Review – Cockneys vs Zombies

Cockneys vs Zombies

Cockneys vs Zombies – Probably the most entertaining British zombie film since Shaun of the Dead

It might be about as subtle as a boot in the Jacobs, but Cockneys vs Zombies is far more than its attention-grabbing title and probably the most entertaining British zombie film since Shaun of the Dead.

Brothers Andy (Harry Treadaway) and Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) and their ragtag gang are half way through robbing a bank to save their granddad Ray’s retirement home when a zombie apocalypse strikes London’s East End. Meanwhile, Ray (Alan Ford in full-on “Laaandan” mode) and his friends (including stalwarts Honor Blackman and Richard Briers) fight to keep the walking dead out of the home.

More often than not, films like this can be all title and no substance. While Cockneys vs Zombies can hardly be considered genre-defining it knows its strengths and plays to them. Writer James Moran isn’t afraid to have a laugh at the expense of East End clichΓ©s and stereotypes, be they Dudley Sutton’s ridiculously convoluted cockney rhyming slang, football hooligans (despite them being dead) or Lock, Stock… gangsterisms. Hell, even ex-EastEnders actress Michelle Ryan gets a major part.

Cockneys vs Zombies

Hamish (Richard Briers) outwalks the undead in Cockneys vs Zombies

Moran and director Matthias Hoene subtly subvert the perception of the elderly in our society as being more than people waiting to die, while also giving us one of the most amusing scenes of the year when a zimmer-framed Briers tries to outrun a zombie.

You’d have to be dead not to find this ‘zomedy’ funny.

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10 comments

  1. iammarcello · December 24, 2012

    They bagged Briers? I am impressed

    • Three Rows Back · December 26, 2012

      Yeah, Briers has the funniest role in the film and he makes the most of it.

  2. Tim The Film Guy · December 28, 2012

    Haha I still need to this, looks funny πŸ˜€

    • Three Rows Back · December 28, 2012

      It’s not perfect but I laughed plenty of times. I’d definitely recommend it to any lover of the genre.

      • Tim The Film Guy · December 28, 2012

        I at no point considered this too anything more than a laugh, actually counting on that πŸ˜€

      • Three Rows Back · December 28, 2012

        I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Let me know what you think of it.

  3. Victor De Leon · January 5, 2013

    Good review! I can’t wait to see this. I have it lined up to watch. Thanks. I like the blog!

    • Three Rows Back · January 5, 2013

      Thanks for the kind words Victor and really appreciate the follow. I have returned the sentiment! You have a nice looking blog too; you can’t go wrong with giving love to Jaws!

      • Victor De Leon · January 5, 2013

        Thanks! I appreciate it! πŸ™‚ Jaws is my all time favorite movie. Please stay tuned for some more cool stuff in 2013! πŸ˜€

      • Three Rows Back · January 5, 2013

        I certainly shall!

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