I finally got around to watching The Horde this weekend. Actually, since I find dubbed movies to be annoying, I watched La Horde and read the subtitles. If you’re looking for a deep zombie film that makes you think, this isn’t the one. If you’re looking for some non-stop action and carnage, you should definitely put The Horde on your ‘to watch’ list.
The Horde is just over an hour and a half long, but you don’t see the first zombie until about twenty minutes into the movie. Up until that point, what you’re watching is a violent revenge movie telling the story of some rogue cops who set out to avenge the death of one of their own. They invade a mostly abandoned apartment complex that is the base of operations for Nigerian gangster Adewale. Things aren’t going well for the out-gunned officers. They’re captured by Adewale and his crew and are about to be killed when things start getting weird, like ‘dead people coming back to life’ weird. They all realize that the city has been overrun by the undead and their best chance of survival is to join forces and escape the building. After that, the rest of the movie is a tense bloodbath that rarely takes its foot off the accelerator.
There really isn’t anything new here. It’s a pretty basic story that leaves out any sort of explanation of why the dead are reanimating. I didn’t find any of the characters even slightly likeable, except for the crazy old man that is brought in for some comic relief. There are parts of the movie that are very unrealistic, like the fact that no one seems to figure out the whole head-shot thing or the fistfight between one of the characters and hundreds of zombies, which was actually pretty epic. Of course, zombie movies aren’t really the place to be looking for realism. While the movie does fall short in a few places, the zombies are great. Fast, dirty, and vicious, they’re the kind of zombies that are frightening in a one-on-one fight and don’t need a bunch of friends to take down a human.
Overall, The Horde isn’t a great film. It was pretty average in a lot of ways, but gets an extra star from me for its sheer, non-stop brutality, which makes it a movie worth checking out.