Schlock-Wire: Shout! Factory To Release Vampire/Crime Hybrid DEAD CERT In September

Shout! Factory is generally known for vintage fare but they will be releasing something new in September.  Dead Cert is a British effort from 2010 that combines the vampire genre with the British crime film (it even features Jason Flemyng of Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels fame).  The film will be released in both the DVD and Blu-Ray formats on September 27th and both versions will feature an anamorphic transfer plus extras.  Read on for all the bloodsucking-Brit details…

You Think You Know Vampires? Think Again.




This Fall, get ready for a bloodthirsty mix of From Dusk Till Dawn and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels when  Dead Cert debuts for the first time in the U.S and Canada on Blu-ray™ and DVD September 27, 2011 from Shout! Factory, in association with Black and Blue Films. Jam-packed with all the ingredients of both a vampire flick and a gangster film — creepy monsters, scantily-clad women, tough-talking wise guys, gratuitous bloodshed and a seemingly crazy vampire hunter, Dead Cert features a star-studded cast of familiar British acting talent including Craig Fairbrass (The Bank Job), Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass), Billy Murray (Rise Of The Footsoldier), Lisa McAllister (Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes), Steven Berkoff (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Dave Legeno (Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince), Jason Flemying (X-Men: First Class) and Danny Dyer (Dead Man Running).

Produced by horror specialists Black and Blue Films and directed by Steve Lawson, Dead Cert marks a welcome return to the fun, almost-traditional British horror filmmaking style that affectionately evokes 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.

Dead Cert is a bloodsucking feast with more bite than most and one that horror fans will definitely enjoy sinking their teeth into.  (Blu-ray, $24.99 SRP / DVD, $19.97 SRP)

When respected but 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’s 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 club’s opening night, Freddie is approached by an uninvited guest in the form of Dante Livienko (Billy Murray), 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.


·        Audio commentary

·        Making-of Dead Cert

·        Theatrical trailer

Dead Cert (2010)

Black and Blue Films/Raw Film Productions

Starring: Craig Fairbrass, Dexter Fletcher, Billy Murray, Lisa McAllister, Steven Berkoff, Dave Legeno, Danny Dyer, Perry Benson and Jason Flemying as “Chelsea Steve”

Directed by Steve Lawson

Executive produced by Will Horn and Steve Lawson

Produced by Jonathan Sothcott and Billy Murray

Written by Ben Shilito and Jonathan Sothcott, based on an idea by Garry Charles

Director of Photography: James Friend

Editing by Jason de Vyea and Wade Jackson

Not Rated

Running time: 82 minutes

Special features are not rated


Dead Cert Blu-ray™ and DVD

Street Date: September 27, 2011

1080p High Definition/ 2:35:1

Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

English 5.1

Bonus content: standard definition, 2.0 stereo

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