The Horde (La Horde)

2009

The Horde (La Horde)

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In order to avenge the murder of one of their own by a gang of ruthless gangsters, four corrupt cops go on a rampage in a condemned building which serves as the mobsters' hangout. Now trapped, the officers are about to be executed when the unimaginable occurs: hordes of bloodthirsty, cannibalistic creatures invade the building, savagely attacking everyone. Unexpected alliances are made when their lives are threatened by the unthinkable. Directed by Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher.-- (C) IFC Films

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  • Jun 03, 2016
    Basically the sequel to 28 Weeks Later that never got made. Cleverly shot so as to make the low budget feel favourable, La Horde is Action-Horror that actually works.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 03, 2013
    This film didn't really do much for me. It's certainly a watchable movie and an easy one to get through at that, but the characters and the situations they find themselves in feel really uninspired. Not to mention there's some really shitty editing here during the action sequences that really made those sequences fairly annoying to watch. And that's another thing, the film is more concerned with being action rather than horror and, in the end, it doesn't really work because the movie isn't really good at action nor is it good at horror. The gore isn't great either and that's probably the only thing that could've saved the film at this point. The whole film just screams uninspired. As is this review. I suppose if there were to be a "highlight" to the film it would be the climactic action sequences when they're trying to escape the apartment, but at some point there's just so many bullets shot and so much blood that you become numb to it and it stops being effective. There's this sequence with Rene and his heavy machine gun are mowing down zombies left and right, I think that's the point where i just gave up on the film. I was just numb to it, they don't make good use of the action sequences. So yea this film is really quite boring considering it's a zombie film. It is watchable but it offers nothing that is remotely entertaining.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2012
    Fun, entertaining and gory French zombie film that will surely appeal to fans of the genre. This is purely a gore film, and if you're looking for great performances, you'll be sadly disappointed. The French are great filmmakers and have made some stunning works of horror, La Horde being one of several films to come out of that country to offer something that horror fans can truly enjoy. It lacks in effective performances, but there's plenty of zombie carnage, which more than makes up for its flaws. The film manages to be very entertaining despite it simplistic concept, and more often, than not, you're able to pull off at lot more with basic elements. There's a good picture here, and it has enough going for it to make for a worthwhile viewing experience. The cast do a good here, and despite some lacking lead performances, there's enough here to appeal to demanding zombie fans. Directors Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher do a good enough job and keeping the plot moving and interesting. Enjoyable overall, La Horde is a different entry from the usual horror films that have come out of France, and there's enough good gore effects to thrill the viewer from start to finish. Even if it's lacking in effective plot development, the film is worth seeing for its mindless zombie kills, which is what this film is all about. France has definitely made a genre picture that should appeal to viewers and fans everywhere. The gore is great, and that's all that matter in the long run. Don't look for a great story, because you won't find it. This is purely a mindless horror romp, and it does it very well.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2012
    **1/2 out of **** If you like your zombies served fast and your action served with a side-dish of brutality; then the French zombie-action film "The Horde" is likely to be your wet dream. Probably not one of your fondest, but a fond one nevertheless. I admire it for just going fucking berserk for long periods of time and thoroughly entertaining my thirst for blood, guts, and the undead while leaving all deep characterization and narrative credibility at the door. As a film for its genre, it is relentless and fast-paced; exciting and hyperactively violent. As a film in general, it is perhaps far too simplistic and forgettable for its own good. But if one is to judge it on the grounds that they should - in this case its own - then one will also discover that it's not all so bad. If you've got at least one quarter of an entire film brimming with at least some artistic inspiration, you've got more than most films these days as it is. A quartet of French policeman (and one woman) raid an abandoned apartment complex in an act of vengeance against some depraved drug dealers who killed a close friend (whose body is seen dead at the end of the film; or at least we presume it is his). They are overpowered and held captive by the dealers, who are armed with guns, knives, and drugs; but not for long. Just as things are about to heat up, hordes of the undead come crashing through the doors and flooding the hallways. One is enough to kill several of the previously "living"; these are powerful beings that, like most zombies today, have outlived the convention that George Romero popularized of zombies being slow and clumsy. The groups are split up and the remaining cops must team up with the thugs to get out alive. I think the style, carefully yet recklessly executed by directors Benjamin Rocher and Yannick Dahan, more than makes up for most of the flaws, which include, but are not limited to, the lack of character development and the rapid pacing sometimes getting ahead of itself. The film does stop for a moment in an attempt to conjure up some sort of suspense but it doesn't quite succeed in doing so; the directors think that the style that they possess alone can create tension, but they are wrong. Still, it's a hell of a lot more tense than most Hollywood pictures and I have to commend it for that. Good, bad; it's still worth its weight in blood. In addition to the weak characters, one of the film's other main weaknesses is its inability to explain the origin of the undead. We see a little excerpt from television but that's about it. Outside on the horizon we see a city exploding right in front of our eyes. Could the zombies themselves be doing this much damage, or is it our attempt to stop them? "The Horde" doesn't have all the answers and doesn't necessarily need some of them, but would have benefitted greatly if it had at least a few. But rational explanations aside, the zombies are nice looking and they can certainly die real good. The gore effects are really great here. There are a number of badass moments that make the film worth checking out on its own: such as a somewhat climactic showdown in a garage and various hallway shootouts. There's also a quirky old man who fights with an axe and can't seem to stop using the word "chink". But the honest truth is that this isn't a great zombie movie. It isn't even really a good one. But I can't ignore that some considerable craft went into making it; it's just as if the filmmakers were more interested in the effects, the actors (all of whom seem very professional and give good performances), and the camerawork that they had access to over the more important things such as the story and the characters. Nothing but the set-up and the locations are very well drawn out, but that's OK. "The Horde" is gruesome and crazy enough without being particularly interesting or intellectually stimulating. In spite of it being a foreign zombie flick, you'd best leave logic and your criticisms behind. For what it is, I didn't find it boring and it distracted me for a good hour and a half. I know there's a better film to be seen from these filmmakers and I hope it surfaces soon, because "The Horde" indicates a bright future for the both of them so long as next time they develop the substantial elements rather than disregard them all-together.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer

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