Devil's Playground trailer shows more British zombies
The trailer for Devil's Playground does remind me of 28 Whatever's Later, but then a film about a zombie take over of London is going to do nothing but that is it? Especially when the film has the ultra fast killing zombies in it.
Saying that, the trailer does look rather good, and there is Craig Fairbrass in the film, even if it does contain Danny Dyer, a fact that isn't exactly a big selling point at the moment.
The director of Devil's Playground is Mark McQueen, a man who has filmed over a hundred episodes of Top Gear, something that I think once you realise, starts to seep through the trailer. After all you can see some of the cool, high speed HD footage from the Top Gear car montages that really does look cinematic, and some of the action pieces in the trailer have a similar feel, just a lot darker and without a car.
Danny Dyer, MyAnna Buring, Jaime Murray, Sean Pertwee, Craig Fairbrass, Shane Taylor, Colin Salmon, Craig Conway and other British television and film talent appear, but the main cast looks interesting, apart from Dyer.
He's not on the hot list at the moment in the UK for some comments he made off screen, and that aside, he's not my favourite actor. Fronting a documentary on football hooligans or starring in a film as a Londoner who is a bit of a lad seems to deliver the same performance without much difference. There have been flashes of something in his films, but he's never really had a chance, nor taken a chance, to deliver something more.
Craig Fairbrass on the other hand is a good talent, and someone I wish had been made more of after his appearance in Cliffhanger. He's a big burly guy, action star material, but then he has a wonderfully expressive face that isn't all about the hard man. Certainly he's had many roles since then, and some bigger ones, plus he's not shy of working with some eight other films in various forms of production. I hope to see more of him, The Expendables 2 perhaps?
Let's not get me started on the excellent Sean Pertwee either, what a superb British actor that hasn't had the big success he deserves, although to be fair he's made some superb film choices.
Throw in Jaime Murray and Colin Salmon and I'm wondering if we have something a little more interesting than you might first think. Here's the blurb for Devil's Playground:
London, the not too distant future. Newgen Industries, a leading pharmaceutical company, is trying to placate a media uproar. It’s new "legal performance enhancer", RAK-295, has met with spectacular failure during testing, causing severe physical and allergic reactions in all 30,000 of its test subjects.
Allergic reactions in all but one user... Angela Mills.
Angela is pregnant and is making arrangements for own leave of absence from a city full of woe and bad memories for her. With Angela being the only person not to report any type of reaction to Newgen, Dr. Brooke (Head of Newgen) understands that Angela may hold the key to solving this disaster and enlists Cole, the head of security to find her and bring her in for examination, but Cole, a hardened ex-mercenary, has just handed in his resignation to Peter White, the CEO of the company. Why? He wants out - the undercover violent and murderous job of solving problems 'off the record' has started to weigh heavy on his conscience.
The outbreak claims Brooke and Peter White and during the struggle Cole is bitten - his fate sealed….Or is it?
You can see the trailer over at the production company's site through 24framespersecond, and it's a good trailer and promises quite a bit from the film, although I think we might have seen just about every zombie kill going.