|Catherine Greiner Nude In Night of the Hunted|
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Exploitation writer/director Jean Rollin's 1980 horror film about the repercussions of an environmental accident and it subsequent cover-up is, on the surface, a rather different kind of picture for the auteur. Rather akin to early David Cronenberg works Shivers and Rabid, La nuit des traquées plays out in a contemporary setting - a Parisian high-rise sanitarium in place of Shivers' Canadian condominium complex - and stars a former porn star - the positively breathtaking Brigitte Lahaie in place of Rabid's Marilyn Chambers. But the similarities end there as Rollin is more concerned with the doomed relationship between his leads than any political intrigue or conspiracy. If you're familiar with the writer/director's work, it's easy enough to understand why: there's a lot more opportunity for exploitative nudity and gore if the focus is intimate rather than far-reaching.
As a result, this story about a man trying to uncover the mysterious past of a beautiful escaped inmate from a well-guarded psychiatric clinic is still a uniquely Rollin film. Though there are larger ideas presented, (the patients' exposure to the biological hazard results in symptoms similar to Alzheimer's and their ill-treatment is jarring), there's plenty of smutty action here as many of the female patients are portrayed by former adult stars and spend a good portion of their time naked! There's also some seriously gratuitous violence including a rather infamous scene where a patient winds up exactly the way all children are told they'll end up if they run with scissors. Unfortunately, she didn't even get to run with her pair!
At times stilted and boring, there's plenty of exploitative elements to keep gorehounds and flesh hunters interested in the proceedings, especially when they involve Brigette Lahaie who has got to be one of the finest looking women ever to grace the screen. Not to be outdone, Dominique Saint-Cyr, Elodie Delage, and Dominique Journet (in her screen debut) all impress with their striking good looks. Of course the most memorable actress in the picture has to be poor Catherine Greiner. A French pornographic actress with 80 credits to her name during her decade long career, it's unlikely Grenier will ever be known for anything other than her aforementioned death by scissors.