Story: Dave (Wesley Truman Daniel) hasn’t been the same since his wife passed, as he not only lost his partner, but he lost his faith as well. But his church loving friends aren’t about to let him off the hook and they encourage him to pursue a dream he once had, to record a pilot episode for a reality show about the world of hunting. While he is down, he recalls the inspiring words of Dog the Bounty Hunter and decides to take the risk, so he and his friends set out to make television magic. The group engages in bad jokes, staged pranks, and some lame hunting routines, but all the while, Dave is reminded about his once strong faith, as his friends try to bring him back around. But when some odd things start happening on the trip, will Dave get more out of his show than he ever expected?
Entertainment Value: What an awful movie. Just awful. I knew that would likely be the case once I watched the trailer and to be honest, I was hoping for an outrageously hilarious unintentional comedy, especially with Duane “Dog” Chapman on the cast. I assume most viewers will check this out for the spectacle potential of Dog the Bounty Hunter in a movie, but Hunter’s Creed is more about bad acting, Duck Dynasty groupies, and weird, off the rails religious elements. Imagine the most generic, boring white guys you can think of, have them decide to shoot a miserable reality television pilot, then mix in some evangelical nonsense and you have Hunter’s Creed in a nutshell. This all sounds like bad movie gold and some of it is indeed so awful it becomes hilarious, but a lot of the movie is also dull and slow, so it isn’t wall to wall laughs. But the finale? I was losing it, the ending is so ridiculous and laughable, yet the movie frames it like a world changing event. A group of suburban hillbillies shoot a cringe filled hunting show, only to uncover proof of God’s existence? If that sounds outlandish, just wait until you see how it all unfolds, it is so pathetic, to be honest. But whew, those interviews with Chapman are pure cinematic magic and I found myself wishing he was the true lead, as if he was, I think Hunter’s Creed could have been a cult classic.
The sole reason I watched Hunter’s Creed was to see how Duane Chapman fared on screen and from that perspective, I was both thrilled and let down. I was thrilled because Chapman is nothing short of hilarious in this movie, with an overly serious, spiritually cringe performance. I thought seeing him sling half hearted biblical quotes or tell some handcuffed bail jumper to “go with, Christ” was outrageous, but here he almost presents himself as a pastor or guru. Half of his screen time is him giving reality television advice and providing spiritual support, while the other half is a series of outlandish interview segments, which are the highlight of the picture, without question. Nearly every line that Chapman delivers is either hilarious or quotable, if not both. I do wish he had more screen time, as no one else in this wreck is memorable or entertaining whatsoever. So if you’re just here for Chapman’s presence, you will have fun with his scenes, even if he isn’t around a lot. The cast also includes John Victor Allen, Mickey O’Sullivan, Anne Sonneville, and Jennifer Jelsema.