The Horde (2016) Horror Movie Reviews
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Jared Cohn
Writer: Paul Logan
Producer: Doreen Bennett, Joel Bennett, et. al.
Date Released: May 6, 2016
Sydney Sweeney as Hailey Summers
Vernon Wells as Earl
Bill Moseley as Jacob Sutter
Matthew Willig as Stone
Costas Mandylor as Cylus Atkinson
Paul Logan as John Crenshaw
Nestor Serrano as Sheriff Randall Clay
Tiffany Brouwer as Selina Duboix
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The film follows John Crenshaw, an ex-Navy Seal, as he accompanies his girlfriend and her students on a weekend photography trip to the lake. Soon after their arrival, the former Navy seal finds himself on a rescue mission to save the woman he loves as well as her students from a town of psychotic mutated cannibals lead by escaped convicts who have spent the last three years of their lives cooking meth. What should be an educational and fun-filled weekend turns into horror as the group is besieged by an unspeakable evil – a horde of hideously disfigured, mutated humans with an insatiable taste for blood. As things go from bad to worse, Crenshaw becomes their only hope if they are going to get out alive.
The movie contains a lot of painful violence and torture which will make anyone cringe. There is a graphic scene of a young man being dismembered with an electric saw. He is later seen still alive, missing both arms and both legs, bleeding profusely. A girl is seen being nailed on the table, very explicitly shown. There was a scene of a woman with her skull repeatedly bashed against a tree, leaving chunks of flesh and hair behind. Throughout the film, several characters are killed quite brutally, being shot, stabbed, burned or dismembered.
The Grave Review
The Horde (2018) certainly has a lot of nasty gore and a few of the effects are particularly gross. The makeup for the mutated locals has some good variety employed to portray disfigured faces and limbs. Although how radiation and inbreeding caused one of them to become some kind of tree-man is interesting and seem far-fetched. The interior sets are lit far more effectively than anything else in the story and there are several visually pleasing, if disgusting sets used for drug labs and torture chambers.
The Horde (2018), starring Paul Logan, is a really good attempt at genre mashing. It takes elements of horror and action mixes them up fairly well; giving the audience a different scenario than your typical horror film. In most genre flicks, your protagonist is generally helpless with no experience in survival. In this film, we see the other side of the coin. The hunters become the hunted as John Crenshaw unmercifully hunts each one of the killer town folk using Navy seal tactics and precision. It’s safe to say once the killing starts to ramp up–it never slows down.
The character development of the core group of protagonists is done well. Each character was an individual, and the acting throughout the entire movie is noticeably good. Better yet, the concept is original and fun. There are definitely elements that will remind you of films from the past.
The back story on the cannibals and convicts coming together to form an alliance needed a bit more details which the film never delved into.
The Horde (2018) is a pretty original concept with valiant efforts. If you’re looking for a fun action/horror movie, The Horde is worth the watch if you are a big fun of Rambo and the like.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews give The Horde (2018) two and half graves out of five graves.
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