The advantage small scale British films have over big studio productions is their artistic freedom. Matthias Hoene’s new horror comedy, Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012) takes full advantage of that. Starring British icons Richard Briers and Honor Blackman, this is a wild ride about senior citizens, bank robbers, and zombies.
Though the entire cast sparkles in their East End ‘diamond geezer’ roles, it is Briers and Blackman who steal the show every time they walk, or in Briers’ case, shuffle on screen; the two offer a wonderful dynamic. In one scene, Briers is chased on his walker by a shambling a zombie. In another, the usually refined Blackman blasts the heads off of several walking dead with a double barrel shotgun, shouting a string of excruciatingly funny expletives.
Hoene’s atmospheric use of East London locations, along with some extremely realistic gory effects, simply add to the overall fun.
By Cleaver Patterson