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Le peuple ancien (2001)

An archaeological excavation uncovers a manuscript written by a Roman commander in Gaul. Most of the local tribes have been pacified but every year terrible hill people ravage the area. The Romans set out to crush them.


, (story "The Very Old Folk")


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Credited cast:
Romain Chesnel ... Cnaeus Enculius
Henri Debeurme ... Roman Legionary
... Archeolog
Didier Gallon ... Germanicus
Magali Giraudo ... Archeolog
Frederic Jasinski ... Roman Legionary
Nicolas Kolesnikoff ... Nero
Julien Lacombe ... Roman legionnary
Bertrand Lerosey ... Roman Legionary
... Vallerius
Barnaby Wharmby ... Le pendu


This French adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's story 'The Very Old Folk' opens with a modern-day archaeological excavation. An ancient manuscript is discovered that proves to be a record made by a Roman commander in ancient Gaul. It relates that most of the local tribes had been subjugated but that every year the countryside is ravaged by a terrible, savage tribe of hill people who kidnap people to use them in their obscene rituals. The commander leads a unit of his soldiers out to go and crush these barbarous hill-folk. As the Romans leave behind civilization to plunge into the dark depths of the forest they begin to become more nervous. Their fear proves well founded as they approach the dark hills where the tribe practice their bloody rituals. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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20 May 2001 (France)  »

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€10,000 (estimated)
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Very nice Lovecraft Adaptation
13 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Reviewing this one is a bit tough, because the film is in French and has no subtitles. Fortunately as this is an adaptation of Lovecraft's the "Very Old Folk" , the story is fairly easy to follow.

The film begins at an Archaeological site with the discovery of a Roman era manuscript. From there we go back to the time of the manuscripts writing and follow a group of Roman Legionnaires. From there we drop into the actual Lovecraft tale.

The locations used for this film are wonderful. The scenic vistas that the Romans travel through are wholly unlike anything in an American Lovecraft film, and the film succeeds, in part, because of that. The acting, while in a language I do not speak, was solid and believable. If you want to know if someone is a good actor? See if they can convey emotion through the language barrier...

The film doesn't need much in the way of effects, as the story itself deals with strange cultists in the hills as opposed to monsters of otherworldly terror. Even so, the film take a very minimalist approach to the cultists, keeping them in shadow when seen. This heightens the overall effect and makes them even more creepy.

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