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Frightfest 2015: ‘Rabid Dogs’ Review

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Stars: François Arnaud, Franck Gastambide, Guillaume Gouix, Lambert Wilson, Gabrielle Lazure, Pierre Lebeau, Virginie Ledoyen, Nicolas Paquin, Hedi Rian, Nathaly Thibault, Gisèle Trépanier, Christopher Tyson | Written by Yannick Dahan, Éric Hannezo, Benjamin Rataud | Directed by Éric Hannezo

I’m not ashamed to admit that, as a die-hard horror fan, there are still some gaps in my movie-watching history. The original Rabid Dogs, directed by the Italian legend that is Mario Bava, is one such film (something I should correct given the film has recently had the Arrow Video treatment). It’s a situation that meant I was headed into this redux with no prior knowledge of the original.

Once again based on the Michael J. Carroll short story “Man and Boy”, this new take on the story – from first-time director Éric Hannezo and The Horde co-writer/director Yannick Dahan – sees three desperate criminals take a young woman and a father
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The 2000′s: A Vital Decade in Horror Cinema (pt 2)

Special Mention: The Fake Trailers from Grindhouse (2007, USA): The four fake trailers featured in the otherwise disappointing Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double-feature: Machete by Robert Rodriguez, Werewolf Women of the SS by Rob Zombie, Thanksgiving by Eli Roth and Don’t by Edgar Wright-are all very entertaining trips down horror/exploitation film memory lane and are easily the best part of the film.

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2) Other Notable Horror Films Of The 2000’s:

This list focuses on films that are partially successful and even touch on brilliance at times but ultimately don’t pull everything together to fully deliver on their promise.

Intacto (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 2001, Spain):

This film about a group of people blessed with supernatural good luck has a great premise, several great scenes-the revelation of the plane crash early in the film, the blindfolded race through the trees and the Russian roulette climax-plus the welcome presence of
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Now On DVD – Gruesome French Zombie Flick “La Horde” Starring “Lumumba”

I profiled this French zombie flick, titled La Horde, back in May.

Soon thereafter, IFC’s new genre label, IFC Midnight, acquired it for distribution, with plans to premiere the film simultaneously in theaters and on VOD in August, with an eventual DVD release later.

Well… it’s later.

A quick recap… You should remember Eriq Ebouaney… his highest profile role likely being in Raoul Peck’s wonderful 2000 film Lumumba, as the titular character.

In, La Horde (The Horde), co-directed by Frenchmen Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocherhe, Ebouaney leads a pack of crooked cops and malevolent gangsters in a life/death battle against a horde of the walking dead – aka zombies.

Stuck on the top floor of a deserted high-rise block, in this gruesome, tight, action-packed, claustrophobic tale of retribution and escape, two opposing groups (the crooked cops and the gangsters) find that they are not alone in the lair of bloodthirsty corridors of death.
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: December 21st - Mega Shark is the Devil in Dead Space

We now have even more proof that holiday revelers are not thinking about horror as there are only three notable titles this week. What do you think about Devil being released so close to this religious holiday?

Zombie fans among us should appreciate The Horde; however, if The Foywonder's recent tweet is any indication, Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus may not be a shiny present from Santa after all.

For the gamers out there, your early Xmas present just arrived in the form of a downloadable Dead Space 2 (watch trailer) demo arriving today on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.

Devil

Directed by The Dowdle Brothers (Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle)

Starring Jacob Vargas, Bokeem Woodbine, Chris Messina, Matt Craven

Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil (Blu-ray DVD review) is among them – and no one can escape their fate. This chilling, supernatural thriller from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense,
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La Horde or La Fin du La Monde?: A Horror Movie Review

*La Horde aka The Horde releases on DVD today and here writer Ed Sum adds his thoughts.

Directors: Yannick Dahan, and Benjamin Rocher.

Writers: Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher, Arnaud Bordas, and Stéphane Moïssakis.

