Calidude, this one’s for you. I may have been remiss in not sufficiently hyping The Horde‘s position on the Frightfest roster, but I can at least make it up to you by bringing you the trailer. Watch that embedded after the break but first, a little background.
This cops, robbers and zombies film is the debut of the writer and director team Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher, and was produced by Xavier Gens, director of Frontière(s) and Hitman. It tells the story of cops and mobsters teaming up when a wave of the undead come crashing in. And boy – what a wave it is. This trailer ends with some of the most zombie-saturated footage that I’ve ever seen. Huuuuuge numbers of the grabby, bitey things.
See for yourself:
And there we have it – another year, another French horror film to get everybody going. About time it was a zombie picture, too.
This particular undead uprising is being pitched as an ‘end of days’ battle, a flesh-eating apocalypse. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pleasantly bleak to me. A lot of my favourite zombie yarns have been wrapped up with a completely pessimistic finish, perhaps inevitably. In this case, making all of the cops corrupt in the first place adds even more salt.
I don’t know if there’s really an Assault on Precinct 13 inspiration at work here, but I think I could smell one. Perhaps Nid de Guêpes, Florent Emilio Siri’s awesome gallic spin on that same cooped-up-cops subgenre. It’s tricky to tell if the film is going to run for any time before the zombies appear or if they’re gonna burst in near the beginning, but it could be fun to have the turning point come at least a little way in. That certainly worked for From Dusk ‘Til Dawn.