5.8/10
975
21 user 35 critic

The Night of the Hunted (1980)

La nuit des traquées (original title)
A woman is taken to a mysterious clinic whose patients have a mental disorder in which their memories and identities are disintegrating as a result of a strange environmental accident.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman discovers that the pesticide being sprayed on vineyards is turning people into killer zombies.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Marie-Georges Pascal, Félix Marten, Serge Marquand
Fascination (1979)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

This erotic horror film, set in 1905, tells the story of a thief who seeks refuge in a castle owned by two women, Eva (Brigitte Lahaie) and Elizabeth (Franca Mai). The women are seductive ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Franca Maï, Brigitte Lahaie, Jean-Marie Lemaire
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her insatiable thirst for blood.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Marina Pierro, Françoise Blanchard, Mike Marshall
Lips of Blood (1975)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Frederick sees a photograph of a ruined seaside castle, which triggers a strange childhood memory. He then goes on a strange quest, aided by four female vampires, to find the castle and the beautiful woman who lives there.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Jean-Loup Philippe, Annie Belle, Natalie Perrey
The Escapees (1981)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

On the run from an asylum for the insane, a feisty young girl and a forlorn female companion embark on a surreal journey with a group of traveling erotic dancers. Wandering from the fantastic to the farcical and back again,

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Laurence Dubas, Christiane Coppé, Marianne Valiot
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Wealthy and decadent industrialist Georges Radamante rules over a strange secret suicide cult and wants to achieve immortality by figuring out a way to share the biochemistry of a young ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Caroline Cartier, Olivier Rollin, Maurice Lemaître
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After a psychoanalyst unsuccessfully tries to convince four sisters that they are not 200 year old vampires, the Queen of the Vampires promulgates the cause of the Undead.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Solange Pradel, Bernard Letrou, Ariane Sapriel
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A gang of pirates rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck. The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Joëlle Coeur, John Rico, Willy Braque
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A pair of teenage girls, who are blind by day, but when the sun goes down, they roam the streets to quench their thirst for blood.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Alexandra Pic, Isabelle Teboul, Bernard Charnacé
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Adventure, crime and mystery combine with comic book dialogue and some sadistic sex for good measure. Playfully perverse, pistol-packing fun with Yoko and the alluring Francoise Blanchard.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Yoko, Françoise Blanchard, Jean-Claude Benhamou
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Simone Rollin, Bernard Charnacé, Sabine Lenoël
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Elysabeth
Vincent Gardère
Dominique Journet ...
Véronique
Bernard Papineau ...
Le docteur Francis
Rachel Mhas ...
Solange
Cathy Stewart ...
Catherine (as Catherine Greiner)
Natalie Perrey ...
La mère
Christiane Farina ...
Christiane
Élodie Delage ...
Marie (as Véronique Délaissé)
Jean Hérel ...
Jacques
Jacques Gall
Dominique Saint-Cyr
Gregoire Cherlian ...
Le gardien
Jean Cherlian ...
L'homme de main
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alain Duclos ...
Robert
Edit

Storyline

A woman is taken to a mysterious clinic whose patients have a mental disorder in which their memories and identities are disintegrating as a result of a strange environmental accident.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 August 1980 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Night of the Hunted  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 40,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The script was written in a single day. See more »

Connections

References Kiss Me Deadly (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rollin has a go at urban horror
28 October 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Night of the Hunted is ostensibly something of a departure for French horror auteur Jean Rollin. Its story is on the face of it unusual for the director. Its about a mysterious clinic in a high-rise building where patients have a mental disorder where their memories and identities are disintegrating due to an environmental accident. The setting is in the middle of a city and the visuals are ones of sterile urban alienation as opposed to the Gothic surrealism more typically associated with Rollin. Yet, within this veneer is a film that anyone even remotely familiar with the director's work can identify quite easily as one of his films. It has the typical Rollin characters - alluring yet strangely asexual young women in the central roles and extremely dull men in the periphery. The dialogue is as poor as always. The story is as flimsy and senseless as its possible to be. There is an abundance of nudity. It has the strange melancholic, romantic atmosphere which always makes his movies so odd for horror films. And it also displays Rollin's eye for the surreal. The ending in particular on the grassy viaduct over the city being a perfect example of this. In other words, Night of the Hunted, despite surface differences contains all the strengths and weaknesses that all Rollin films have.

The story and setting itself very much recalls the work of David Cronenberg. But the similarities are entirely superficial. As Rollin is pretty much diametrically opposite in approach to Cronenberg as a filmmaker. Where the latter is highly scientific in his approach, Rollin is a pure romantic. In fairness, the story here could have done with a bit of developing to make it entirely satisfying but then you could probably say that about all the other films in the directors oeuvre to some extent. There is a quite nice score which certainly adds to the atmosphere well; while Brigitte Lahaie is a good presence and by some distance the only memorable actor in the entire film.

If you have any hope of enjoying this film you need to be able to buy into the weird haunting world typical of this director. You need to have some appreciation of his visual ideas too. Otherwise I expect you may dislike this rather a lot. I wouldn't say this is a particularly accessible Rollin film; I'm not really sure there is such a thing.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?