The Horde (2009 film)

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The Horde
French film poster
FrenchLa Horde
Directed byBenjamin Rocher
Yannick Dahan
Screenplay byArnaud Bordas
Yannick Dahan
Stephane Moissakis
Benjamin Rocher
Produced byRaphaël Rocher
StarringClaude Perron
Jean-Pierre Martins
Eriq Ebouaney
Aurélien Recoing
Doudou Masta
Antoine Oppenheim
Jo Prestia
Yves Pignot
CinematographyJulien Meurice
Edited byDimitri Amar
Music byChristopher Lennertz
Capture [The Flag] Films
Le Pacte
Distributed byLe Pacte
Release date
  • 28 August 2009 (2009-08-28)
Running time
96 minutes
Budget$2 million[1]
Box office$688,225[2][3]

The Horde (French: La Horde) is a 2009 French horror film[4][5] co-written and directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher.[6] It stars Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney and Aurélien Recoing.[7][8][9][10][11]


A group of French policemen embark on a mission of vengeance after a colleague is killed by a notorious drug dealer. He is holed up in a condemned high-rise in the heart of a derelict and corrupt Paris neighborhood (ZUP[12]). They storm the social housing complex with the intent of taking him down,[13] but the operation is a failure and the team is captured. Suddenly, both sides are confronted by an altogether different opponent, zombies. Cops and criminals must now forge an uneasy alliance to survive the undead onslaught.[14]



The film was shot in Paris, France in 2008 and released in 2009. The film was released in North America in 2010.[15]


The film premiered on August 28, 2009 in London as part of the London FrightFest Film Festival.[16] It had a cinema release with 200 screens in France on February 10, 2010.[17] In December 2009 IFC Films acquired the rights for the U.S. release.[18] It was part of the Sitges Film Festival in 2009.[19] The film had a limited U.S. theatrical release in August 2010.[20]


The film won two Garner awards for the Best Screenplay and Best Special Effects or Cinematography at Fantasporto Film Festival.[21]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. The film holds a 45% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 20 critical reviews with an average rating of 4.81/10.[22]


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  2. ^ "The Horde". Box Office Mojo.
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  4. ^ "La Horde". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03.
  5. ^ Rohit Rao (2010-12-21). "The Horde". DVD Talk.
  6. ^ "La Horde Trailer: French Zombie Film Produced by Xavier Gens". Film Junk.
  7. ^ "The Horde Moving to Theatres Soon".
  8. ^ "Teaser Trailer for "THE HORDE" is Finally here!". Archived from the original on 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
  9. ^ "First teaser for Yannick Dahan's gangster zombie flick THE HORDE (LA HORDE)".
  10. ^ "New Clip and Website for The Horde". 4 September 2012.
  11. ^ "New Image for LA HORDE (aka THE HORDE)". Archived from the original on 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  12. ^ ZUP fr:Zone à urbaniser en priorité
  13. ^ "Horror Film to Watch: 'The Horde'". 8 July 2008.
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  15. ^ Total Film
  16. ^ "Incredible Film4 FRIGHTFEST lineup announced!".
  17. ^ "Last Minute Recutting of French Zombie Flick 'The Horde'". 16 January 2010.
  18. ^ "IFC 'Horde' French Zombie Movie". 28 October 2010.
  19. ^ "SITGES 09: And the full lineup includes..."
  20. ^ "New Clip, Website for French Zombie Flick 'The Horde'". 20 April 2010.
  21. ^ "Several Genre Films Garner Awards at Fantasporto Film Festival". 10 August 2012.
  22. ^ "The Horde (La Horde) (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 May 2020.

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