The Horde ***
A group of vigilante cops led by Ouessem (Jean-Pierre Martins) and Jimenez (Aurelien Recoing) determined to exact revenge for the murder of one of their own stage a late night raid on a dilapidated tower block where the gangsters are hiding out. The cops are a fractured group due to a past affair between Aurore (Claude Perron) and the slain colleague. Moments before they are about to blow the door to the hideout the cops are sprung and taken hostage by the gang. Jimenez is shot and bleeding to death; questioned by the gang leader Ade (Eriq Ebouaney) and his unstable younger brother Bola (Doudou Masta), Jimenez is shot dead. Before they execute the rest of the cops, a zombie apocalypse breaks out. Escaping to the rooftop after some extremely bloody action, both groups decide to join forces to make their escape and ensure survival.
La Horde is one of the bloodiest and more violent zombie movies of recent years. The zombies here are of the ’28 Days Later’ type, they’re quick and savage, and are dispatched with guns, axes, machetes and even fists in some very violent scenes. There are a few exceptional action scenes; the first encounter with the undead is gory and chaotic, and a great scene with Aurore battering a zombie in a small kitchen using her fists, feet, a cupboard door, glass ashtray and eventually the fridge. The whole last third of the movie is extremely gory and blood splattered and should keep most hardcore zombie fans fairly happy.
This is a low-budget movie, as most zombie movies tend to be, however it is well thought out and in keeping with recent French horror releases, it is very violent. Fans of gory, bloody, brutal action will love it and probably forgive the lack of exposition and inconsistencies within the script. It looks good for what it is, probably due to budget restrictions the idea to use a run-down apartment block actually makes sense and the grimy setting really works in the movies favour. The special effects are a fairly good blend of make-up, blood and CGI which is used sparingly to enhance the blood/gore effects in certain scenes.
For a debut feature by joint directors Yannick Bordas and Benjamin Rocher this is a solid start. The premise is not very original but has enough going for it to keep you interested. Making all the characters unlikable is bold and it pays off as they come across as much more believable; even in an unpleasant scene where 3 men discuss raping a zombie! I’ll be keen to see what they do next.
Quality: 3 out of 5 stars
Any Good: 3 out of 5 stars