The craziness starts when a construction crew opens a 500-year-old plague pit, unleashing flesh-chomping zombies. Oblivious to this, brothers Terry and Andy (Hardiker and Treadaway) are planning to rob a bank to get the cash to save their grandfather's nursing home, which is under threat from a property developer. Their team includes a safecracker (Ryan), a gun nut (Thomas) and a loyal idiot (Doolan), but their badly planned heist is derailed when they run into the undead. Now their goal is to rescue Granddad (Ford) and his pals (including Blackman, Briers and Sutton).
Much of the fun here is in watching these seasoned veterans have a ball chasing and being chased by zombies. And the filmmakers fill scenes with witty dialog and sight gags to keep us chuckling, plus of course buckets of grisly gore.
Meanwhile, Hardiker and Treadaway maintain lively banter that keeps the film afloat even in the most awkwardly assembled scenes. And Ryan adds sexy energy to the movie in a sparky role that refuses to be a simple female lead.
So it's rather frustrating that the whole isn't nearly as much fun as its parts. The plot continually stalls for repetitive attack sequences, and there are several transitions that simply make no sense at all. Why would they choose an open-backed Routemaster bus to escape in, when a door would protect them from marauding zombies? (Answer: Routemasters are cool.) And there isn't nearly enough specific East London humour, although the one reference to rhyming slang is amusing. Go on, what would you rhyme with zombie?
Run time: 88 mins
In Theaters: Friday 2nd August 2013
Distributed by: Shout! Factory
Production compaines: Tea Shop & Film Company
Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Fresh: 32 Rotten: 14
IMDB: 5.9 / 10
Director: Matthias Hoene
Producer: James Harris, Mark Lane?
Screenwriter: James Moran, Lucas Roche?
Starring: Michelle Ryan as Katy, Georgia King as Emma, Alan Ford as Ray Macguire, Harry Treadaway as Andy, Richard Briers as Hamish, Rasmus Hardiker as Terry, Honor Blackman as Peggy, Dudley Sutton as Eric, Georgina Hale as Doreen, Jack Doolan as Davey Tuppence, Tony Gardner as Clive, Ashley Bashy Thomas as Mental Mickey
Also starring: James Harris