Review: Last Shift (2014)

So, we may be a little behind.  But what does it matter, horror movie are…forever!

If you have not taken the time to watch Last Shift, it is on Netflix.  A few months ago, I would go to Walmart and see it sitting in the horror DVD section and debate, “should I buy Last Shift?”  I never did, there was some regret for sure.  Now, I know for sure if it is worth owning.  Yes, I know, it is on Netflix and I can watch any time.  But I am a horror collector, so I still buy DVDs and Blu Ray.  

dFDcZDSjJrRf18uzSLSWmsTKWU1Officer Loren(Juliana Harkavy) is a rookie and about to begin her first shift as a police officer.  Her father was also a police officer, killed while on duty and her mother isn’t thrilled her daughter is a cop.  She pleads with Loren to not take the job.  There is a new station down the road, all of the 911 calls are being diverted to the new station.  She is there to wait for the HAZMAT team to come in and collect evidence that is difficult to dispose of.  Under no circumstances is she allowed to leave her post.  The Officer she is replacing, gives her the short tour and leaves her alone in the old station.  This is when things get interesting.  A homeless man gains access to the station and pees on the floor.  She receives and emergency phone call from a frantic young girl.  Every event escalates and happen more frequent.

Like I said, I have been wanted to see this, for maybe about 6 or 8 months.  I was not let down.  The atmosphere of the entire film is full of dread and even when it feels safe, you get turned on your head.  There are some moments that you will not expect to happen.  The entire movie is building, every “paranormal” event is stronger and has a strong effect on Officer Loren.  By the end of the movie she is broken.

I really liked Last Shift overall.  The pacing is slow, but you have to watch the entire screen, you never know what could pop up or happen.  The acting was decent, but where the movie gets you, atmosphere and some of the effects.  Key word for this one, dread.  Do I suggest this, yes.  If you plan to watch the Last Shift, do it and do it in the dark late at night.  Put down the cell phone and watch the film.  The only problem, it is a one time watch for me.  Watch it and let us know what you think, if you have seen Last Shift, still let us know.  I have come to trust Magnet Releasing for horror.

For you collectors, if you are one that buys it all, Last Shift will fit well into the collection.  I am not going to buy this, I do collect, but I like films that I can watch over and over.  I have bought plenty of one time watches, but usually happens when I buy without seeing the film first.

The Last Shift has a IMDB rating of 5.7, I rate it at 6.8.

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Who am I? I am a widower now, father of two amazing children. I co-created the website, Nightfall Unlimited with a good friend of mine. Nightfall Unlimited was a great learning experience for me and I learned a lot from so many great people. I had the chance to dip my toes into blogging and even social networking. Now, we are here, the Horror Syndicate is nearly a year old and we are having fun! There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. Since then, I have built a nice horror film collection of my own and started a Facebook Horror Group, The Horror Movie Massacre. I wrote for Nightfall and Rage of Rayzor, realized there is a lot of horror content I wanted to put out. So, I drafted some fellow horror fans to make a site, run by fans, for fans and here we are. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)