March 5, 2013

Retroview: Tuff Fest I: Movie 1: La Horde

A Retroview Review. 
Luke here, back with a new limited series where I talk about like 60 movies over the next 60 days. Click here for an explanation. Read on for the quick and dirty review!

La Horde French indie zombie flick that explores the concept of a zombie apocalypse in a new way. Well, okay honestly it’s still a survival horror movie, but the characters themselves are what really sell movies whose premises are as well taxed as “zombie survival horror.” The characters’ interactions with not only one another, but the zombies themselves, for the first time showed that there can be a collection of cool and calculating people in the middle of an “end of the world situation” … and that even these people will react in unexpected and sometimes terrifying ways when put under pressure. There is a stronger sense of hopelessness in La Horde than American zombie movies, which is most certainly linked to their filmmaker’s cultural differences, which was what made La Horde most appealing. Not the strongest movie ever, but I was pleased to see at least one current zombie movie that felt a little more realistic.

-Luke Hunter James-Erickson
To see all the movies written about so far, click here: Tuff Fest I
Again, for an explanation, click here: Introduction to Tuff Fest I
To suggest movies I should schedule for Get Tuff Fest II, e-mail me:

Btw, props to Beth for the suggestion.

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