The official synopsis for Cockneys vs Zombies goes, “A few London east-enders fight their way out of a zombie-infested downtown, led by an unlikely gang of amateur bank robbers and foul-mouthed plucky pensioners.” You had me at “foul-mouthed plucky pensioners”, but not before it. Zombies and bank robbers are played out, but I never get tired of old people swearing and wielding assault rifles. Yes, that is Alan Ford (Brick Top from Snatch) pictured above, and the old biddy with the gun below is Honor Blackman, a former Bondgirl.
The film opens with two scheming chavs finally making their big £1 million score, but there’s a hitch. They still have a cute hostage and, oh yeah, it’s the zombie apocalypse thanks to a mutated form of the bubonic plague unearthed in one of London’s ancient tombs. What good is £1 million when the city’s been quarantined and there’s no where to spend it? They scramble for places to hide out, including a nursing home full of foul-mouthed East London types.
It’s from Studio Canal, director Matthias Hoene, and writers James Moran (Severance) and Lucas Roche. Cockneys vs Zombies opens August 31st in the UK and premieres at Fantastic Fest in the US next month.
Check out the red band (NSFW) trailer below. The cockney rhyming slang is a bit forced, and they’re very self-consciously cockney, but it could still be fun. Bleeding Cool aptly retitled it What People From Coventry Think Cockneys Are Like Vs. Zombies.