Is it the end of the world already? The widely anticipated North American DVD release of La Horde will hit stores Dec 21st, 2010. This video will certainly be one to delight fans who are familiar with the stars of French entertainment—actor Eriq Ebouaney (Cape of Good Hope, Kingdom of Heaven) plays Markudi and rapper Doudou Masta plays Bola, his brother. They demonstrate a chemistry that’s normally reserved for a Quentin Tarantino product.

This engagement helps because what happens throughout the film is atypical for a gangster flick. After the murder of a detective at the start of the film, certain members of the French police decide to go vigilante on the worst night possible for life in Paris.
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Announcing the Top Five International Horror Films for 2010!

Well, we have taken a look at the "Best of" on the domestic circuit, in relation to indie films. Now, let us go global to track down the best in international horror. This is a year where the vile was unleashed with the Human Centipede to the action oriented zombie film the Devil's Playground. This reviewer admits a weakness in the areas of Asian and Italian films, from abroad. If it is not Takashi Miike, then this movie lover has likely not heard of it. Giallo is another film genre that does not appeal here.

However, there were several good outings from Scandinavian countries like Dead Snow and French horror continues towards an apex with movies such as La Horde and High Lane. Some unreleased projects like the serial killer franchise Fritt Vilt 3 (Cold Prey 3) will be included in this list. So, sit back, relax and let this movie reviewer
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Rita Hayworth Wants You to Have a Merry Christmas and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"The Films of Rita Hayworth"

Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

A collection of five of the brunette bombshell's films -- the 1944 Gene Kelly musical "Cover Girl" and her most famous film "Gilda," as well as the 1945 musical "Tonight and Every Night," "Miss Sadie Thompson" and "Salome," which are making their first appearance on DVD -- with introductions by Martin Scorsese on "Tonight and Every Night," Baz Luhrmann on "Cover Girl" and Patricia Clarkson on "Miss Sadie Thompson," the original trailers for each of the films and a featurette with Scorsese and Luhrmann comparing notes on "Gilda."

"Angel"

Directed by François Ozon

Released by Mpi Home Video

It's been a long journey for French filmmaker Ozon's first fully-English film - he's already made three others since "Angel" premiered at Berlinale in 2007, but it boasts a bunch of big names including Michael Fassbender,
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M. Night Shyamalan's Devil and La Horde to Release on DVD/Blu-ray December 21st

Two notable horror films will release on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. The titles include M. Night Shyamalan's Devil and Yannick Dahan's La Horde, or The Horde. Devil has been given some attention in a review on 28Dla; the review can be found here: Devil Movie Review. 28Dla writer, Ed Sum described the film as "what Shyamalan has created has the scope of being something larger than life." So, there is definitely some intrigue in the film. As well, the French film La Horde has made some waves by putting some thrills and action back into the coming zombie apocalypse. An international trailer for this film has previously been posted here: La Horde International Trailer.

Both of these titles will be made available December 21st and these releases will each host a whole slew of extras. The special features and more details on these films can be found inside.
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French Zombie Film 'The Horde' Coming to DVD in Us

IFC Films is reportedly releasing the French Zombie film The Horde to DVD on December 1st in the USA. The undead will be outnumbering humans just in time for the Holiday season.

As we reported back in May, The Horde was directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher and was a hit at the Venice Film Festival, London’s FrightFest Film Festival and at this year’s Colcoa (City of Lights City of Angels). The film premiered in theaters and on VOD under the IFC Midnight label in August. Check out the trailer below the synopsis.

Synopsis:

"Paris is burning, chaos reigns, and the undead are everywhere in The Horde, but the usual all-too-human bad behavior continues in this chilling Zombie flick from France. After a policeman is brutally murdered by a criminal gang, four of his colleagues, including the dead man’s former girlfriend, plot revenge. They ambush the gang’s run-down high-rise base,
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The Horde Gathers for a North American Rampage on DVD December 21st!

IFC Films and Mpi Media Group will be distributing the French zombie apocalypse film La Horde to North American audiences December 21st. The release has been infected with several extra features including: a making of featurette, a short film prequel (Rivoallan), deleted scenes, an alternate opening and several more (Fangoria). Lots more from this list of special features are below along with a new English dubbed trailer for this bloodfest of a film. Check out all the details inside.

