The Crack of Dawn is a successful morning television program presented by Cliff (David Easter) and Dawn (Susannah Fielding). Cliff is leaving the show and the celebrities short listed as his replacement, begin to be picked off one by one in grim, breakfast cereal related murders. Danny (Marc Pickering) is a studio runner working on the set of the show, who gets caught up in the mayhem while attempting to pursue his own dreams of being a presenter and his crush on Dawn.
The film is the directorial debut from Andy Thompson. It isn’t a big budget blockbuster, and its creators are well aware of this, they don’t try to push the film beyond its financial limits and the result is a crisp, well polished production.
Kill Keith is a horror comedy, and besides a few cheap, cringe worthy jokes, the humour is lighthearted and clever. The facetious, cheesy dialogue walks a thin line but is delivered flawlessly by the main cast. The celebrities in the film, which are well known UK presenters, including Joe Pasquale, Russell Grant, Tony Blackburn and of course, Keith Chegwin, all gave surprisingly good performances and played their parts for free. Watch out for Brian ‘The Vampire’ Stokes (Stephen Chance) who is brilliantly funny throughout the film.
This movie isn’t going to be for everyone. The scripting around Tony Blackburn’s alter ego is not as strong and doesn’t have the witty edge of the other characters. Also, at times, it drags slightly, it’s easy to forget that people are getting killed due to the heavy focus on the romantic comedy between Danny and Dawn. However, overall the film is an enjoyable watch, and its fun.
Kill Keith is getting a limited UK release in theaters on 11th November 2011.
Our Rating: 6.9 / 10