Really glad to be promoting this one, I watched the screener and loved it. There's a glut of Zombie movies at the moment but The Horde has a neat mix of French Crime Movie style and undead carnage, plus great gory effects.
‘Assault On Precinct 13’ meets ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ in The Horde, the latest addition to the ever-rising wave of superlative French horror cinema. Winner of the International Fantasy Film Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Fantasporto International Film Festival, this impressive debut feature from writing-directing team Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher is a must-see for zombie movie fans, not least because it features some of the most awesome, edge-of-your-seat, close-combat human versus zombie beat-downs ever committed to film.
When a high-ranking and well-respected police detective is found murdered by a gang of homicidal mobsters, a small group of his closest colleagues on the force take it upon themselves to avenge his death vigilante-style. Heavily armed and determined to see justice done, they manage to infiltrate the upper floors of the suburban high-rise apartment block that serves as the criminals’ hideout. But during the raid things go wrong and the cops find themselves overcome by the gang, who take them prisoner and begin to torture them.
Meanwhile, one ground level, the gang’s lookout men become aware of a strange disturbance in the streets immediately surrounding the building, with the sounds of explosions and sirens filling the air. Incredibly, it becomes apparent that the commotion is being caused by ever-growing crowds of crazed people with a hunger for human flesh. It’s not long before the gang of criminals and their captive cops realize they are trapped together on the top floor of an unfortified building that is becoming rapidly infested with blood-thirsty legions of the living dead. Their only chance of making it to ground level and getting out of the situation alive is to join forces, but with their numbers dwindling and each side having a score to settle, the odds of survival really don’t look good for anyone with a pulse.
Starring Claude Perron (Chrysalis; Amelie), Eriq Ebouaney (Thirst; Transporter 3), Aurelien Récoing (Intimate Enemies) and Doudou Masta (Arthur And The Minimoys), The Horde is an action-packed, axe-swinging, gun-toting, ass-kicking zombie flick that pulls out all the stops to breathe refreshing new life into the genre.
The Horde (cert. 18, tbc) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by Momentum Pictures on 20th September 2010. Special Features include: ‘Making of’ featurette; ‘Rivoallan’ (9-minute short film); zombie concept art; storyboards; teaser trailer; Easter Egg – rehearsal of a scene.
The blu on Amazon Germany is listed as 'uncut' and 7 mins longer than the French one. Neither list English subs though.
Yeah, I'm trying to work out what country this hi-def 'naughty' version has come from. I'm not that bothered about having a film like this in the original French, so dubbed English wouldn't be a problem, but the German version is dubbed into German and I can't see which other countries would include an English DTS soundtrack.
Amazon Germany say Uncut about most films, as they usually release 2 cuts, one hacked to death and one standard cut everyone else gets.
I wouldn't take to much stock of UNCUT being on the packing and extra footage. I got the German version of Far Cry the other day, it also says UNCUT in big words, but it is just the standard cut as far as I know we get everywhere else.
But hey who knows, Germany do the odd extended cut once in a while (Resident Evil Apocalypse and Crank spring to mind). So if it is so it would be good to know an extended cut is out there, and Japan will get it in the end like they usually do but at a cost!
This Uncut version is the official Austrian release and I think it really is uncut. I guess it's not officially sold by Amazon because it's not the German verion. Most likely it will only have German subtitles anyway.
I bought the Blu Ray from France (no subtitles whatsoever) and planned on replacing it with ours when it comes out, but not with a dvd.
Ahh yes the few German extended/uncut discs I have got are not cheap either after you hunt them down, some sites sell them at high prices as they know its hard to get em.
I got someone to get me some when they last went over, cheapest way but not exactly something we can do often.
Jowy - Thanks for the info on the Aussie Blu. Nice to know places are getting it.