Okay. You’re probably out there somewhere twiddling your thumbs and biding your time until the final installment of the Cornetto Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy (Edgar Wright’s The World’s End) arrives in theaters at summer’s end. But if you need a decent jolt of British wit and goofy horror this weekend…
…Matthias Hoene’s debut film, Cockneys vs. Zombies, should definitely hold you over in the meantime. I spoke with the director in New York last week, and here’s just some of what he had to say.
Dread Central: So, was Cockneys vs. Zombies always the title of the film?
DC: The cockneys in the movie are kind of treated as second class citizens and obviously zombies are at the bottom of the totem pole as far as the social hierarchy, so why can’t they all just get along and coexist? You’d think they’d have some commonalities.
DC: Obviously, the majority of the zombies are young. I hate the term hipster because I hear it all the time. but was that intentional to cast much younger people as zombies going after the elderly? Or is that just who showed up for the casting call?
DC: It’s always kind of therapeutic. I think it works for the film though – the fact that they’re younger. Especially at the end when you have the speech about staying out of East End. It’s kind of a little bit of social commentary on gentrification.
DC: I’ve noticed in a lot of UK horror movies that they have more of an urge or a want to add some social commentary to horror movies. Do you think maybe it’s a lingering punk attitude that’s against the establishment a little bit? My dream would be to see the Sex Pistols in the late ‘70s be in A Hard Day’s Night with zombies. But do you think there’s something to that?
DC: It’s got a great soundtrack, too, with a lot of post-punk tracks. The title song is “Monster” from Automatic, which has been around for a little while. Did you already know of that song? It seems like the perfect title song for the movie. It sounds like it was written for the movie almost.
DC: And you’ve got some Suede in there as well …
DC: Did you edit to those songs at all and did they kind of inform how the action scenes played out? Or do you usually edit to punk music?
DC: Out of curiosity, what was the Sex Pistols track? Was it maybe “Pretty Vacant”? That would be a good one for a zombie movie.
DC: I know the reference of an “Abercrombie zombie” in the film is more of a play off of the Cockney slang. We always think that those kind of accents are really accentuated and blown up a little bit too much, but you really do hear that kind of talk pretty often, don’t you? That kind of slang?
DC: I liked the writing in that scene. How did you end up getting together with James Moran? I remember seeing Severance at Fantastic Fest in Austin a few years back and we had a lot of fun with it and I still recommend that film every once in a while. And that film has a little bit of commentary as well. It’s anti-war and against arms dealing and what not.
DC: It’s competitive.
Cockneys vs Zombies rolls its way into theaters today in limited release and onto DVD and Blu-ray September 3rd from Shout! Factory.
The film is written by James Moran (Severance) and details the story of a group of bank robbers who unlock a 350-year-old vault only to unleash an army of zombies.
Michelle Ryan (22.214.171.124.), Harry Treadaway (Control), Honor Blackman (Bridget Jones’ Diary), and Jack Doolan (Cemetery Junction) all star in Matthias Hoene’s feature Cockneys vs. Zombies.
Cockneys vs. Zombies is the story of Andy (Harry Treadaway) and Terry (Rasmus Hardiker): two hapless cockney brothers who try to save their grandad’s (Alan Ford) care home by robbing a bank. At the same time a virus sweeps across East London, turning all the inhabitants into flesh-eating zombies. Faced with hordes of undead zombies, the challenge is to rescue a home full of tough old folks, escape with the loot, and get out of London alive!
n. pl. cock·ney or Cock·ney [kokni]
1. (Social Science / Peoples) (often capital) a native of London, esp of the working class born in the East End, speaking a characteristic dialect of English. Traditionally defined as someone born within the sound of the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow church.
2. (Linguistics) the urban dialect of London or its East End for example “Dog and Bone = Phone”.
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