I love horror movies that are different. I loved the first entries from the After Dark line but then they went downhill. The Ghost House imprint from Sam Raimi then picked up the ball but didn’t go far. Netflix just got a batch of films from the latest horror imprint, Bloody Disgusting Selects. The Pack is currently available on instant Netflix.
The Pack (La Meute, 2010)
“Charlotte picks up hitchhiker Max on a deserted road, and they drive to a nearby truck stop. When he doesn’t come back from a trip to the restroom, Charlotte eventually leaves. But her return visit to check on Max that night may prove fatal.”
“Why’s she throwing guys heads at us?”
Men are scum. Honestly that’s the message you can take away from this film. I wouldn’t go so far as to call the film sexist though as the few women are fairly hateful as well. Still our heroine is clearly suffering from an undescribed breakup when she picks up a hitchhiker because she’s afraid of some motorcycle thugs.
We are over halfway through the brief hour and twenty minute running time before we meet the titular pack. Until then it’s just your average run-of-the-mill hillbilly horror (but set in France) and is in fact fairly boring when it’s not busy being unpleasant. Note to horror directors: Unpleasant is not the same thing as scary.
The pack are interesting and would be great in a different film. Their design is nice and fairly unique and the makeup is quite well done. Unfortunately the third act hinges on not one, not two, but three moronic plot points. I normally avoid all spoilers but since they are all before the one hour mark, I consider them fair game – however skip the next two paragraphs if you want to be surprised at the stupidity.
If you drug someone’s drink, why would you not watch them drink it? If you shoot someone in the chest point blank with a shotgun and there isn’t so much as a drop of blood, why would you assume you killed them? And then put your back against their cage while you have the only keys in your pocket?
The third twist is more in the nature of a deus ex machina. There is only one spot in all of France where the pack is. Any guesses as to where our trio of bike-riding hooligans from the beginning of the film have chosen to hide-out?
Okay so to sum up the film has a few interesting ideas and some creative makeup and gore but is undone by tedium and stupidity.
People Watch: Matthias Schoenaerts has a small role here but would go on to headline the Oscar-nominated Bullhead.