“The Horde” -Netflix Review
Directors: Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher
Date: November 2009
(This film is available on Netflix Watch now with English sub-titles. This is the BEST way to watch a foreign film. You should never watch them dubbed. Any true lover of the art of film will tell you this.)
Our story opens where a lot of zombie movies start, in a graveyard. But this is not what you think; there is no 2-4-5 Trioxin-laced rain coming down from the heavens. There are no secret government experiments gone horribly wrong, and there are no crazed monkeys. This is just a funeral. A funeral for a fallen policeman, a brother in blood and in uniform. He was taken out in the line of duty by some “dirt bag drug dealers”. No spoiler here, but you quickly find out that the cops are out not going to wait for the courts and they are out for revenge. They plan on having a little “street justice” against these drug dealers, and with a quick promise to who must be the matriarch of the family to bring everyone home alive, our heroes are off to even the score. There’s a promise no one can ever be certain to keep.
Sounds more like a Quentin Tarantino, drug-filled shootout than a zombie film you say? Ahh, therein lies the beauty of this French twister! As if the name and the poster of the movie were not “dead” giveaways as to this films true nature.
Aggressive, Drug Fueled Zombie Action
The action is nonstop, both from the zombie side and the side of the living, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is one of the first zombie movies I’ve seen where so many zombie just get the shit kicked out of them. These are not your “Night of the Living Dead” slow-moving corpses, either. These are “28 Days Later” runners! They are tough, fast and aggressive. But these cops and drug dealers are bad asses too, so zombies beware! Plus these guys have lots of cocaine to kill the pain. Keep your eye on the white guy with the pony tail, he is a blast all the way through to the end.
Sometimes it gets a little confusing when five French guys are screaming and you are trying to keep the subtitles in order, but this movie is worth a few moments of inter-language confusion. After all, you still get the point no matter who says what.
By halfway through the movie you care as much for the drug dealers as you do the cops, everything was so expertly acted. And the film was cut and shot so well it keeps you jumping even when the undead aren’t running or screaming at the camera with blood dripping from their mouths.
Bloody Confrontation Leads To Twist
As the movie draws to a close the undead and our heroes get into a bloody confrontation as good as any I’ve seen in any American zombie movie, including the famous “Dead Alive” lawn mower scene.
But even in the final moments of this French twister, there is an unexpected ending that will leave you surprised.
This movie has superb acting and excellent special effects, and how it starts out to be a cops and robbers film that grows into a zombie-fest is a really unique and well thought out concept. It also has an ending that will leave your jaw on the floor.
This goes down as one of my new favorite zombie movies of all time.
5 out of 5 blood drops.