The synopsis for La Horde here:

"North of Paris, in order to avenge the murder of one of their own by a group of ruthless gangsters, four corrupt cops go on a rampage in a condemned building serving as the mobster's hideout. Now trapped, the officers are about to be executed when the unimaginable occurs; hordes of rage-fueled zombies invade the building, savagely attacking everyone. Unexpected alliances are made when their
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DVD Specs For French Zombie Flick The Horde

Here are the DVD specs for French zombie film The Horde from directors Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher.  It is scheduled for release in the U.S. on December 21 by IFC Films and Mpi Media Group and looks pretty awesome.

Full Specs:

 

Making-of featurette Short-film prequel Rivoallan Deleted scenes Alternate opening Drawing studies for the zombies and sets Poster projects Storyboard extracts French teaser U.S. trailer 

 

Synopsis:

The Horde follows a specialized police task force who are out for revenge against a vicious gang that murdered one of their colleagues. The gang and the cops confrontation is interrupted when a zombie horde overtakes the city, trapping the good guys and the bad guys in a tenement building where they have to unite to survive.

Check out the trailer below:
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DVD Review: The Horde

The Horde

Directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher

Starring Jean-Pierre Martins, Claude Perron, Aurélien Recoing, Antoine Oppenheim, Eriq Ebouaney, Doudou Masta, Jo Prestia

Momentum Pictures Home Ent

Release date: September 20, 2010 (UK); December 21, 2010 DVD | (U.S.)

At the funeral of murdered French police officer Rivoallan, a group of his colleagues vow to get vengeance for their fallen friend. Their target is the Markudis, a notorious gang of Nigerians operating out of a condemned apartment block in a tough, long forgotten part of the city. Ouessem (Jean-Pierre Martins), Aurore (Claude Perron), Jimenez (Aurélien Recoing), and Tony (Antoine Oppenheim) storm their hideout which kickstarts a turn of events as their night goes from bad to the very worst.

As the fight begins and the gang takes the upper hand, the building is besieged by the undead. Now the surviving crims and cops must work together if they are to make their way to ground alive.
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DVD Review: The Horde

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The Horde (aka La Horde)

Stars: Claude Perron, Jean Pierre Martins, Eriq Ebouaney, Aurelien Recoing, Doudou Masta, Antoine Oppenhiem | Written and Directed by Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher

Following the death of their friend at the hands of some local mobsters, a small group of police detectives decide to infiltrate the high-rise apartment block that is the mobsters hideout to seek out some vigilante-style justice. However things go wrong and the cops find one of their number dead and the rest are taken prisoner by the gang. But that’s the least of their worries…

It’s not long before everyone realizes they are trapped together in a high-rise that is rapidly becoming infested with blood-thirsty legions of the living dead! Their only chance of getting it out alive is to join forces, but with their numbers dwindling and tensions between the cops and crooks running high, the odds of survival
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This week's new films

Winter's Bone (15)

(Debra Granik, 2010, Us) Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan. 100 mins

What No Country For Old Men did for west Texas, this striking landscape thriller does for Missouri's Ozark mountains. This is no country for poor women: an insular rural community clouded by drugs and patriarchy where they do things their way. So when Ree learns her father's skipped bail, and the family home was his security, she must ask difficult questions in dangerous places – chiefly among her extended outlaw family. Tough suspense, documentary-like observation and character drama are perfectly balanced.

I'm Still Here (15)

(Casey Affleck, 2010, Us) Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Combs, Anthony Langdon. 107 mins

What was Joaquin thinking? This film won't clear that up, but it at least shows you what he was doing: taking drugs, falling out with friends and the movie biz, rapping badly and descending into mumbling incoherence – apparently.

The Other Guys (12A)

(Adam McKay, 2010, Us) Will Ferrell,
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UK Readers: Bring The Horde Home on DVD for Free!

The French have been pumping out some of the best slices of genre cinema in recent years, and The Horde (or La horde in its native language) is no exception. Now, courtesy of Momentum Pictures we have three copies of the brand new DVD to give away!

