Forget Paris, this is Sparta!

ImageLa Horde (ThHorde)

Year: 2009

Director: Yannick Dahan / Benjamin Rocher

Country: France

The film starts as a generic showdown between cops and gangsters before zombies show up, turning it into the bastard child of Towering Inferno and Day of the Dead; just replace the tall building in San Francisco with the France’s dingiest crack-house and George Romero with one of his proteges. The body count and bullet spray are just as befuddled as they are slickly executed.La Horde is no moody psychological study about the undead; just a balls-super-glued-to- the-wall zombie apocalypse thriller.

The zombies do have gnarly makeup on which warms my heart, but they seem way too quick on their feet.  George Romero will tell you that slumbering zombies are a lot scarier. Maybe that’s why most of us much rather die instantly. A biochemical accident over a stabbing incident, thank you very much.

There’s also a tribute to Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible that makes my sun shine a little brighter.

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