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Cockneys vs. Zombies – 7

Director – Matthias Hoene

Cast – Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, Alan Ford, Jack Doolan, Georgia King, Ashley Thomas, Tony Gardner, Honor Blackman, Tony Selby, Georgina Hale

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Zombie comedies are a dime a dozen these days, but “Cockneys”, slang for those from London’s East End born before 1945, fighting zombies brings some new material to the convoluted sub-genre. When word that their war hero “Granddad” is going to be kicked out of his retirement home due to a lack of finances, his grandchildren get together and rob a bank in London so they can pay for his home. While the robbery does not go as smoothly as they wished, things take a turn for the worst when a zombie invasion hits London – pitting them, their Grand-dad, and his geriatric friends against the undead.

Old people vs. zombies, how can I not take the plunge into such an experience? Director Matthias Hoene brought this idea to life, handing his story to Severance writer James Moran who then penned this fun screenplay into a fun 88 minute experience. Things start off quickly, with the grandchildren and a few others fumbling through the robbery and instead of surely losing a battle with the London police force outside they instead find a police force that lost a battle with the impending zombie apocalypse. Aside from the initial conflict of the bank robbery and potential shoot-out with police, the only other conflict in the film results from surviving the zombies as they try desperately to save their Granddad. Granddad is not your typical old geezer, but a war-torn veteran who really does not need the help of his grandchildren to fight off the zombies, but he could sure use the 2 million dollars. With this being a horror comedy you can expect a few good laughs, and much like Severance they are a bit dry and enjoyable, with my favorite scenes being those where the old folks on walkers are trying to out-walk the slow-moving zombies. Hoene writes in plenty of action, both serious and of cheesy nature, with plenty of kills to go with it. I did find this story to be a bit flat and more simplistic than I imagined, but in the end it sealed the deal.

Hoene’s direction really makes this the fun watch that it is, with his solid execution of the characters, horror, and laughs. We receive great performances from everyone involved, from the bumbling teens to the naïve and overwhelmed Cockneys, lead by the most enjoyable character in the film…Granddad. Alan Ford expertly portrays Granddad as the charming yet brash war hero who despite his age still has more fight in him than all of his grandchildren combined, and he shows it. The action scenes were fun and came with lots of kills, never-ending firepower, and gore. There was more CGI gore than I wished to see, but thankfully we do see live-action gore during the close up scenes. Zombie-wise this is a positive zombie flick done right with “walkers” and live-action makeup FX sure to make the zombie aficionado proud.

Overall, Cockneys vs. Zombies is a fun zombie comedy that gives us an interesting take on the popular sub-genre by involving…Cockneys. The story is simple but offers enough elements to keep the viewer engaged, which along with good direction this makes for a solid zombie film I recommend to those looking for a new zombie comedy to enjoy.

Rating: 7/10

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  1. October 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I watched this and loved it – it is just plain fun. Especially the zimmer-frame scene… 😀

    • October 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      It sure was! I really liked Alan Ford in this movie.

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