It doesn’t get more basic or more (potentially) great in genre films than locking unlikely parties in some kind of fortress that forces them to work together to fight back some kind of grand ambush. Just look at pinnacles of the genre like Assault on Precinct 13 and Day of the Dead as for how much great thematic weight and perfect action setpieces can be pulled out of the simple premises that set their narratives in motion.
La Horde fits perfectly into this kind of story, as a group of French cops plan to take out a drug cartel that is responsible for the death of one of their partners who are forced to work together to fight off a horde of zombies.
La Horde has the perfect sheen of a eurotrash thriller throughout its runtime, which works to both its benefit and its determent. The movie doesn’t look terrible and the blood and gore that the eventual zombie attacks accrue is enough to satisfy any budding gore-hound, but the human drama that takes up the majority of the movie is incredibly uninteresting…..but like we said, it looks slick and when the blood starts flying, it does so with relish, so at least the movie isn’t wholly ugly to look at.
As such, though, those familiar with the trappings of the eurotrash thriller will recognize the beats telegraphed by the film’s look and will know to just skip directly to the zombie killing.
The zombies themselves are never really explained, which is smart, and they are fast running zombies, if that’s your thing. This sets up a great final scene where an incredible amount of flesh-eaters come storming into the house our characters are holed up in and come flooding down staircases and cramming through doorways as the bullets and blood fly in equal amounts. This is far and away the best section of the movie and is likely enough to even convince the most die-hard opponents of the fast zombie that this permutation of the myth has its charms and its purposes.
As it sits within the pantheon of ambushed group and zombie movies, La Horde is middle of the road. Nothing worth seeking out or even defending, but there are some mild pleasures to have in watching the characters play against each other and the zombie action is never boring, but it is also never revelatory.
La Horde is simply another pass at well-worn material that can’t help but yield some interesting results thanks to the incredible malleability of its premise and the heritage that it follows.
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Written by: JJ Perkins