Brothers Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) and Andy (Harry Treadaway) haven’t caught a lot of breaks in their lives. Their parents were criminals who abandoned them as children and there aren’t many options for them in their east end London suburb – a neighbourhood they love and never want to leave. Now their fiesty war vet Grandfather Ray (Alan Ford) is about to be relocated up north when a developer takes over his retirement home to build a new housing estate. Desperate to keep their Grandfather in town, Terry and Andy gather a hapless group of screw-ups (including a short-tempered Iraq war vet with a metal plate in his head and their lock-picking expert cousin) with a plan to rob the local bank. While they’re in the midst of their heist, a zombie outbreak wipes out the city and when they emerge from the bank, the group has to figure out a way to fight through the hordes to get to Ray and the rest of the retirees who are holed up in the kitchen of the old folks’ home.
In short, Cockneys vs Zombies is a whole bunch of fun. Whip smart and rife with dry humour that pokes good-natured fun at the zombie genre as well as making a comment on the gentrification of working class neighbourhoods, writers James Moran (Severance) and Lucas Roche (a former editor) have created a film that’s as pitch perfect as Shaun of the Dead and as genre-loving as Brit tv-series Misfits. Director Matthias Hoene keeps the pace snappy, the action lively and the zombie kills creative. The besieged retirement home angle is especially ingenious as it yields lots of great sight gags and performances from the residents (including former Bond Girl Honor Blackman and veteran Brit actor Richard Briers). This is a film that even non-horror fans will find some joy in – it’s just too bad that so far, there ‘s no word on a Canadian distributor.
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