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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.
(excerpt from the essay by Tim Lucas)
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
France 1980 Colour 91 min 1.66:1
1920 x 1080p
Written and Directed by Jean Rollin
Produced by Monique Samarcq
Director of photography: Jean-Claude Couty
Music by Philippe Bréjean
With Brigitte Lahaie, Vincent Gardere, Dominique Journet, Bernard Papineau, Cathy Stewart, Natalie Perrey