Cockneys vs Zombies

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Horror movies such as ‘Lesbian Vampire Killers’ or ‘Strippers vs Werewolves’ seldom live up (or down?) to their killer titles. But from the moment a pair of workmen crack open a seventeenth-century plague pit and unleash the undead, Matthias Hoene’s lairy, gory zombie comedy delivers:?the tasty geezers and feisty girls fighting back against the flesh-eaters are funny and likeable, while the pacy action is awash with claret.

The pensioners at the Bow Bells Rest Home are under threat, initially from council jobsworths determined to shut down their retirement gaff, and subsequently from the zombie hordes who’d like to devour their wrinkly flesh. When 80-year-old Ray Macguire’s grandsons Andy and Terry (Harry Treadaway and Rasmus Hardiker) and their cousin Katy (Michelle Ryan) get wind of the Bow Bells zombie siege they shift their attention from a botched Robin Hood-style bank robbery to a rescue mission. Things get really messy as the youngsters team up with the oldies – who are now armed to the dentures with improvised weaponry and illegal fire power.

‘Severance’ scribe James Moran’s character-driven script slips in some side-swipes at the predatory gentrification of the old folks’ East End manor, while director Hoene skilfully blends gruesome horror and deliriously silly humour. As cantankerous old soldier Ray, ‘Lock Stock’ veteran Alan Ford delivers his sweary dialogue with feeling, and the scene in which Richard Briers’s dozy, doddery Hamish is pursued by shuffling, slow-motion zombies is an instant classic. This Zimmer-zomcom is as subtle as a brick in the gob, but it’s also a laugh riot.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday August 31 2012
Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Matthias Hoene
Cast: Michelle Ryan
Georgia King
Alan Ford

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4.4 / 5

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chris

Great fun! Some really hilarious moments and truly gory as well. What's not to like?

chris

Great fun! Some really hilarious moments and truly gory as well. What's not to like?

Zombie Bomie

Really surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It was never going to be one of the best films ever, but still one if the best British films of the past decade.

Zombie Bomie

Really surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It was never going to be one of the best films ever, but still one if the best British films of the past decade.

Ricci the raccoon

Oh my goodness talk about critics being kind. This was dreadful! Belated rip off of Shaun of the Dead (which I watched on tv again recently and is not ageing well). The two young lads were terrible too in that quirky self conscious way young actors are these days. Special effects were pony, cockneys jokes left over from only fools and horses. Attempt at sentiment with the old people something that seemed tagged on. German director seemed not to have a clue about English culture. Avoid it like a plague of flesh eating zombies!

john o sullivan

While its great to see Alan Ford centre stage,i think the critics are being a tad kind this is a great idea delivered very badly there is little humour and far too much gore the elderly cast seem to have been introduced to the script at the last moment still the Millwall v west ham scenes made me smile and its defo better than total recall

Lewis

Woo, I was an extra in this (west ham fan zombie) can't wait to see it on the big screen!!!

Lewis

Woo, I was an extra in this (west ham fan zombie) can't wait to see it on the big screen!!!