The Horde (2009 film)

The Horde (French title: 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]

The Horde
French film poster
Directed byBenjamin Rocher
Yannick Dahan
Produced byRaphaël Rocher
Screenplay byArnaud Bordas
Yannick Dahan
Stephane Moissakis
Benjamin Rocher
StarringClaude Perron
Jean-Pierre Martins
Eriq Ebouaney
Aurélien Recoing
Doudou Masta
Antoine Oppenheim
Jo Prestia
Yves Pignot
Music byChristopher Lennertz
CinematographyJulien Meurice
Edited byDimitri Amar
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 plot revolves around a group of Parisian policemen who embark on a mission of vengeance after one of their colleagues dies at the hands of a notorious drug dealer holed up inside 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 find themselves confronted by an altogether different opponent, zombies. Cops and criminals must now forge an uneasy alliance to defeat the undead.[14]



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


La horde won two Garner awards for the Best Screenplay and Best Special Effects or Cinematography at Fantasporto Film Festival.[16]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 39% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 4.8/10.[17]


The film premiered on August 28, 2009 in London as part of the London FrightFest Film Festival.[18] It had a cinema release with 200 screens in France on February 10, 2010.[19] In December 2009 IFC Films acquired the rights for the U.S. release.[20] It was part of the Sitges Film Festival in 2009.[21] The film had a limited U.S. theatrical release in August 2010.[22]


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