When a virus turns the population of London into flesh-eating freaks, a few survivors struggle to escape to safety in the deeply unoriginal but watchable horror pic “Devil’s Playground.” Debut helmer Mark McQueen has almost nothing up his ragged, blood-soaked sleeve that hasn’t been seen in a slew of recent zombie movies (especially “28 Days Later,” with its fast-moving semi-dead). However, presence of regular schlock-horror thesp Danny Dyer (“Severance”) should ensure a few happy rides on the ancillary merry-go-round at least.
When 29,999 trial subjects of a new performance-enhancing drug start turning into ravenous mutants, Cole (Craig Fairbrass), who works for the company responsible, goes in search of Angela (MyAnna Buring), the only trial subject who hasn’t been zombified. Angela is the estranged g.f. of a policeman (Dyer) who’s been in trouble for accidentally shooting an armed suspect. The three of them band together with assorted predictably doomed others to get the hell out of Dodge. Risible dialogue and wooden thesping are just the start of the pic’s problems, compounded by a disappointing lack of diversity among zombie extras.