Movie of the Month: The Horde (2009, Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher)
So, this wasn't the best movie I saw this month, but I was on a zombie kick this month, and it was the best zombie movie I saw. So there's that.
The Horde stands out from all the horror movies I've seen recently not because it's French or because it's darker than most of them put together, but because it has the balls to be what so many of the other ones are too toothless to be: unpredictable.
This month, among others, I saw Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and George Romero's Land of the Dead. In both cases, the viewer can guess who's going to live and die and, what's worse, in what order they'll go.
The Horde starts with a bang, as a group of four cops bent on revenge of a murdered comrade storm a drug operation, only to be suddenly met with the threat of zombies attacking the complex. The zombie scenes are brutal and memorable, and not so excessive that the violence becomes meaningless; meanwhile, subjects like loyalty, family, humanity, brutality and ambition are tackled with a surprising amount of class. The actors provide memorable performances, the movie doesn't kill them off in order of their importance to the script and the ending will stick with me for a while. This is what a horror movie should offer, and what so few seem to have the guts to provide.
Anyway, I saw a lot this month, so I expect to prattle quite a bit. What have you seen?