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Devil's Playground (2010)

Not Rated | | Action , Horror | September 2011 (USA)
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As the world succumbs to a zombie apocalypse, Cole, a hardened mercenary, is chasing the one person who can provide a cure. In his way aren't only the flesh-eating, super-athletic cannibals... See full summary »

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Mark McQueen

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Bart Ruspoli (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Fairbrass ... Cole
Danny Dyer ... Joe
MyAnna Buring ... Angela Mills
Jaime Murray ... Lavinia
Shane Taylor ... Geoffrey
Bart Ruspoli ... Matthew Mills
Craig Conway ... Steve
Lisa McAllister Lisa McAllister ... Kate
Alistair Petrie ... Andy Billing
Jack Healy Jack Healy ... Jim
Del Henney Del Henney ... Dr. Michael Brooke
Colin Salmon ... Peter White
Sean Pertwee ... Rob
Ben Shafik ... Cooper
Michael Eaves ... Mr. Morgan
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As the world succumbs to a zombie apocalypse, Cole, a hardened mercenary, is chasing the one person who can provide a cure. In his way aren't only the flesh-eating, super-athletic cannibals as humanity's greatest danger, but people themselves! Written by Anonymous

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The fight for survival has begun.. See more »

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Action | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Contagion: Devil's Playground See more »

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$2,400,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sean Pertwee makes his cameo as a favor to producer Jonathan Sothcott after having to drop out of Dead Cert at the last minute. See more »

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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Land of the Dead (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Bringing London To A Standstill
By James Edward Barker
Performed by James Edward Barker
Copyright 2010
Published by Veneration Music 2010
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Night of the Living zzzzzz
15 October 2010 | by WirelessESee all my reviews

Although I imagine this is a straight to DVD affair, I caught this film on the big screen, followed by a Q&A with the director, and other members of cast and crew, who seemed very proud of their work.

During the showing the film got a few unintentional laughs which led a member of the cast to comment afterwards "I didn't know we had made a comedy zombie film" - No you didn't, you made a film which for the most part was extremely dull, with a wafer thin story and unconvincing characters. The laughter in the audience was due to the poor delivery of meagre lines of script and cliché plot developments.

With so many zombie films out there, you need a new angle to stand out from the crowd, and it was the directors belief that this comes from the fact that the zombies are free runners. To be fair, although free running zombies is only one step forward from the speedy zombies of the Dawn of the Dead remake and 28 Days Later, it's not a bad idea and I was fairly enthused with the idea of seeing this slight new twist. However I was soon to be extremely disappointed that although the film was being sold with this as its unique selling point, this wasn't exploited at all. Yes, the zombies (which mostly just looked like young people in hoodies) ran fast, jumped and vaulted over cars and other obstacles in their way a few times, but I was left thinking is that it, could they not jump and twist off a few buildings or do something well a bit more visually exciting?

The fact that this aspect of the film didn't live up to the hype was only compounded by the complete lack of interesting story. I never bought into any of the characters, especially the lead (played by Craig Fairbrass) who for me has no screen presence whatsoever. Within half an hour I couldn't care less whether any of the characters survived, and the zombies were so uninspiring that I couldn't even root for them.

On the plus side, I thought the film was well shot, with some cool images of London just about stopping me nodding off from boredom a couple of times. Plus there was a genuinely funny cameo from Sean Pertwee (the best part of the film). Shame that his character was never to be seen again, his story might have been more interesting!


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