Night of the Hunted (Blu-ray)
A man driving home late one night nearly hits a beautiful, scantily-clad woman who is running wild in the streets; he takes her back to his apartment, they make love, and he discovers that she has already forgotten where they met. She is rapidly losing her memory, a woman without a past. The amnesiac woman is traced back to a scientific fortress melodramatically known as "The Black Tower," where people suffering memory and identity loss due to accidental nuclear contamination are being held and treated.
Although Rollin made the film with absolute freedom within his budget, he was forced to race through with absurd time restraints. As a result, NIGHT OF THE HUNTED (La nuit des traquées) is a compromised film, to be sure, but it is a unique and exceptional chapter in Rollin's filmography. It has a distinctly Cronenbergian feel, that reaches back to Cronenberg's early experimental short films STEREO (1969) and CRIMESOF THE FUTURE (1970).
The film's powerfully moving finale is, for my money, the single greatest sequence in Rollin's entire body of work.
Director: Jean Rollin
Cast: Brigitte Lahaie, Vincent Gardnère, Dominique Journet, Bernard Papineau, Rachel Mhas, Catherine Greiner, Natalie Perrey, Christiane Farina, Véronique Délaissé, Alain Plumey, Jean Hérel, Jacques Gatteau, Dominique Saint-Cyr, Grégoire Cherlian, Jean Cherlian.
- Mastered in HD from the original 35mm negative
- French with optional English subtitles
- Introduction by Jean Rollin
- Two deleted sex scenes (8 min)
- Excerpt of an interview with Jean Rollin by Joshua T. Gravel
- 16-page booklet with an essay by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original trailers of other Rollin films
BBFC Rating: 18
System: 1080p High Definition
Region: All Regions