I'm usually on top of French horror, but lately my finger has been slipping off the pulse of one of my favorite sub-genres. Until recently, I had no idea that Franck Richard's film The Pack (La Meute), even existed, let alone cause such a controversy at Cannes, one of the biggest film festivals in the world. A free outdoor screening of the film at Cannes was blocked by French censors due to its supposed "extreme" content, amping the anticipation quotient tenfold.

The Pack follows a woman named Charlotte, who picks up Max, a hitchhiker; they stop in a truck-stop restaurant, and when Max doesn't come back from the bathroom, Charlotte starts looking for him in vain. She decides to return during the night but gets kidnapped by the bartender, La Spack, who turns out to be Max's mother and needs to feed her kids, - The Pack -, a bunch of blood lusting ghouls. Charlotte now faces a terrifying reality: these ghouls are already dead... and hungry. Alone and in the middle of nowhere, she quickly realizes... she's next on the menu.

Amidst the controversy, those fine film fans over at Twitch have managed to bring to our attention a two minute clip from the beginning of the film. Now, despite the controversy, it's pretty tame. In fact, nothing really happens. There are no subtitles, so if you don't speak French good luck making heads or tales of the dialogue. But in the end, it's better than nothing, and might even give you a halfway decent glimpse at the characters. Check out the clip after the jump.

categories Horror