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Dead Cert (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror | 26 August 2010 (UK)
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A gang of tough London gangsters get more than they bargained for when a group of businessmen make an offer to buy their club, the Inferno. They turn out to be nothing less than Vampires ... See full summary »

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Steven Lawson

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Ben Shillito, Steven Lawson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Fairbrass ... Freddy 'Dead Cert' Frankham
Jason Flemyng ... Chelsea Steve
Dexter Fletcher ... Eddie Christian
Danny Midwinter Danny Midwinter ... Dennis Christian
Billy Murray ... Dante Livenko
Roland Manookian ... Chinnery
Lisa McAllister Lisa McAllister ... Jen Christian
Dave Legeno ... Yuvesky
Danny Dyer ... Roger Kipling
Steven Berkoff ... Kenneth Mason
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Magoo
Ricky Grover ... Herbie
Janet Montgomery ... Giselle
Lorraine Stanley ... Chelle
Andrew Tiernan ... Chekha
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A gang of tough London gangsters get more than they bargained for when a group of businessmen make an offer to buy their club, the Inferno. They turn out to be nothing less than Vampires wanting their land back and turn viciously on the gangsters when their demands are not met. Written by American Film Market

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vampire | See All (1) »

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Underground Meets Underworld See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangsters Vs. Zombies See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Strippers vs Werewolves (2012) See more »

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Leave it out, you pointy-toothed slag!
11 June 2012 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Not only does ex-East End wrong 'un turned legit entrepreneur Freddy 'Dead Cert' Frankham (Craig Fairbrass) lose his best friend in a bare-knuckle smack-down with ruthless head-case Yuvesky (Dave Legeno), but he also loses his livelihood, having unwisely staked his business (strip club The Paradise, which somehow boasts one of the best rooftop views in London) in a wager against Romanian gangster Dante Livenko (Billy Murray). More than a little miffed, Freddy and his dodgy mates decide to seek retribution for their pal's demise and take back what was theirs, only to discover that Livenko and his thugs are vampires.

Brit gangster/vampire flick Dead Cert hardly explores new ground, essentially being a fairly low-budget Cockney retread of 90s Tarantino/Rodriguez genre mash-up From Dusk Till Dawn. But despite scoring low in the originality department, the film still manages to be reasonably entertaining enough nonsense for its duration thanks to its colourful collection of criminals performed by a veritable Who's Who of affordable London actors. The film's splendid cast includes Dexter Fletcher and Jason Flemyng, counts no less than three ex-Eastenders stars amongst its number (Murray, Fairbrass, and Ricky Grover), and also features the likes of Steven Berkoff, Perry Benson ('Dad' from Mum & Dad), and Danny-bloody-Dyer, making this film more Cockney than a pearly king and queen eating jellied eels in Bethnal Green. Watching these guys do their thing is a blast.

Where the film doesn't work quite so well is in pulling off the awkward genre switchover from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels style gangster shenanigans to vampire flick: the change comes way too late in the day and is all too sudden, leaving viewers no time to adjust to the shift and giving the film little opportunity to make the most of its horror aspect. Other negatives include a lack of nudity from the busty beauties who work in the Paradise (for a strip club, there ain't much skin on show) and Billy Murray not bothering to adopt a Romanian accent (the makers were obviously so pleased to have him on board they wrote an excuse for this into the script). A few juicy stakings and a unique solution to the vampire problem go some way to compensating for these less than perfect elements in the film's finalé.


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