The Horde – a New Horror by Jared Cohn

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If you are a fan of the classic slasher movie, than the trailer for The Horde promises you everything you love.

The film follows ex-Navy Seal John Crenshaw (Paul Logan) as he accompanies his girlfriend and her students on a weekend nature-photography expedition deep in the woods. What should be an educational and fun-filled trip 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. With the stakes higher than ever, John must once again embrace the life he left behind and become the unstoppable combat soldier he was to track down and kill the horde. The mutants have no idea who they are up against when the hunters become the prey in this life-or-death, kill-or-be-killed conflict that proves how much one man will do and endure to save the woman he loves and get them out of this Hell alive.

Directed by Jared Cohn (Little Dead Rotting Hood) and produced by a partnership between 313 Films and Razors Edge Productions it shows promise. There isn’t a huge cast of A-list actors, but it does have several well known faces including Paul Logan(Mega Piranha), Bill Mosely(Repo! The Genetic Opera), Costas Mandylor(Saw IV) and Vernon Wells (Power Rangers: Time Force).

If you want absolutely no spoilers, then I suggest you stop reading now and just watch the trailer.

(warning spoilers)

This movies combines elements of Friday the 13th and Rambo with a bit of Manos, Hands of Fate.

On the Friday the 13th end you get camping, helpless teens, screaming, blood, gore, a little bit of sexy lingerie and a nice chunk of beefcake (a nice switch here.) You have stereotypical span of personality types. You’ve got the sex obsessed blond and her boyfriend, the rich brat, the intelligent but shy girl and the average guy. You also have the pretty teacher and her ex-Navy Seal beefcake boyfriend. The personalities might be a little overboard, but come on, it’s a slasher film…everything is over board. And following the standard horror-slash formulas you automatically know who is going to die first and who will die the messiest.

The Horde 1On the Rambo end you get some Navy Seal survival action with all the requisite fight and action scenes. You have kicks and punches of course, but you also get the sneak attacks, gun fights and even some fire arrows. This is where the action movie portion kicks into gear and the body count really piles up.

And I might be a little over critical, but I automatically thought about Manos, Hands of Fate with the gratuitous dog scene and the long drive to the mountains with repeated scenery. I realize budget constraints had a lot to do with it, and unlike Manos, the long drive scene was actually scenic and used to build a little plot background.

Like any slasher or horror some of it might be difficult for some people to watch with lots of hard ‘R’ rated violence.

To me, the best part of the film was two appearances by a classic kick boxing champion Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson. I haven’t seen him since the last Blood Fist movie. I love seeing stuff like that.

Overall The Horde is a grind house style of an action/horror that gives us all the typical elements of a good slasher-film. I was eager to see it and so should you!

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2 Comments

  1. We get “a nice chunk of beefcake” – hopefully this means that Paul Logan has at least one shirtless scene in this one…….

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