter Dupont, Orville Sherman, Charles Seel, and Titus Moede

Composer: Robert Drasnin

Air Date: 1/26/1962

Production Code: 4810

 

Overview

The Twilight Zone The HuntWhile hunting raccoons one evening, Hyder Simpson (Arthur Hunnicutt) jumps into a fast-moving stream to rescue his dog Rip. Upon returning home to a grieving wife (Jeanette Nolan), however, Hyder realizes that both he and Rip had drowned the night before. Thereafter, Hyder faces a difficult choice when navigating the afterlife with his best friend.

“The Hunt” is a moving tale of friendship, kindness, and relying on others to help overcome the hardships of life. Animal lovers young and old should therefore enjoy this offering, which benefits from a poignant twist in the final scene.

 

Pros

Though stereotypical in both appearance and manner, Hyder Simpson—an uneducated Southern man with a good heart—will no doubt stir the emotions of sensitiveThe Twilight Zone The Hunt viewers. In one scene, for example, Hyder sacrifices his own life while attempting to save Rip from an aggressive raccoon and, upon nearing the end of his after-death journey, refuses to enter the gates of “heaven” due to a restrictive policy regarding dog ownership—demonstrations of loyalty that establish Hyder as a loving and sympathetic character, thereby compensating for his frustrating ignorance and inability to accept reality.

 

Cons

After drowning in the river, Hyder takes an inordinate amount of time to discover the nature of his predicament—an aspect that slightly hampers the pacing of this episode.

 

Analysis

The Twilight Zone The HuntFor using the everyday circumstances of a simple, down-to-earth mountain man to illustrate the spiritual conflict between good and evil, “The Hunt” should be commended despite its lack of theological soundness.

 

Concluding Comments

A heartwarming episode, “The Hunt” will appeal to those who enjoy The Twilight Zone for its delicate, family-friendly narratives. Sci-fi/horror enthusiasts, on the other hand, may wish to avoid this entry, which forgoes the creepy and bizarre subject matter of a typical series installment.

 

Overall Quality: 7/10

 

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