Loosely inspired by the true story of “the mad trapper of Rat River”, who spawned the largest manhunt in Canadian history. However, don’t look to this movie for facts, “Death Hunt” is shear adventure with a whooping dose of two barreled action tossed in.
“Death Hunt” can be seen as a precursor to the first Rambo movie “First Blood” (1982), with it’s central hero, a war veteran who just wants to be left alone, but becomes the target of local law enforcement. Being pursued through wilderness and picking his enemies off systematically, Bronson looks like a proto-Rambo to me.
Towards the middle of “Death Hunt”, a local mob of hunters lay siege on Bronson’s cabin. Leveling the wooden structure, thinking Old Stone Face is no more. Then Charlie jumps up through a hole he has dug in the ground with a pair of sawed-off shotguns in either hand, both barrels blazing. This is in my mind, Bronson’s most bad ass moment, and as you should know, Bronson was the most bad ass action star of all.