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COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (2012)

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COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (2012)

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:00

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The Buzz:

        At the same time brothers Terry & Andy (Rasmus Hardiker & Harry Treadaway, respectfully) have teamed up with their cousin (Michelle Ryan), their friend (Jack Doolan), and the local psychopath (Ashley Thomas) to rob a bank in order to keep grandpa's (Alan Ford) home from being closed down, wouldn't you know it, zombies. What follows is a delightful little comedy-horror about the brothers trying to rescue granddad, and escape the undead hordes.

 

Life of the Party:

        Two genres rarely go together so perfectly as comedy and horror (except the genre of exploitation, which is a polyamorous little bastard that can pair with anything, and any number of those things at the same time). Cockneys vs Zombies definitely resides well in the comedy side of the mashup, with maybe just a little less horror than, say, Tucker and Dale vs Evil.

        Cockneys also a pretty self-aware film to plays up the ridiculous and goofy to a level that is incredibly enjoyable, but not so far over the top that it looses that charm. Add to that the solid execution and acting (Alan Ford is the standout to me (you probably know him as that “pig guy” from Snatch (no, that's not a porn film (note to self: pitch idea to Alex about a Snatch Parody pornography...))), his role in this film is about priceless).

        It's hard to take a film like Cockneys and not compare it to Shaun of the Dead (wait, how has that review not hit the site yet? But that's OK, you've probably seen it), and Shaun coming first and almost reinventing the whole comedy-horror genre gives that film a definite edge of Cockneys. BUT, I assure you that with an open mind, some friends, and of course drinks, Cockneys vs Zombies certainly has the potential to be just as delightful as Shaun.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        Some people just don't understand or appreciate British comedy. And I say those people should just get over themselves and stop being so goddamn single-minded. Then again, I've been repeatedly denied the post of Tanked Matinee's Public Relations Officer (something about being unable to restrain from outright slapping stuck-up hipsters in public), so take that personal view with a grain of salt.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Large Party

        Cockneys vs Zombies is best served with a small group of friends and plenty of drinks. Fans of films like Shaun of the Dead should readily enjoy this film, and fans of comedy-horror films should really consider adding this to their next movie-night cue. Cockneys also has a fairly simple plot, and plenty of action, so if you're having a party where zombies (and all the gore that goes with them) would be appropriate (and really, what other kinds of parties do you really want to go to?), then it can serve pretty well as the extra filler the party needs.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Alan Ford

+ Well acted, well executed

+ Funny and delightful

+ Just try to not clap/dance along with the final-credits song

 

Drinking Game Ideas

~ Drink every time a zombie dies

~ Drink every time Ashley Thomas' character head-buts something

~ EXPERT MODE: Waterfall for the entirety of the “walker vs zombie” race

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