Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Night of the Hunted (1980) aka La Nuit Des Traquees

3 / 5 Nov '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Jean Rollin
Written by: Jean Rollin
Actors include: Bridget Lahaie, Vincent Gardere, Dominique Journet
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 93 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: France

This one was really hard for me to rate, see I'm not into naked chicks, lesbian undertones or even excessive sex scenes and nudity for no reason. That excludes me from about 30 percent of the film unfortunately. The idea here is a serviceable one routed in science fiction. We meet up with the lovely and blank looking Brigitte Lahaie (the blonde from Les Raisins de la Mort [The Grapes of Death]) who seems to have the memory of a goldfish. She can't remember anything and even as stuff is happening her memory seems to vanish. We catch up with her as she is running away in a nighty and a young man picks her up and takes her back to his place to look after her (sexually). Then some people show up to take her "home" which is a weird looking clinic where most folks seem to have the same problem she does. It's wrong to think of this as a horror movie as it really isn't. It's more of an erotic science fiction piece I suppose, it's just that so much of it was pointless! What did really shine was the cinematography and the actual filming. Rollin's usage of the city was perfect and lovely and so cold and sterile and even creepy. It hit on a few good notes, and again once clarity comes into play it's an interesting story. It's just hard to get to the point where one cares unless you have your penis in your hand.

Availability:  On DVD

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