Release Date: 12/21/2010
Directors: Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher
Actors: Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney
Fans of 28 Days Later and Dawn of the Dead haven’t seen it all in zombie cinema until they’ve seen The Horde.
Paris is burning, chaos reigns, and the undead are everywhere. But the usual bad human behavior continues. After a policeman is brutally murdered by a criminal gang, four of his colleagues, including the dead man’s former girlfriend, plot revenge. They ambush the gang’s run-down high-rise base, but their attack goes wrong and they end up the captives of the sadistic creeps.
Yet just as the unlucky four about to be executed, a horde of cannibalistic creatures breaks into the building. The criminals and the cops quickly reachlize they must stand together against the flesh-eating monsters if any humans are to survive.
Making OfShort Film
French Teaser (not what it sounds like)
Review: When you think of Zombie movies it’s doubtful that you think of the French as a source, heck all I think is some French guys yelling “Sacre BLEU!!!” as they run away in cute little berets. Maybe my view of what French people are like is sort of off? Being in country full of guns the first time I watched 28 Days Later (which until I finally saw a trailer I thought it was a sequel to that Sandra Bullock rehab movie) half the movie I kept wondering “why don’t these people have a single gun among them?!” eventually of course it occurred to me that England doesn’t have a 50 guns per person ratio that we have, though we can’t compete with the staggering amount of soccer related deaths so it evens out. To get back on point the French are not the ones I normally think of when I want some zombie action because well…there French.
The movie starts off as if you were dropped into the middle of a story already in progress; some Nigerian (and Czech) have killed a French tactical police officer and taken a hostage and as they breach the building where they squatting illegally and running a drug operation things go wrong and they are taken captive themselves. Suddenly zombies show up and when I say suddenly I really mean it, not even a note of warning or build up one moment its cops and robbers next its zombie survival. No explanation is ever given really for the lightning fast zombie apocalypse (though honestly how many zombies would it take to take over Paris?).
From there on out the movie is an uneasy alliance between the groups to try and survive the zombie horde. The action is decent despite the script and bad acting which completely save the movie from just being lame. While compared to other zombie films this doesn’t really hold up well, most of the characters are single note cannon fodder that can’t seem to gather a more than an idiotic thought about how to make it though this event and at the half way mark it’s a miracle any of them are alive.
I don’t expect every movie to make perfect sense and even bad acting can be tolerated so long as the film is interesting enough. The Horde dances dangerously around the red line for the entire run of the film but in the end it’s watchable for fans of the zombie genre, others I would advise to just steer clear.