Franju's final film is a low budget (shot for television in 16mm and 35mm for theaters) remake of Fantômas, made without being able to obtain rights to the title, but written by Feuillade's grandson, Jacques Champreux (he wrote the screenplay for Franju's adaptation of his grandfather's Judex.) Some of the 35mm film was stolen, so some 16mm is mixed in. It's all set bound, cheap, creepy and authentically poetic.
Though by this time, he'd lost his gift for making languorousness seem like ballet and not like tedium, Franju was still a master of the indelible. There are images here that are unforgettable and Shadowman is one of the cinema's most compelling characters both in his manner and appearance. Of course I'd be lying if I said at least a half a star wasn't for Gayle Hunnicutt and her catsuit.