Thursday, December 2, 2010

Candidate # 6


(August 2009)

Guns and drugs, blood and guts, adorn Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher’s La Horde, where the unfolding scenario interrupted by the latest zombie apocalypse is a violent vendetta.
And as the running, ravening undead lay siege to a decrepit, condemned building, enemies must enter an uneasy truce to survive the ordeal.

With Alain Figlarz as stunt coordinator (Figlarz also choreographed the fight scenes in Babylon A.D. and Chrysalis and worked on Aurélien Poitrimoult’s Green Hornet short), this one’s a kick-ass, adrenalized ride. Things move so quickly and decisively, that there’s precious little time afforded to question why the dead are coming back to animated life and why their bites are contagious. Of course, given that the main characters of La Horde are cops and crooks, we really shouldn’t expect any lengthy bouts of circumspection regarding the situation they all find themselves in.

For the record, I had more fun with La Horde than the other zombie apocalypse entry currently vying for a ¡Qué Horror! slot next year, Candidate #4, Mark McQueen’s Devil’s Playground.

Parting shot: A review of Chrysalis can be found lurking in the Archive.

(La Horde OS courtesy of

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