Night of the Hunted
(2000) from Tuna
|La Nuit des Traquees (Night of
the Hunted) is possibly Jean Rollin's lowest budget film.
The location was a Paris office building after hours, the
cast was primarily porn stars and amateurs, and shooting
was finished in two weeks. It is widely considered his
worst effort. First, it has nothing to do with Vampires.
Second, there are no Gothic settings. In short, it is not
what his fans expect of him. I believe there is an
additional reason. In the past, only very poor quality
tapes of this film were available. The Redemption folks
borrowed Rollin's original internegs, ultrasonically
cleaned them, transferred to digital, then applied
additional noise filtering. This resulted in the cleanest
version of this film ever made. In addition, the
Redemption edition contains several minutes of additional
footage that didn't make it into the original release.
The additional footage in nearly hardcore. I think this
makes Night of the Hunted a watchable film.
|IMHO, we owe the folks at Redemption a
huge thanks for bringing this obscure European Horror
material to region 1 DVD, and doing it so well. This will
be my last Rollin for a while. I have been through
everything currently available on DVD. There are several
additional releases upcoming from Redemption, but dates
have not been announced.
Perrey, Brigitte Lahaie, Dominique Journet show
prety much everything from every angle in this
film. Plenty of sex and nudity.
|In researching actresses for this project,
I discovered an official Jean Rollin Web site at
http://www.shockingimages.com/rollin/. It includes a
fascinating interview with Rollin. I was pleased to see
that he is again making films.
La Nuit des
Traquees is a psychological suspense/drama with just a
touch of horror. The scissors in the eyes scene
(Unknown2) is the most gruesome, and probably the
best-known from this film. The story is about a motorist
who encounters a woman screaming for help on a deserted
road. As he drives away, he notices another woman -- this
one nude. He takes the girl to his apartment, and
discovers that she has a complete loss of memory. In fact
her memory of things that happen disappears almost
immediately. He finds almost instant rapport with her,
and they end up having sex. Since the woman is Brigitte
Lahaie, this is a treat for both us and him. He leaves
for work the next day, and she is found and returned to
"the black tower," which is a strange asylum.
All of the patients have the same memory problems, and
many have trouble with motor skills as well. Some have
anxiety attacks and become violent. Any more of the plot
would be a spoiler, and I found enough suspense in this
film to hold my interest.
not a huge horror fan, so it is not the vampires that
appeal to me in Rollin's work. I enjoyed this from a plot
standpoint more than any of the other of his films I have
seen. Even though he is not shooting vampires and
castles, his sense of framing, color and lighting is
still evident. Although Brigitte is a porn star, she is a
very good actress. The other acting was surprisingly good
for amateurs. I wish Rollin would have had a huge budget
for this one -- it could have been an even better film --
but I liked it anyway.
- ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.3, Apollo users 46/100
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
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