Cockneys vs Zombies Trailer Blows the Bloody Doors (and Limbs) Off!
I’d be lying if I said the title Cockneys vs. Zombies did not fill me with trepidation. For starters, it immediately brings to mind another London-based comedy horror from earlier this year, Strippers vs. Werewolves, a film so mindblowingly terrible that none of us at BaH could summon the willpower to review it (perhaps this will change, perhaps not). The kind of East End, Guy Ritchie-isms which filled SvW, and threaten to fill CvZ, have long since grown very tedious indeed. And as if that wasn’t enough, zombie overkill has long since reached saturation point, and in order to stand out any new living dead film had better bring something very special to the table.
Having said all that – I’d also be lying if I said this trailer, which premiered earlier today at IGN, doesn’t suggest that Cockneys vs. Zombies could be a hell of a lot of fun.
Directed by Matthias Hoene (Beyond the Rave), written by James Moran (Severance) and Lucas Roche, with an impressively diverse cast including Michelle Ryan, Alan Ford, Honor Blackman and Richard Briers, the film sees young bank robbers and senior citizens band together to stay alive in when, yet again, the dead start walking the earth. As overfamiliar as the premise may be, look at it this way: how often do you see Richard Briers outrunning a zombie on a zimmer frame? And subsequently gunning zombies down with an Uzi? Having a larf, indeed.
Cockneys vs. Zombies premieres at FrightFest on 23rd August, then hits UK cinemas on the 31st. (Note that this is a redband trailer, and as such probably not safe for work, unless your colleagues don’t mind a bit of effin’ and blindin’.)