Friday, 24 August 2012

Frightfest 2012: Cockney's Vs Zombies

In the East End of London Andy (Harry Treadaway), Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) and Katy (Michelle Ryan) are about to try and pull of a bank job. The boys Grandfather lives in an old peoples home that is about to be pulled down to make way for luxury flats. In order to stop this, the boys plan the perfect bank job, to buy the home from beneath the contractor’s feet. Meanwhile over the other side of town the same contractors have just uncovered a tomb buried since the 1600’s, what they discover inside is a rogue zombie, buried for hundreds of years, and very, very hungry.

Cockney’s Vs Zombies is a classically styled new horror comedy in the same vein as Shaun Of The Dead, but in this author’s opinion far superior. Its not laugh out loud comedy, don’t get me wrong, but it does have a certain momentum and a well laid out plot.

While the action kicks off all over London, with a zombie baby (that gets a great big kick into a well placed child abuse poster), rival zombie footie gangs on the way to a match, and a police shoot out; the story centers around an old peoples home. What the audience finds in the home is acting veterans Alan Ford, Georgina Hale, Dudley Sutton, Richard Briars, Honor Blackman, and Tony Selby. This wealth of talent is enough to make this a winning formula, but then add a spin to this, ramp up the usually docile Briars with a Zimmer frame and a machine gun, and Honor Blackman with a pump action shotgun, and your already dying to see this film.

There is a certain old style delivery to the movie, it’s the sort of comedy that has its roots buried deep in the style of the 60’s brit-coms; which is not a criticism, in fact it’s a very good thing. If it was not for the gore, and the extreme language (which is very funny), you could easily place this as a family vacation movie.

The film is incredibly well handled, and has great delivery from the mixed young and old cast, Ryan is great, Briars and Ford are just exceptional. There are some nice brief cameo’s from familiar TV faces, who you’ll know but not be able to put a name too. One thing that is very clear, is while the audience is having fun the cast were too, an important part to make a movie like this work.

As expressed earlier this is not laugh out loud, and on a humour front you might not be as amused as you hope, and there is a clear generational thing too, younger audience members will just not see the significance of the acting caliber within the OAP”s home, but with you find it funny or not, you’ll get the scale, the effort, and the passion that went into this movie, a movie that in my opinion wins all round. 

Spencer Hawken @Views From The Edge

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