International Zombie of Mystery: Undead Without Borders

La Horde starring Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, and Eriq Ebonuaney
La Horde starring Claude Perron, Jean-Pierre Martins, and Eriq Ebonuaney
We’ve talked about various kinds of zombies here at Criminal Element, and it would be remiss of us to leave out the international zombie. Now the zombie craze isn’t solely a American thing. Though George Romero did his part in making the zombie we all know and love a household-monster on par with Universal’s Fearsome Foursome (Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, and Mummy), certain international outlets have taken the sub-genre and run with it.

One such international movie is La Horde, or in the event you don’t speak French, The Horde. The movie is about a group of policemen out for vengeance after a brother-in-blue dies at the hands of a drug dealer who’s fortified his position in an abandoned building, natch. Now what elevates this from Crime/Action-Movie to campy greatness is the addition of the Zombie Apocalypse. I swear, you’d think the undead were like pepper at this point: just add liberally to any trope and BAM!

That being said, the movie isn’t terrible and could have stood on its own without the undead menace, but then you’d just have a less martial-arts filled version of The Seige.

It would also be incredibly negligent of us not to mention the Italians, who have comepletely mastered the B-Movie style zombie. Their movies go from the somewhat good [REC] series to the ridiculously gore filled Zombi 2, directed by what I can only assume is Italy’s version of Roger Corman, Lucio Fulci. The incredible scene below is taken from that film and features a zombie fighting a shark. Just watch the little undead lamprey go!


  1. Deborah Lacy

    The shark doesn’t even seem to fight back. Do they explain that by saying the shark doesn’t consider the zombie food?
    What a zombie has to go through for a little sea food…

  2. Clare 2e

    I do think filming the scenes required bravery, since there are no visible air tanks and the shark looks razor-toothed real, but. . . with the music, I can’t tell if they’re fighting or at a school dance. Zombie Lurv Sharkie!

  3. Deborah Lacy

    @clare2e – I agree the filming does require bravery and they do look like they are dancing.

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