(1978) ** ½
After an experimental pesticide is sprayed on a large vineyard used for wine production, the inhabitants of much of rural France are transformed into zombies.
Here we have another Jean Rollin film, and this one not so bad, not great, but better than the films of his I’ve seen thus far. This one had more of a storyline than the other two I suffered through. Interestingly, I read that Rollin’s films were often unscripted, used amateur actors, and were made on virtually no budget. The lack of script may account for why his others films made little sense, and certainly why the acting was so dreadful. Also, a number of actors were from the porn industry, so with no script and little acting skills, it’s not surprising that they stripped their clothes off in several scenes, and why there was a twenty-minute sex scene included at the beginning of The Night of the Hunted. Though her clothes never come off, the woman who starred in this film, Marie-Georges Pascal, had appeared in several erotic films with titles like Hot and Naked, and I Am Frigid…Why? Sadly, I read that in 1985, she committed suicide due to her failing acting career.
Not to worry the film still contains some nudity.
But enough of that, what I really want to talk about is a snot rocket. Yes, you heard me right, a snot rocket.
So I’m about three quarters the way into the film, and the three non-zombie characters are sitting on the side of the road taking a rest after their long journey over to the next town. They’re just hanging out when one of the male characters wipes his nose followed by a snot shot. He was sitting a little further away from the camera so I had to rewind it to make sure my eyes didn’t deceive me. After that I could barely keep my mind on the film. I kept wondering whether this was part of the script or if the actor just happened to have a snot enlarged in his nose that he had to get rid of. After reading that Rollin’s films typically lack a script, I conclude that he just had a booger, and considering the acting and low budget there probably seemed little point in reshooting the scene.
This was a pretty funny moment in the film. After one of the workers that is applying the killer pesticides complains of ailments, the guy pictured above yells at him to get back to work and then sticks this pipe in his mouth. The pipe was totally unexpected and hysterical.