Thursday, March 10, 2016

Last Shift (2014)


One of the things I like about Netflix is how some studios release their movies on the service mere weeks (or in the case of IFC, the day of) their home video release. Case in point-Magnolia pictures, who have a tendency to release their movies a month or so afterwards, such as today's movie "Last Shift".

Jessica Loren (Juliana Harkavy) is a rookie cop who is told to wait for a team to pick up hazardous material. Unbeknownst to her, the department is haunted by the ghost of John Michael Paymon (Joshua Mikel), a cult leader whose spirit-and those of his followers-is waiting and ready for her...


Best described as a mix of "Assault on Precinct 13" and "Sinister", "Last Shift" is a movie that definitely got under my skin. It's a bit of a slow burn (and occasionally drags), but as it goes on, the film creates an atmosphere of dread and unease that sticks with you, thanks in particular to the simple but effective story that creates a sense of isolation. Oh, and the fact that it manages to do jump scares and not come off as derivative or forced. They actually feel earned. Oh, and when the final 20 minutes come in, it all builds into something that actually creeped me out a bit.

I'd be lying if the movie is perfect (some of the visuals feel a little too much like the director watched "Sinister" and thought "hey, let's do something like that!") but in the end, this is a nice little sleeper that deserves your attention.


Rating: 7.5/10

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