There’s hardly been any doubt, but now it’s really official: France has become the most consistent output of great-looking, extreme, kicks-Hollywood’s-ass horror. Two years ago, we were blessed with the Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo masterwork Inside, and 2008 brought Pascal Laugier’s tough-to-watch exercise in intelligent bleakness Martyrs. This new wave was kickstarted back in 2003 by Alexandre Aja’s slasher-flick-on-overload High Tension, and those sick French bastards have yet to fall back.
Looks like 2009’s installment of the French Horror Assault is upon us: directing duo Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher‘s zombies-vs-mobsters adrenaline fix The Horde, France’s first notable zombie offering (what took them so long?). The plot is basically John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 by way of the Dawn of the Dead remake, only with way more gore: a bunch of crooked cops and even-shadier mobsters are trapped in a building that’s besieged by what seems like a million-heads-sized army of fast, starving flesheaters.
The Horde‘s first teaser trailer is out, and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a French zombie film—-bigger, faster, stronger, grosser. A “teaser” in the truest sense, this trailer shows little, and, honestly, doesn’t set itself apart from the dozens of other zombie flicks in recent years. It’s nothing all that special on the surface, in other words. Regardless, good things can be sensed from it, particularly in the ferocity of the undead shown.
Closing statement: I’m pretty damn excited. [Check the teaser, after the jump]: