Writers: Arnaud Bordas, Yannick Dahan
Stars: Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins and Eriq Ebouaney
My best mate has been hassling me to watch this since it was released in 2009. I’m ashamed to say that it’s taken me until now to get around to it! The main reason for that is that recently, along with vampires, I’ve grown weary of zombies. It shames me to say that, being a lover of all such things, but I was starting to feel that the whole genre was getting a little stale.
How wrong I was.
La Horde is a brilliant film. It’s violent, gory, savage and rankles the nerves. It’s got bent cops, malevolent gangsters and fast zombies. It is subtitled so it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s not all that much dialogue so you won’t miss anything having to read the translation.
After a slow 5 minutes at the beginning, you’re thrown straight into the violence as our 4 characters you meet in the beginning are on their way to a dilapidated town block armed to the teeth. You soon learn that they are cops bent on revenge after the murder of one of their own, Rivoallan. (The same directors did a short called Rivoallan in 2008). It goes very wrong, very quickly for both sides and the 2 warring factions are soon having to work together to survive as the apartment block is surrounded by the walking dead.
The zombies in questions aren’t your run of the mill Romero zombies – these guys are fast, 28 Days Later zombies. These have always scared the hell out of me and makes for a glorious tension all the way through the film.
My only niggles would be that although you know the ‘bad guys’ are gangsters, you never find out what their game is~: drug dealers, arms dealers, money laundering – who knows? You also never find out why or what has been turning people into the walking dead either. Or what city in France is under siege. But none of that really matters or bothered me when I watched this film.
Lastly, my biggest beef with this film is that no-one, at any point, notices that a head shot finishes off any rampaging infected in this film. They pump one guy full of round after round near the beginning of the film and it’s not until the lead gangster takes his head off with a shotgun that he dies. Yet no-one remembers that or twigs. Poor zombie awareness I say!
All in all, this is a fantastic zombie film, brilliantly acted, beautifully shot and gory as hell. If you love your zombies a la 28 Days Later, you’ll love this. If you hate subtitled movies, you probably won’t, but give it a go anyway – you won’t be disappointed!
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