Title: Devil's Playground

Also known as:
London Zombie Epidemic (Swedish DVD title)

Year: 2010

Genre: Zombie / Survival / Horror

Language: English

Runtime: 92 min

Director: Mark McQueen

Writer: Bart Ruspoli

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1453245/

30,000 people are testing a new drug that will enhance them physically, but after some time the test subjects begin to act strange and becomes blood thirsty zombies. Except for one girl who is immune to the virus. When London is overrun by these monsters, a guy named Cole is set out to find the immune girl.

Our thoughts:
Zombies, zombies, zombies. Fucking zombies everywhere. I think the most recent zombie films that really impressed me were "Bone Sickness", "Dead & Breakfast" and "Shaun of the Dead". I even got bored by "The Walking Dead" in the second episode (although I plan to go back to that sometime). So basicly I haven't been impressed since 2004? When and where I first watched those movies, I don't know, but they are all from 2004, so shut it. I'm sure I am forgetting a title or two, but then I probably wasn't that impressed to begin with. It just seems to hard nowadays to make a good zombie movie. Bland, piece of shit, subgenre, that's what it is now. "Devil's Playground" isn't reviving it or giving us anything new to chew on, but at least it entertained me more than most of the recent ones I've seen have.

It's all been done before. A drug testing goes wrong and people become zombies (or infected.. I don't care, don't start the "28 Days Later" discussion with me) except for one girl. A mercenary who works for the drug company has to go through the zombie-filled town to find this girl because she is believed to be the anti-virus. The girl and a group of people eventually meet up with the mercenary, and that group stays together to fight through-out the movie. Except for two Americans who feel like they're outsiders so they try to get the Brits killed instead. Typical Americans.

Yes, the zombies are running, jumping, screaming, and whatnot. A few years back I'd be inserting some silly rant about it, but I honestly don't care. As a modern zombie movie, this one does alright. There's plenty of good survival scenes, and it interested me more to see how these characters would get to their goal than it did in something like the remake of "Dawn of the Dead" or "28 Days Later". The actors do good, especially Danny Dyer (who I liked in "Severance") and the macho Craig Fairbrass. Some very typical British characters, but I have no problem with that at all. They made the movie worth getting through.

"Devil's Playground" (prefer this title to "London Zombie Epidemic" that is used here in Sweden) won't resurrect this dying subgenre. It kinda just keeps it from being completely dead a little longer. People who still enjoy the subgenre should check it out, you might love it! For me it was just slightly above the crap we've seen before. Definitely not a new "Night of the Living Dead".

Positive things:
- Decent characters and good acting.
- One of the few decent modern zombie films.
Negative things:
- Very standard stuff.

Gore: 3/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 2/5

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