"“I’m sure director Andy Thompson isn’t expecting a BAFTA nomination for the feature…”"
My prime fear about Kill Keith was that it would only be funny for five minutes. However, I was wrong. It was funny for four.
Kill Keith has been pertinently described as ‘Saw meets Richard and Judy’. And, although being a quite apt account of the film, if that is the case, I’d say its more Saw VI meets Richard and Judy, after they moved to Channel Four.
As a whimsical spin-off from the successful Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill, Kill Keith centres around morning television show The Crack of Dawn, featuring co-hosts Dawn (Susannah Fielding) and Cliff (David Easter), although the latter is set to leave the show, as the network seek to find a replacement for the departing host.
However, the candidates rumoured to be in line to take over the position from the irreverently irate Cliff, featuring the likes of Keith Chegwin, Tony Blackburn, Joe Pasquale and Russell Grant, are being killed off one-by-one, as the murderer, dubbed the ‘cereal killer’, is brutally torturing his victims, taking them hostage, back to a murky, dark cellar with meat hanging off the walls.
However, as Dawn also fears for her life, coffee boy Danny (Marc Pickering), an aspiring host himself, who fancies the TV personality, hopes to protect Dawn from the killer, whilst attempting to win her heart in the meantime.
The film has all the makings of simply being a decent idea in the pub, after a few pints on a Friday night, where I’m sure at that particular time the proposal sounded rather promising. However, why the regret didn’t begin early the next morning is beyond me, as the peculiar idea to actually create a comedy-horror feature film starring a host of erstwhile television personalities shouldn’t have made it as far as actually being made into a movie.
Yet I suppose what lets the film off the hook somewhat, is how tongue-in-cheek it is. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and is seemingly aware of how daft it all becomes. And to be fair, it does have the occasional funny moment; particularly within it’s the sardonic portrayal of morning television, including a quite humorous segment named ‘Cheggers Knocks You Up’.
However, the occasional funny gag doesn’t save the meagre film from just seeming so unnecessary and highly-preventable – particularly because of its quite limited target audience. You really need to be of a certain age and to have nostalgia towards such celebrities to enjoy the film at all, and due to its narrative, it’s also been restricted to only appealing to British audiences.
And if you’re a big fan of Cheggers, then don’t be fooled by the title, as the comic broadcaster isn’t actually in it very often, as the romantic storyline of Danny and Dawn takes far more magnitude on the overall production.
But, in all honesty, I feel that I can’t really criticise it too much. It’s not attempting to be a great film, I’m sure director Andy Thompson isn’t expecting a BAFTA nomination for the feature, as it’s light-hearted, ridiculous and just a bit of fun. I’m sure if people do go to see the film they know what they’re going to be in for, and if expecting such a feature, can’t leave too disappointed.
And whilst we’re looking into the positive aspects, Pasquale (you know, that bloke from the telly with the annoying voice) dies a very brutal, unruly death, whilst wearing a bear outfit. Every cloud.
But despite such a positive, I hope the film doesn’t attempt to emulate Kill Bill any further, as a volume two would just be a step too far.