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GANGSTERS, GUNS AND ZOMBIES
Director Matthew Mitchell
Writers: Matthew Mitchell and Taliesyn Mitchell
Stars: Vincent Jerome, Huggy Leaver and Fabrizio Santino
4 Out of 5
“Bloody and Funny!â€
First time getaway driver Q (Vincent Jerome) part of a six man bank robbery goes to the safe house, only to find the safe house has been compromised. Tony (Huggy Leaver of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”) Mr. Bad-ass leader tells them, thereâ€™s another safe house on the coast. Once they get there, they will divide up the money and everyone will go their separate ways. What initially was thought to be a simple in and out plan quickly turns into a madcap mess added to the on-the-run from the cops, a wounded man and itâ€™s the end of the world with zombies running amok.
One of my favorite scenes involved the point of the journey when the wounded Danny dies. Crazy Steve suggests â€œchucking him out of the vanâ€ and Tony blows up with his adamant refusal of â€œchuckingâ€ his best mateâ€™s son out of the van. A proper burial is the only way to get the already rotting corpse out of the van. It is during the burial, that Danny boy rose up and Tony is forced to put a bullet in his head. The gun shot was heard by a band of medieval clad men traipsing through the wooded area. The gangsters made some comments the last being from Crazy Steve was heard by the medieval clad ZOMBIES. They attack the gangsters and the end result is they are all put down. The reason why this was my favorite scene, it was their actions on the final zombie. It reminded me of an Ozzy Osbourne song, â€œZombie Stompâ€. The gangsters stomped the shit out of the zombie. The way it was shot looked like the camera angle was on the ground looking up. The more they stomped the more blood splotches landed on the camera.
I could take you play by play, but suffice to say the crazy turn of events these men encountered had me laughing my guts out. I am a huge fan of British comedies and was most excited when I learned I would be doing the review for this film. What is this film like? Imagine “Shaun of the Dead” combined with Guy Ritchie’s in your face, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and you have the hysterical dynamics of “Gangsters, Guns and Zombies”. So many scenes come to mind when writing this review, but the “zombie stomp” was my favorite. For those who think the Brits have a dry sense of humor, some do, but one just canâ€™t help but laugh at these scenarios of this film. Anyone who doesn’t laugh has a serious defect. This a low budget film, but don’t get hung up on that term, because the filmmakers have created a damned good film.
I would like to point out the use of one wordâ€¦the f-word. If ever there was a film ripe for a drinking game then â€œGangsters, Guns and Zombiesâ€ will not disappoint. Holy F-k, every other word was F-k! If you take a drink after each one, you will be drunk before the end of the film! If you are offended by the word F-k, then you might not want to watch this film. If you areâ€¦you are missing out on an f-ked up f-cking funny film!
In this scene Tony (Huggy Leaver) had rolled down his window and whistled for this annoying zombie to leave Q’s side of the van
and come to Tony’s side where Tony could shoot him.
At the end of the film, the outtakes were a scream. It showed the cast and all the zombies had good time making this film and how appreciative the filmmakers were of their performances. I quite enjoyed the experience of viewing this film and wish it nothing but success on both sides of the Pond. This is Matthew Mitchellâ€™s debut feature film. I have three words for you sir, â€œI WANT MORE!â€
Char Hardin Independent Horror Film Reviewer check out her website: CharHardin.com