Universal Pictures’ decision to call off the release of its satirical thriller “The Hunt” immediately drew comparisons to another film: Sony Pictures’ “The Interview.”

Both were political lightning rods, albeit for very different reasons. Sony dropped its wide-release plans for the 2014 comedy amid a massive North Korean attack of its computer systems and threats of violence against theaters, while Universal scrapped “The Hunt” following mass shootings in Gilroy, Calif.; Dayton, Ohio; and El Paso.

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