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Dead Cert - Premiere Information
By James Whittington, Tuesday 6th July 2010

Dead Cert DVD CoverDead Cert is the second feature from British director Steve Lawson (Just For The Record) and is a vampires-meet-gangsters shocker that is billed as affectionately evoking the spirit of the contemporary-set movies of Amicus and Hammer - particularly the latter's Dracula A.D. 1972 and The Satanic Rites Of Dracula. A hybrid of the vampire and Cockney gangster movie genres that comes complete with all the standard ingredients of both - creepy monsters, beautiful, scantily-clad women, tough-talking wise guys, guns, stakes, gratuitous bloodshed and a seemingly crazy vampire hunter.

Small-time gangster Freddie 'Dead Cert' Frankham (Craig Fairbrass) is unexpectedly given the chance to make a tentative leap into the big leagues with the opening of his new nightclub in London's East End, he doesn't quite realize what he is getting into. Unknown to Freddie and his partners, the club stands on the former site of a Black Church, established as a temple of evil in the 17th Century by a Romanian warlord-turned-vampire known as The Wolf. Flushed out of the city by emissaries of the Vatican during the Great Fire of London, and since then exiled in mainland Europe, The Wolf and his undead disciples have now returned to England to continue their diabolical plans to expand their legions and overcome mankind.

On the opening night of the club, Freddie is approached by an uninvited guest in the form of Dante Livienko, an Eastern European businessman, gangster and drug-dealer with a fearsome reputation. Livienko and his associates want ownership of the club and are prepared to make Freddie an offer he can't refuse in order to get what they want. But to Freddie, his new, legitimate business means far more to him than money and he's not about to give up his hard-earned turf without a fight. What he doesn't know, but is soon to find out, is the man he is about to cross is a 500-year-old vampire determined to rebuild his empire of evil on its original, unhallowed site.

The World Premiere of Dead Cert will take place 11.30pm on Thursday 27th August on the opening night of the FrightFest horror film festival. Talent confirmed as attending (according to the films PR) include Craig Fairbrass, Lisa McAllister, Billy Murray, Dexter Fletcher, Jennifer Matter and screen legend Steven Berkoff along with director Steve Lawson, Executive Producer Martin Kemp and Producer Jonathan Sothcott who commented, "I'm so excited we're going to Frightfest - it really is the best horror film festival in Europe and its a real honour that they've taken Dead Cert. Craig Fairbrass and I went last year and were blown away by what a quality event it is."

If you can’t make it to FrightFest then you can get hold of Dead Cert on DVD from 27th September thanks to Momentum Pictures on 2010.


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