Director: Jean Rollin
91 min. – Genre: Horror – Sci-Fi – Erotica
Cast: Brigitte Lahaie, Vincent Gardère, Dominique Journet, Bernard Papineau, Rachel Mhas, Catherine Greiner, Nathalie Perrey, Christiane Farina, Élodie Delage, Cyril Val, Jean Hérel, Jacques Gatteau, Dominique Saint-Cyr, Grégoire Cherlian, Jean Cherlian
While driving along a lonely road in the middle of the night, a man sees Elizabeth, a beautiful woman, wandering by the side of the road, obviously disoriented and wearing only a flimsy white nightgown. Another woman, Veronique, equally dazed and entirely nude, looks on. When Elizabeth collapses, the man takes her back to his home, where she confesses that she has amnesia and isn’t sure what’s happening to her. The two feel drawn to each other and spend the night making love, but the man’s home is invaded, and Elizabeth is taken away. Trying to find her, he discovers that Elizabeth and Veronique have been taken back to a mysterious asylum from which they escaped, where a variety of surreal and sexually-oriented tortures await them.
Long considered a failure since its very brief theatrical release in the late summer of 1980, “La Nuit des traquées” has slowly but surely built a small but dedicated group of followers who find it to be among Jean Rollin’s almost great films. Containing perhaps the finest performance Brigitte Lahaie has ever given for the screen, “La Nuit des traquées”, or “The Night of the Hunted” as it is more commonly known, is one of the key if often overlooked films of Rollin’s career. The fact that it is indeed a very flawed work that could have been much more, had budgetary and time constraints not worked against it, makes its pleasures all the more resonate and powerful.