Comedy horror Cockneys Vs Zombies lacks originality but still delivers the laughs
22:51 GMT, 30 August 2012
COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (15)
Verdict: Shaun Of The Dead revisited
German director Matthias Hoene’s comedy horror flick Cockneys vs Zombies won’t win prizes for originality. It’s very nearly a remake of Shaun Of The Dead, with an old folks’ home standing in for the original’s public house.
When a construction crew unearths a cursed plague pit from 1666, they unwittingly let loose a horde of flesh-eating monsters.
As more and more East Enders are infected, they turn spectacularly ugly, though old scores are not forgotten.
Barrel of laughs: Alan Ford and Honor Blackman in the Comedy Horror movie Cockneys vs Zombies
One of the funniest ideas is to show Millwall and West Ham zombies still fighting among themselves.
Who will stop the undead from taking over the East End The job falls to incompetent bank robbers Terry and Andy Macguire (Rasmus Hardiker and Harry Treadaway respectively) and three equally dodgy colleagues in crime: Tuppence (Jack Doolan), Katy (Michelle Ryan) and psychopathic Mental Mickey (Ashley Thomas).
They’re stealing in order to save the Macguires’ grandpa’s care home, which is being threatened by developers.
Soon enough, it’s obvious the old-timers have a more imminent threat to their survival: zombies.
I wouldn’t recommend this film to everyone. The excessive swearing is more tiresome than amusing.
However, there are good jokes, and it contains one magic ingredient.That’s the idea of the nearly dead battling against the undead.
Survivor: Former Eastenders actress Michelle Ryan stars as Katy
The supporting cast of talented oldsters is headed by Alan Ford (not a household name, but a recognisable veteran of British gangster films), Richard Briers (hilariously outpacing the zombies on his Zimmer frame), Honor Blackman (looking as lively as she did all those years ago as Pussy Galore), Georgina Hale (as a superannuated sexpot) and Dudley Sutton, with his ludicrously convoluted private language of rhyming slang.
Their comic timing livens the picture up no end. In fact, you could say it’s the one thing that stops it from being hackneyed.
Now watch the trailer