Sporting much the same cast as Devil’s Playground, Dead Cert is also available on instant Netflix.
Dead Cert (2010) – Not rated
“London gangsters meet the immortal undead in this supernatural horror flick. When the gangsters decide to sell their club — the Inferno — the most interested buyers turn out to be vampires eager to return to their ancestral home.”
“Four girls and three dogs. Dogs for &*$%’s sake. Who kills dogs?”
“Boy you can tell she ain’t had three kids.”
First I do have to warn you that the English accents are quite thick in this movie and the script features quite a bit of slang a la Snatch. The script is quite witty with a nice dry British sense of humor.
Jason Flemyng is first-billed on Netflix but sadly he just puts in a cameo. Craig Fairbrass is the star here as he was in Devil’s Playground. Rejoining him from Devil’s Playground are Danny Dyer, Lisa McAllister, and Mo Idriss.
Other prominent British character actors also litter the cast. Billy Murray (Don Beech from The Bill) is the chief villain Dante Livenko. Steven Berkoff (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Dexter Fletcher (Hotel Babylon), and Andrew Tiernan (Prisoners Wives) round out the cast of British heavies.
Sadly while the acting is fine, the action is unconvincing. It isn’t that it is bad, just not very good – pedestrian. The special effects are kept to a minimum (until the third act) which is just as well since they are a bit low-rent. Bizarrely for a movie that takes place mainly in a strip club, there is no skin.
Another issue are the odd inconsistencies. You have differences in the way the vampires look (multiple vendors for teeth?). You have vampires munching on prop arms and legs, although in all other ways they are played as straight vampires.
It’s unfortunate that I can’t recommend this. The crime aspects in the first act are well handled. The story, acting and script are good but the action and special effects are poor enough to pull you out of the movie. What a waste of a good cast.