Getting the British contingent off with a bang on the opening night will be ultra-splatter comedy Cockneys vs Zombies.

The title pretty much says it all, but to flesh out the tale – a pair of brothers are about to rob a bank in the capital.

Unfortunately for them, workers at a Docklands building site unearth a burial ground that was sealed way back in 1666.

Naturally not all of the corpses contained within are totally dead and, before you can scream zombie outbreak, London’s East End is awash with hungry brain-munchers.

The brothers have to try to get to a local care home to save their granddad while chaos ensues around them.

And before long, it is bank robbers and foul-mouthed plucky pensioners against flesh-eaters in a desperate bid for survival.

Clearly taking some cues from the likes of Shaun of the Dead, this effort looks a whole heap of over-the-top fun.

Directed by Matthias Hoene (who also produces Tower Block at Frightfest), the film stars the likes of Michelle Ryan, Honor Blackman and Richard Briers.

Cockneys vs Zombies screens at Frightfest on Thursday, August 23.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.