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Try shooting them in the head!
on 30 March 2016
"The Horde" is a modest budget zombie film from France, made in 2009. It's played straight.
Four renegade police officers attempt to murder the drug lord (responsible for the death of their friend) who is holed up with his gang in a condemned apartment block. The first few minutes, right up to the bungled raid, reminded me of one of those tense gritty police films the French do so well. From then on, well, there's a-growling outside and the bloody mayhem commences.....
While there is pretty much no plot to speak of, (and nothing much gets explained) there is plenty of well done bloody action (though not as much hard core gore as you might expect or hope for) and the zombies appear as infinite as the bullets in the protagonists guns. On the upside, it is pacy and full of action. Also, I liked the ending a lot, which brought the whole story around full circle, which was a nice touch.
As zombie action films go, I thought it was pretty good. I didn't love it because it wasn't gory enough for my personal zombie taste and, played straight as it was, there was no real tension, because I didn't care about any of the people as I knew nothing about them (except that they had never seen a zombie film - shoot for head, folks.......the head!).
Worth a look though, definitely.