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Thursday, October 24, 2013

31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - Cockneys vs. Zombies

By Adam Ruhl

Today’s film is the newest of all the Scream Factory offerings we’re reviewing and it’s also the most British, East London British to be precise. Cockneys vs. Zombies is the greatest English Horror-Comedy zombie movie since Shaun of the Dead and manages to completely distinguish itself from similar films. I first saw it a year ago at Fantastic Fest 2012 where it was a festival darling and now Scream Factory has given it the royal treatment and brought it to America.


Cockneys vs. Zombies
The Film:

Lovable loser brothers Terry and Andy are desperate to save their grandfather’s retirement home. They resort to an ill-conceived bank robbery with a group of their not-so-lovable loser friends. Things go wrong, but luckily for them the zombie apocalypse hits just as they’re in a standoff with the police.

Terry, Andy, and their friends now have to battle across the east end to rescue their grandfather. Along the way there are hordes of zombies, pratfalls, and thick accents. Cockneys is immensely fun and the characters are well developed for a zombie comedy. The humor is broad, but some jokes are very specific to the region and may go over American heads. The English don’t shy away from language which makes for some great senior citizen cussing moments.
There’s also plenty of great zombie splattering to be had in the film.  Heads explode and babies are punted as the crew struggle to survive.  Meanwhile, back at the retirement home, pensioners defend themselves with walkers and Special K boxes. Alan Ford from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch plays the toughest grandfather you’ve ever seen.

Writer James Moran and Director Matthias Hoene also worked on a film called Tower Block in the same year (Hoene moved to Co-producer of Tower Block). It’s a thriller about a group of people trapped in a project building by a sniper. Tower Block is also released by Scream Factory and paired up with Cockneys makes a very satisfying movie night.


The Disc:
The film is a new release and its transfer is pristine. The film is shot on hi-def video so there no film grain or scratches to preserve. Since this is the first release of the film on disc the inside cover is a still from the movie instead of prior cover art. Several commentaries round out the bonus features as well as a healthy amount of deleted scenes. The deleted scenes are worth watching; alternate takes of some footage and a lot of shots of people getting punched that didn’t make the final cut but it’s all pretty funny.

The Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Matthias Hoene
  • Audio Commentary with Writer James Moran
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer


The Specs: 
  • 1080p Hi-Def widescreen 2.35:1
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • English-only Audio & Subtitles.
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Runtime: 88 Minutes
  • Not Rated

Final Grades:
Story: A / English Zombie Humor. Classic.
Presentation quality: A / Its brand new, I should hope so.
Scare factor: C+ / Horror-Comedy, jump scares.
Gore Factor: B / typical zombie antics.
Repeat view-ability: A / Funny as hell.

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Check out yesterday’s Scream Factory review, Psycho 3!

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