Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LAST SHIFT

Last Shift Movie Review

Rookie Policewoman Officer Jessica Loren (Juliana Harkavy) is about to work her first shift on the job--incidentally, it also happens to be the final shift at the old police station, an overnight shift, and she will be alone. She is told they are leaving this building due to bad pipes, but the truth is far more frightening. This 2014 low budget horror flick was filmed, and takes place, in Sanford, Florida, just up the road from where I am, and I may or may not have seen an ad on Craigslist looking for help making this film--if so, I regret not contacting them--if not, I don't have to feel bad about not being a part of this film, but Skyra Entertainment, if you're ever filming in Central Florida again and need help, look me up!

Well, I mean...not like that!

This film isn't entirely original, but there is plenty going on to keep your attention. It is kind of, sort of inspired by the Manson Family killings (they're even mentioned in the film), and is filled with some terrifying scenes and images.

Bloody hell

This being a horror film and whatnot, you are going to have to suspend belief a little bit and fight off the temptation to scream at the lead character as she makes one stupid decision after another--the film does attempt to explain why she is making such choices, but these explanations are shaky at best. The other major trap this film falls for is the over reliance on jump scares. These things aside, Last Shift is actually a pretty good horror film--the makeup department in particular deserves a ton of credit here. The acting is decent, and after a bit of a rough start Harkavy turns in a good performance. The story moves at a good pace, and though a lot of the stuff you see unfold before you is predictable, the ending may catch you by surprise. In all honesty, when I came across this film on Netflix, I saw the cover photo and didn't expect much.

This screams "3 out of 10" doesn't it?

But as my first grade teacher Mrs. Richmond told me a "few" years ago, "Never judge a book by its cover."--this applies to Last Shift, one of the finer horror films of the past couple years...I wonder what ever became of Mrs. Richmond?

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

Last Shift Movie Trailer

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