Night of the Hunted [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth picking up if you are a fan of Rollin's dreamlike, paranoid, and somewhat subdued taste in horror.Published 13 months ago by Lyhue Wynegar
I've got many Rollin films and this is more mainstream -- lots of killing and gun violence rather than vampires and sex.Published on January 26, 2014 by R. Larson
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 morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Pen Name
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 morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Nancy Officer
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 morePublished on May 2, 2013 by D E S T R O Y E R 2037
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 morePublished on February 18, 2013 by jgrinder
Night of the Hunted is a beautiful and gory film that make Jean Rollin's vampire films more interesting. Read morePublished on July 8, 2008 by Joel S./Max B.