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The Night of the Hunted [Blu-ray] (Version française)

Brigitte Lahaie , Vincent Gardere , Jean Rollin    Unrated   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Euro-horror cult director Jean Rollin dives into science fiction with an ultra-low-budget picture that resembles nothing less than Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor by way of David Cronenberg. Though it starts out in classic horror fantasy fashion, with a beautiful young woman (Rollin regular Brigitte Lahaie) in a flimsy nightgown rushing breathlessly though a dark forest, the imagery quickly changes tone when she is returned to the mysterious, antiseptic skyscraper asylum known as "Black Tower." Blank-eyed inmates with dissipated memories wander through the featureless white hallways and empty rooms, helpfully making up stories for one another to stand in for their lost pasts. Like in most of Rollin's films, the story is more fascinating before the exposition and explanations, when the ambiguous conspiracies and the stark landscapes create an unsettling, alienated world out of time and place. The wooden acting is transformed into an asset, a dazed cast of shuffling living zombies somewhere between shock and stupor slowly losing their minds. In true Rollin fashion, he takes time out for gratuitous sex scenes and nudity and weaves a disconnected series of gory murders into a story that never really makes sense in the first place, but the ethereal, poetic imagery creates an enigmatic psychodrama more concerned with mood and texture than narrative. The new Redemption release restores two scenes cut by the producers for its theatrical release. The DVD features the theatrical trailer and a gallery of production stills. --Sean Axmaker

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Stylish, futuristically surreal and a departure from director Jean Rollin's familiar vampire territory, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTED is Rollin’s contribution the excess of the 1980’s horror genre, complete with plenty of sex and gore. In the not-so-distant future, the residents of a skyscraper asylum are suffering with insanity and collective amnesia. As blank-eyed inmates wander the halls and empty rooms of the "Black Tower", the tension rises… as does the body count!

