THE HORDE (2009) – The Dungeon Review!

I actually enjoyed seeing some newer flicks after watching only 1970’s flicks for a couple months. I do love my 70’s horror but it’s good to mix it up. The Horde has been on my “to see” list for a while. There have been some impressive French entries from the past few years so I eagerly anticipated a zombie film from the country that has been kicking my ass. Directors Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher don’t exactly reinvent the wheel with The Horde and the production is definitely not without flaws but they nonetheless create an intense and entertaining zombie flick.

A group of cops seek revenge for a fallen comrade but are easily overtaken by their target. The cops are forced to form an alliance with the criminals to fight a horde of undead who have invaded the dilapidated building they are holed up in.

The living characters are the focus in The Horde but the undead are never far behind. Even without the zombies the films dynamic is absorbing. The characters are a group of badass cops and criminals and they are an interesting lot. There is also an eccentric racist old man thrown in to the mix later in the film. The old guy was a bit of an odd choice, but he was entertaining at times. The tension between the two groups keeps things lively and the interaction is colourful. The performances of the leads were all strong. They are not a particularly likeable group however. I didn’t really find myself rooting for any of them but I was curious to see who would come out of it alive. The film has a nice grimy look to it and the rundown claustrophobic building is the perfect setting. There are some excellent action sequences where various characters go toe to toe with the zombies without the use of a gun. The films lone female battles a zombie in a catfight royale that is not to be missed! The Horde’s zombies are of the fast variety. They are vicious, nasty and ugly. I have a love/hate relationship with the fast zombies, but I can’t imagine this film having the same energy without them. The Horde is well-paced, action-packed and very watchable.

The Horde is not without its flaws however. Long after the characters learn they need to make a headshot to take a zombie down they insist on shooting other parts of the body. Shooting them multiple times! Over and over again. This was additionally frustrating as these are people who are accustomed to violence and handling guns, so they should adapt better than most. There is also the inconsistency of infection. Some characters turn into zombies quickly while others take ages. The zombies also seemed impossibly strong and ridiculously difficult to beat in some cases and then are knocked off like flies in another scene. These little flaws are too frequent to forgive completely.

The Horde doesn’t exactly offer anything new to the zombie sub-genre and it has flaws I could not ignore. Even with its problems I still enjoyed the film. The positives exceeded the negatives and there is never a dull moment in this high-energy, violent French zombie flick. Recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher

Starring: Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney, Aurélien Recoing, Doudou Masta, Antoine Oppenheim, Jo Prestia, Yves Pignot

3 Responses to “THE HORDE (2009) – The Dungeon Review!”

  1. The Film Reel Says:

    I loved this movie! It was like a big summer action blockbuster crossed with a zombie flick. I agree with what you say about the films flaws but I got so into the action that I didn’t care how bad anything might have been. This one was one of the most entertaining zombie flicks I’ve seen in a long time.

    • It was action-packed…but the lack of aiming for the head did stay with me. It was entertaining regardless and I’m curious to see what these directors come up with next.

  2. I like this one too. Good film- enjoyable and loved the end.

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