Last September I posted on the 75th anniversary of the passing of the thylacine. In case you missed it, I provide a paragraph and the movie from the original post:
Today is the 75th anniversary of the death of the last thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus, also known as the “Tasmanian wolf”), a marsupial that once inhabited New Guinea, Australia, and Tasmania. “Benjamin,” a captive individual on display in the zoo at Hobart, Tasmania, died on September 7, 1936. Below I’ve put a 42-second video clip of Benjamin in his cage (despite his name, this individual may have been female). You can see additional clips here.
Alert reader Philip, from Canada, has called my attention to the appearance of a new advernture movie about the search for the thylacine, “The Hunter,” starring the scary Willem Dafoe. Here’s the trailer:
(Notice the use of the old thylacine clips. I wonder if they’ll have a bogus beast in the film.).
The Hunter is the story of Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger’s genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family; however, as his attachment to the family grows, Martin is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission.
The movie came out last September, but appears to have vanished rapidly. Perhaps the last statement of the above trailer applies: “It’s probably better off extinct.”
Has anyone seen this?