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5.0 out of 5 stars another great rollin masterpiece Sept. 16 2003
if you're looking for something strange that will hold your attention & keep you glued to the screen until the living end, you just might be ready for night of the hunted. rollin's great masterpiece will leave you shaking your head in disbelief but never fails to amaze & excite. those of you gore hounds who just seek out some blood & guts, you will probably find more with his endeavor living dead girl. there is some blood here but the atmosphere is what will grab you & shake you. in the chilling tradition of eyes wide shut or memento, rollin gives you the full effect of paranoia & loss of memory. the film does make sense contrary to what many have wrote here but you have to view this film carefully & look for the hints. in the end, night of the hunted reveals it's dark secrets & the ending is sure to burn it's way into your thoughts for a long time. although we find no vampires here, it's evident that rollin is a serious director & treats his subject matter here with greatest of care. this film will not appeal to folks who tend to avoid pyschological horror or explicit sex. as with most rollin films, night of the hunted isn't intended for all audiences. the film start out with a young girl in a flimsy gown walking in the woods & then a flash of carlights stops her dead in her tracks. the guy naturally picks the girl up & offers to take her home but she can't remember who she is or where home is. in the next scenes, we see she's been taken back to this mysterious tower by a strange man & woman where it seems everyone has lost their mind or they are in the process of losing their minds. here we find a sad building of people struggling to make sense out of the world they are living in or their confusing lives. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Rollin's best... March 17 2000
As much as I love Jean Rollin's body of work, I just can't recommend "Night of the Hunted". Rollin's unorthodox pacing and dreamy visuals just aren't given the chance to flourish and unfold in this film's sterile and cold settings (skyscrapers, cities, etc...). Rollin may very well have been going for an interesting clash of visuals, but it just doesn't work. The story itself is also rather dull (a Twilight Zone-ish tale of mind tampering and conspiricies). Also, the film has a rather deja vu quality about it- its skyscraper interiors reminded me so much of Cronenberg's "They Came From Within/Shivers". There are a couple of redeeming qualities in the film though, mostly centering around the film's protagonist, Brigitte Lahaie. She has a beautiful screen presence, and CAN act, contrary to one's beliefs, since she has done many adult films in her career. She is the film's redeeming quality, and gives a memorably erotic and mysterious performance. Otherwise, skip this and see "Fascination", also starring Lahaie.
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Eerie, poetic and weird film about victims of memory loss (radiation poisoning victims) who are kept by sinister armed doctors and guards in a huge apartment block, serving as an asylum, in Paris. Rollin's long static camera shots, focused on characters' faces or of them walking away into the distance, with melancholy music on the soundtrack, is used effectively to conjure up a mood of loss and despair. This is a pretty depressing film, with characters all-too aware of their frailties and desperate for affection. And the lack of a real explanation for the ruthless matter-of-fact treatment of them by their captors acts as a strong contributor to the fatalistic, pessimism of the film's tone. There is lots of extreme sex and violence, with a very passionate early love scene between Lahaie and Vincent Gardere which she hopes will help her always remember him, and much mayhem in the asylum as the inmates and guards kill each other in a series of gruesome, random incidents, intercut with Lahaie and Dominique Journet attempting to escape. Plenty of gratuitous stripping scenes as well. Much evocative imagery - particularly the final shot of the wounded lovers walking away into the distance and of the red hair of a dead woman slowly sliding down a gap between some railway tracks. Despite the low budget and some unintentional laughs (the staging of the various gunfights and shootings is pretty poor) this works pretty well with the beautiful Lahaie giving a passionate performance in probably her best role for Rollin. This is one of Rollin's best films.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting ideas, low budget. Jan. 20 2000
By Brian
this jean rollin film, which was supposedly filmed in two weeks, often mangages to overcome its extremely low budget, although not always. The film is the strange story of a girl, Lahaie, who is found wandering through the woods one day with no memory. Later it is discovered that she has escaped from a mysterious mental hospital where no one retains there memory. There is a lot of imagination and creativity in this film. Supposedly, it is considered to be on of Rollin's worst films. Since this is the only film of his that i've seen, I can't vouche for that. However, I for one didn't think it was bad at all. In fact, I actually found myself liking it. It's too bad that Rollin didn't have more money and time on this one, it would be interesting to see what he could pull off. Considering that the cast is made up of porn stars and amateurs, the acting really isn't that bad. Worth a look if anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Static psychological horror.
This excellent film deviates from Rollin's vampire obsession in favour of a "parnanoid" tale of urban horror. There isn't much action, but the plot is unnerving. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Superdope.
Jean Rollin is one of the most interesting directors alive. The Erotic-horror genre is higly underrated, and needs more attention brought to it. Read more
Published on April 20 2001 by "arno_frangos"
4.0 out of 5 stars A weird and disturbing nightmare.
A group of people being held captive in an apparently empty skyscraper are slowly loosing their minds. Read more
Published on April 16 2001 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
2.0 out of 5 stars New to Jean Rollin . . .
As A huge Argento fan I decided to try out other European directors from the "Euro-Horror" movie genre. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2000 by Tom E
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underappreciated
Everything I've read about this film fails to appreciate its worth. To me it's a brilliant study of consciousness free of memory in the tradition of zen and tantra. Read more
Published on June 18 2000 by James Rutke
4.0 out of 5 stars Brigite Lahaie shows why she's France's #1 export!!!
Brigitte Lahaie shows why she's France's Number One Export in NIGHT OF THE HUNTED, one of her best films for director Jean Rollin and certainly her most affecting performance! Read more
Published on Oct. 5 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this Cronenberg or Lynch?
Jean Rollin's film will definetly appeal to fans of the above named directors. It has a surreal, dreamlike quality that consistently keeps the viewer guessing as to what is going... Read more
Published on July 14 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Brigitte Lahaie in an unexpectedly compassionate role.
Most fans know Brigitte Lahaie as the French adult films actress who earned a cult following through her work for director Jean Rollin in erotic horror films like... Read more
Published on June 24 1999
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