Synopsis:

Assault On Precinct 13’ meets ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ in The Horde, the latest addition to the ever-rising wave of superlative French horror cinema. Winner of the International Fantasy Film Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Fantasporto International Film Festival, this impressive debut feature from writing-directing team Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher is a must-see for zombie movie fans, not least because it features some of the most awesome edge-of-your-seat, close-combat human versus zombie beat-downs ever committed to film.

When a high-ranking and well-respected police detective is found murdered by a gang of homicidal mobsters, a small group of
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The Horde (2009) Movie Review No. 2

The new wave of French horror marches on relentlessly with “The Horde”, a fast paced zombie thriller which marks the debut of writer directors Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher. Having won Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Fantasporto International Film Festival, the film has been building up a fair amount of buzz as a superior example of the post “28 Days Later” sprinting ghoul apocalyptic subgenre. With a vaguely recognisable cast that includes the likes of Claude Perron (“Amelie”), Eriq Ebouaney (“Transporter 3”), Aurelien Récoing (“Intimate Enemies”) and Doudou Masta (“Arthur and the Minimoys”), the film keeps the brutal action coming thick and fast, with Dahan and Rocher aiming for a hard boiled edge in the style of classic John Carpenter. The plot is neatly streamlined, and quickly gets down to business as a bunch of cops break into an abandoned high rise apartment block where a gang of drug dealers are hiding out,
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Sink Your Teeth into La Horde's UK-Exclusive Trailer

With co-directors Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher’s zombietastic action-horror La Horde (The Horde) slated for a September 17th theatrical release in the UK (with DVD to follow on the 20th), we’ve gotten our hands on a slightly early peek at the UK-exclusive trailer. Chow down!

From the Press Release:

Assault On Precinct 13’ meets ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ in The Horde, the latest addition to the ever-rising wave of superlative French horror cinema. Winner of the International Fantasy Film Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Fantasporto International Film Festival, this impressive debut feature from writing-directing team Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher is a must-see for zombie movie fans, not least because it features some of the most awesome edge-of-your-seat, close-combat human versus zombie beat-downs ever committed to film.

When a high-ranking and well-respected police detective is found murdered by a gang of homicidal mobsters, a
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French Zombie Flick ‘The Horde’ Trailer

IFC Films has just posted a trailer for their French zombie film “The Horde” directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher to YouTube.

A brief summary: “In order to avenge the murder of one of their own by a group of ruthless gangsters, four corrupt cops go on a rampage against the mob responsible.

A horde of bloodthirsty cannibal zombies complicates matters.”
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Watch: Official Us Trailer for French Zombie Film 'The Horde'

IFC Films has debuted a new official Us trailer on YouTube for the release of The Horde, a French zombie film that we've been writing about since earlier this year. I'm sure a few of you probably already have a copy of this on DVD, but for those of us in the Us who are zombie fans, this is really our first chance to check it out. I like the gritty style of horror/genre films coming out of France these days, so I'm interested in seeing this, but this trailer is pretty awful, especially the shitty dubbing (not to mention that cheesy voice over). I don't know why they did that, but if you're into zombie movies (or French flicks) then check it out anyway. Watch the official Us trailer for Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher's The Horde: The Horde, or just La Horde in French, is set on
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Official Trailer Debut - IFC's The Horde

The Horde (La horde) is finally available on demand via Comcast, Cox, Cablevision, Bright House and Time Warner Cable, and to celebrate the flick's release, we have a brand spanking new trailer just waiting for your blood-hungry eyes to feast upon.

Synopsis

In order to avenge the murder of one of their own by a gang of ruthless gangsters, four corrupt cops go on a rampage in a condemned building which serves as the mobsters’ hangout. Now trapped, the officers are about to be executed when the unimaginable occurs: hordes of bloodthirsty, cannibalistic creatures invade the building, savagely attacking everyone. Unexpected alliances are made when their lives are threatened by the unthinkable. Directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher.

Check out the trailer below along with several new stills.

The Horde - Official Trailer

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