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31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - Cockneys vs. Zombies
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Oct. 24, 2013 5:16 p.m.

By Adam Ruhl<>


Todayís film is the newest of all the Scream Factory offerings

weíre reviewing and itís 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 grandfatherís 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 theyíre 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 donít shy away from language which makes for some great senior citizen

cussing moments. <>

Thereís 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 youíve 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). Itís 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 didnít make the final cut but itís 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.<>

Add Cockneys Vs. Zombies to your collection, click HERE!<>

Check out yesterdayís Scream Factory review, Psycho 3!<>

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