The Purd wrote:
So the monster movement says "the hunting horror moves 3 spaces towards the investigator within range" blah blah blah. It doesn't say "up to" it says just says "moves 3 spaces", so my question is, does it have to move 3 spaces even if the investigators are only 1-2 spaces away?
While the rules don't seem to make this clear, the monster only moves if required.
Take a look at page 11 of the "Learn to Play" book. There the monster is told to move 2 spaces but only needs to move 1.
The closest I think the rules tell us this is on page 13 of the RR under movement. The last two bullet points only seem to apply to the investigators.
So, if the Investigators are 1 or 2 spaces away (even if they were 3 spaces away), the monster doesn't move.
The monster doesn't need to move because it has already fulfilled the requirement of being within range.
In this case, the monster stays where it is and attacks.