Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Horror Of...Cockneys Vs Zombies, In Short

This Halloween we all need some fun and gruesome horror. And one pathway to that is a fun zombie flick. And, in my opinion, among the best of the fun zombie films is...

Cockneys Vs Zombies.

This 2012 film is a bit of joy out of the United Kingdom. Centered in the east side of London it follows some cousins who are in dire straights. Their granddad's retirement home is about to be closed down, and then tore down, by a greedy industrialist.

With no options at hand, they turn to the old family business. Armed robbery. The trouble is they aren't exactly skilled at this. So they bring in a friend who is a bit more knowledgeable, and infamous for bungling robberies. And they bring in a contact who has lots of guns, and a reputation for uncontrolled aggression.

So they hatch a plan to rob a bank, And it goes as well as you would expect.

Among the cousins we have have Michelle Ryan,well known to fantasy and Doctor Who fans, and Harry Treadaway, who's in the series Penny Dreadful currently. But the whole crew make for an amusing cast of character.

At the same time, a construction crew comes across a sealed crypt from 1666...I just got that joke.

And opening the crypt ends up bringing the results we would expect. The zombies are out and feeding.

And at first, the city is oblivious as people are turned.

After drawing the ire of the Metropolitan Police, the gang grabs two hostages and finally decides to try and make it to their van. ...But outside isn't the way that they remember it.

The whole of the street is wrecked. The police are gone...well, partially eaten. And the dead are eyeing them.

They are not sure what the hell has happened.

Meanwhile we have the retirement home. Granddad is played by the enjoyable Alan Ford. He's known for often playing London gangsters. And here he's playing the same, except he's slid into retirement.

We also have his friend, played by Honor Blackman. You should remember her from The Avengers (No. The British TV show...) and Goldfinger. She's also been on Doctor Who. But I should be honest, so much of British entertainment has been on Doctor Who in the 80's and 90's. But it's fun to see her in this movie.

Also another retiree, played by the always fun to see Richard Briers. From Shakespeare to classic sitcoms (with a stop on Doctor Who) to zombie menace. Amazing.

Once the zombies start killing in mass, the hand full of of surviving retirees fight their way to a secure room, and try to figure out how they can escape.

And Richard Briers has to "outrun" a zombie horde.

The city falls into chaos.

Who will live and who will die? Who will drive the doubledecker bus? And who will get the katana to slice down some zombies?

This is a fun movie. If you want to watch a zombie movie this Halloween that won't leave you in a dark funk, try Cockneys Vs Zombies. It's a collection of humorous and interesting actors. It's a crazy set of situations. And it's just a good time.

Check it out.

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