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La meute (2010)

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One winter morning, while driving through the desolate French countryside, traveler Charlotte picks up hitchhiker Max. Together they stop at a roadside diner, where a strange and depraved horror awaits.

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La Spack
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Charlotte Massot
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Max
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Chinaski
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Le Gothique en toc
Ian Fonteyn ...
Tofu
Georges Lini ...
Motard 1
Philippe Résimont ...
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Brice Fournier ...
Motard 3 (John Grizzly)
Nicolas Leroy ...
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Mathieu Bouteligier ...
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François Doms ...
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Benoît Vivien ...
Golem 4
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Jean-Jean
Joris Strickx ...
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One winter morning, while driving through the desolate French countryside, traveler Charlotte picks up hitchhiker Max. Together they stop at a roadside diner, where a strange and depraved horror awaits.

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Rated R for bloody horror violence and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Philippe Nahon's character's name "Chinaski" is an obvious nod to writer Charles Bukowski's literary alter ego Henry Chinaski. See more »

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Upon arrival at the saloon, Charlotte's car is parked to the left of the saloon's front doors. When the cyclist arrives, the car now appears to be to the right of the doors. See more »

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References The Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »

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Well-directed horror with a good story.
13 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Some alternative/metal type chick named Charlotte is taking a road trip. She gets harassed by bikers and to protect herself picks up a hitchhiker named Max. They take a break at a run-down road stop, when the bikers return. Fortunately, the heavy bartender lady takes out her shotgun and the bikers escape. When Max doesn't return from a bathroom stop and Charlotte can't get any answers she decides to stick around and investigate at night. She meets an old guy who sort of plays cop. He, too is looking for someone.

When Charlotte goes investigating, she's hit in the head and wakes up in a cage in a barn with some other tourist. They're hooked up to a machine that feeds them something and extracts their blood. Then at night they're hung upside down so their blood drips into the ground. And that's when a pack of creatures rises out of the earth to consume the blood and the victims.

But Charlotte gets some help and avoids death. But she still has to find a way out and avoid the creatures.

La Meute is a great understated horror movie. It has a unique, different, and great lead character in Charlotte. Unlike her superficial US counterparts, she is tough and wild for real. First-time director Franck Richard does en outstanding job. This movie, despite limited resources is very compelling. It only has a few characters and you're pretty much stuck in this weird wasted trailer park overseeing some city. But at no point does one get bored. The way it is filmed, every shot is interesting.

Even the story is fascinating and different. The creatures aren't just some pointless creatures, but we do learn about their origins. And the twists in the story keep you engaged till the very end.

This review is of the German DVD version, which is even shorter than the US release for some reason. And on top of that, it's slapped with an NC-17-type rating. German censors/distributors are even more moronic than American. From some scenes in the making-of featurette, I gather this movie is quite bloody. All blood, violence, and gore is edited out in the German version, so I take it this movie is even more horrific in its complete version. Why American distributors chose to edit out 6 minutes I can't imagine. What could the French possibly have filmed that would be so offensive to American fans of horror.

In any case, in this era of globalism, to have all these various edited versions by country is just obnoxious and ridiculous. Perhaps it makes sense for theatrical version, but why with DVDs? I hope that this movie will be released in the US in it's entirety at some point. And I look forward to seeing future horror movies by this director. After an exhilarating start, French horror has been going downhill lately. The Pack is a refreshing and much needed movie that overturn this downward trend.


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