If there is one genre that Netfix has an abundance of, Horror should be first in mind. Whether it be slasher films, ghostly haunts, overly bad horror films, or even the comedic horror type, you have quite the selection to choose from. You might even be in the mood for a foreign scare fest. Netflix has several of those. If you decide to go foreign but want fun horror, Britain is well known for horror comedies. With the 2012 British film ‘Cockneys vs Zombies’, you get what you are looking for, plus three more film faves all mixed into one.
‘Cockneys vs Zombies’ is an unusual choice to select but once you start the film the plot immediately gives you the very familiar feeling that you’ve seen this before. A group of misfit cockneys with good intentions join together to rob a bank. Terry MacGuire and his younger brother Andy lead the group consisting of their tough as nails cousin Katy, their somber friend Davey, and of course the unpredictable Mental Mickey, who has only been invited due to his copious amount of weapons. During the messy heist their world goes crazy around as their neighborhood suddenly succumbs to a zombie outbreak. The group takes two hostages and fight amongst themselves in an attempt to form a plan not only to survive the zombies, but to rescue Andy and Terry’s retired gangster grandfather from the old folks home they were originally trying to get the money for.
Plots taken from the films ‘Shaun of The Dead’, ‘From Dusk to Dawn, and ‘Snatch’ seem to be thrown into one big bowl and stirred together. And surprisingly all three films work together in a fun action packed zombie fest. All the actors are stand out in their roles. Ashley Thomas is particularly good as the crazy member of the group, with a metal plate in his head to boot. Michelle Ryan as Katy is admirable as the unyielding female who is anything but a damsel in distress. Even the brothers played comically by Rasmus Hardiker and Harry Treadaway are entertaining, but the scene stealer is the grandfather played by famed actor Alan Ford, who formed his career as the tough guy in British caper films ‘Snatch’, and ‘Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels’. His character here isn’t much different from his previous films but it is quite fun to see that type of character in a whole different scenario, trying to keep his fellow nursing home companions alive and safe. The laughs are numerous as he keeps his tough guy straight face, especially in a particular hilarious scene that shows the slow moving escape of an elderly man from chasing zombies.
We never get a real good reason why the zombies exist, we are only shown how it starts. In a film like this I suppose the reasons aren’t very important. If anything, the lack of explanation helps keep the film from dragging.
Zombies, guns, action, and hijinks help keep this film moving. It won’t go down as one of the greatest horror comedies on Netflix, but it will definitely be remembered after it’s over. Definitely add this one to your list to watch. Shawn of the dead would be proud.