Day of the Cockneys
As builders start clearing away ground for a new multi-million pound development they come across a long forgotten crypt which when two of them open it and explore get bitten by an "undead" skeleton. Meanwhile in another part of London brothers Andy (Harry Treadaway) and Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) fear that their grandfather Ray's (Alan Ford) retirement home is going to be bulldozed to make way for another new development decide to rob a bank with the help of Katy (Michelle Ryan), Mental Mickey (Ashley Thomas) and Davey (Jack Doolan). Of course things don't go to plan and the bank is surrounded by police before they can make their getaway except when they exit they discover everyone is dead except they are now the living dead. Now the inept robbers need to get back across London to the retirement home.
"Cockneys vs Zombies" can be split in to two parts with the first part actually being the horror comedy as we have these brothers, friends and the residents of the old people's home doing battle with zombies. That means we have old timers with wheelchairs killing zombies with what ever comes to hand. But before that we have this inept band of robbers, lots of confusion comedy and general daftness as they argue, bicker and wind each other up. In truth this side of "Cockneys vs Zombies" is inconsistent as some of it works and other parts of it fall terribly flat. The good news is that it doesn't waste too much time on the set up and soon we are at the chaos point of people dealing with zombies in various creative ways.
But where "Cockneys vs Zombies" scores is simply in the casting as we have a variety of familiar young actors and actresses such as Michelle Ryan and Georgia King but then you have even more recognizable old timers such as Alan Ford, Honor Blackman and Richard Briers. It is simply entertaining watching Ford play another no messing Cockney who grabs a power branch cutters to deal with a zombie.
The thing is that whilst "Cockneys vs Zombies" ends up uneven you automatically end up comparing it to "Shaun of the Dead" and whilst it has the humour and certainly has the special effects you sit there thinking what doesn't it have. Now in a way it is Pegg and Frost as these two were such a good double act that sadly Treadaway and Hardiker can't compete. But the really big thing which "Cockneys vs Zombies" lacks is the fun soundtrack as with out the music it feels only 80% complete.
What this all boils down to is that "Cockneys vs Zombies" is a lot of fun and in truth not a bad British horror comedy with decent special effects and a good cast. But it lacks certain things, such as the fun soundtrack and the comical consistency to make it a great horror comedy.
Tags: Zombie Movies