Notable Cast: Emilie Dequenne, Benjamin Biolay, Yolande Moreau, Phillipe Nohan
French horror films have seen a massive resurgence as the likes of "High Tension", "Martyrs", and "Inside" dominated the extremity of the genre. When I finally was able to get around to seeing "The Pack", a shape shifting genre flick that was likened to the films mentioned above, I was excited to see what else the French horror landscape had to offer. The end results of "The Pack" though are a rather mixed affair that borderlines significantly disappointing. Sure it has some moments to love and the concept is delightfully twisted, but the overall product ends up falling quite short of the high standards set by its brethren.
When Charlotte (Dequenne) picks up a strange hitchhiker Max (Biolay) on the side of the road, she seems to have no fear of anything. Together they road trip for a while before eventually coming to a little restaurant off the beaten path run by an odd elderly woman (Moreau). It is here that Max mysteriously disappears. Charlotte later returns to 'investigate' what happened to Max only to find that the restaurant is meant to feed more than hungry customers...
|"We're going to France? That place it BR00TAL."|
|Nope. Not a "Saw" sequel. Not that I could explain what the scene was doing in the movie.|
What started off as a very unique and potentially impactful horror film quickly turns to skeptical leaps of plot hole riddled thought and unfocused/undeveloped concepts unveiling "The Pack" as one of the weaker horror films to jump over to the US from France. It is a film that definitely has it's moments, but for those with a bit more of a developed horror taste or looking for another strong French horror film...then I suggest looking elsewhere.
Written By Matt Reifschneider
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