DIRECTED BY: YANNICK DAHAN & BENJAMIN ROCHER
STARRING: CLAUDE PERRON, JEAN PIERRE MARTINS, ERIO EBOUANEY
RUNNING TIME: 92 MINS
As everybody knows I am a bit of a zombie fan. Its the one sub genre of horror that keeps producing films and books that surprise me. Whilst vampires are now boring and no longer scary these rotting, maggot infested undead fuckers still manage to send a chill down my spine.
Its due to this love of all things decayed that I picked up The Horde, a zombie film from France and I have to say right here and right now that within the first twenty minutes I knew this film was not only going to go to the top of my favourite horror films but to the top my list of all time best films watched in the last ten years...
...Its official... I love The Horde.
The story follows a small group of police officers out to avenge a fallen comrade and things seem to be going well until the first shot is fired. At this point things start to turn sour but are about to get worse when the first set of undead dentures rend at living flesh.
Criminals and coppers have to team up and from here on out loyalties are never quite what they seem to first appear and there is a severe lack of trust between the characters that could possibly be there download.
The most outstanding feature of this film is the visual style, everything from the cinematography through to the sickly colour scheme. The whole thing has an almost dreamlike quality (albeit a nightmare) and the brief flashes of the city beyond are cleverly done, giving only hints to the devastation that awaits them if they escape.
This visual brilliance reaches its peak with our lead hero facing off against a virtual sea of the undead. This scene is so wonderfully done that it can only be described as a blood drenched ballet of bullets, blades and rotting flesh.
The pace, the story, the dialogue, the setting, the visual style and overall look of the film. There is nothing I can complain about and I highly recommend you get this film.
PS: Please try to watch with subtitles and experience the film in its native tongue rather than dubbed.