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Night of the Hunted [Blu-ray] (1980)

Brigitte Lahaie , Vincent Gardere , Jean Rollin  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Brigitte Lahaie, Vincent Gardere, Dominique Journet, Bernard Papineau, Rachel Mhas
  • Directors: Jean Rollin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Redemption
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this Cronenberg or Lynch? July 14, 1999
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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 on. The story is one of lost identity, paranioa and inescapable fate, that one will remember long after viewing. The DVD is thankfully subtitled rather than dubbed and the actors voice inflections during crucial scenes help attain the atmosphere of dread. Be warned that the film contains graphic, probably x-rated sex scenes and strong violence. If you are looking for something different, give it a try.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A poem of the pulp imagination December 11, 2005
Set in the near future and taking place in an eerily desolate Paris, Night of the Hunted centers on Elisabeth (hauntingly played by Brigitte Lahaie), a young woman who is suffering from a bizarre form of amnesia; she can only remember the present and once an experience ends, it leaves her mind as well. As she herself explains it early on, Elisabeth is doomed to live eternally in the moment. However, she is not alone in her affliction. She lives in a "Black Tower" with several others also cursed to live continually in the moment. Though she is supposedly under the treatment of a coldly impersonal Doctor and his sinister aide, Solange, Elisabeth is really more of a prisoner than a patient. When Elisabeth finally manages to escape the tower, she is picked up by a young man named Robert and promptly forgets just where and from what she escaped. After spending the night with Robert, she is recaptured by the doctor and Solange and taken back to the tower. She promptly forgets Robert as well but Robert doesn't forget her and his attempts to find and rescue her eventually lead the film to its truly tragic conclusion.

This deceptively low-key French film has been unjustly maligned by many critics over the years and, indeed, it is a flawed film. With the exception of Lahaie, the acting is uniformly wooden and the film's low budget is, at times, painfully apparent. However, underneath its undeniably crude and, at times, rather sleazy surface, Night of the Hunted boasts a wealth of treasure for the discriminating filmgoer. As directed by the great (if undeniably idiosyncratic) French filmmaker Jean Rollin, Night of the Hunted is a haunting meditation on the importance of memory and the horrors of living with no individual identity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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 "Fascination." But in "Night of the Hunted" she gives an unexpectedly compassionate performance in a film with the requisite gore and nudity, but also real emotional impact. For a free catalog of Ms. Lahaie's rare French horror and adult films, send your full mailing address to
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great rollin masterpiece September 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Clinging only to fabricated memories February 5, 2010
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Imagine the terror of losing every shred of your memory. Every piece of your past is nothing but a ambiguous broken puzzle. There is no foundation for you to grasp on to and seek comfort in. Night of the Hunted is quite an unsettling case of lost identity.

Director Jean Rollin pulls you into another mental realm, one that is devoid of all familiar conscious thought. This is quite a diversion from his typical stuff. It's still a low budget affair equipped with minimalist sets and beautiful porn star actresses. Graphic nudity and bloody madness also get arbitrarily inserted, but are minimal and fairly inconsequential to the plot. This is more just a psychological jaunt.

It feels like a cross between Memento and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. A group of people are unwillingly confined to a tower. Lab rats, yee-haw! Due to a radiation leak, their brains are rotting away as they lose their memories and motor functions.

As their mental capacity continues to diminish, their loneliness and anxiety becomes insurmountable. They all desperately form false memories in order to cope and connect with other people. There also is of course a sinister doctor watching closely and determined to safeguard their horrible fate.

Night of the Hunted is not some brainless gorefest. We are forced to watch a group of disoriented people from a somewhat detatched perspective. It is difficult to fully connect with their hopeless predicament and grasp the true horror of their situation. Thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rollin -- Night of the Hunted
I've got many Rollin films and this is more mainstream -- lots of killing and gun violence rather than vampires and sex.
Published 9 months ago by R. Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent feature
Not only was this movie w its twits n turns, what is the mystery of the black tower? Who wer those doctors? What was wrong w them n the first place? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars cool cinema of Jean Rollin
A Jean Rollin later film and classic starring one of my favorite Rollin girls Brigitte Lahaie with a mysterious sci fi plot, cold city setting, great cinematography & acid jazz... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nancy Officer
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better.
You got all the parts right for the film to work but it doesnt. I like the director and the star role but the film just lacked any kind of passion. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D E S T R O Y E R 2037
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Jean Rollin Great
This movie does not follow the gothic-like vampire theme and there's not much blood, but it's still a Jean Rollin master piece. Not everyone understands Jean Rollin... Read more
Published 20 months ago by jgrinder
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting blend of sex, and sleaze, and surprisingly erotic
Night of the Hunted is a beautiful and gory film that make Jean Rollin's vampire films more interesting. Read more
Published on July 8, 2008 by Joel S./Max B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but silly.
Night of the Hunted (Jean Rollin,1980)

So I've had my first Jean Rollin experience. I have been told by a number of people that it's nowhere near his best film. Read more
Published on March 13, 2006 by Robert Beveridge
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 November 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
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