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Graveyard Shift

3.4 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time... he pushes you over. From horror master Stephen King comes his most terror-filled take yet. Gates Falls, Maine. When an abandoned textile mill is reopened, several employees meet mysterious deaths. The link between the killings: all occurred between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. - the Graveyard Shift. The sadistic mill foreman (Stephen Macht) has chosen a group to clean up the mill's rat-infested basement. But what the workers find is a subterranean maze of tunnels leading to the cemetery - and an unimaginable horror that comes alive in the dead of the night.

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  • Actors: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Andrew Divoff, Vic Polizos
  • Directors: Ralph S. Singleton
  • Writers: John Esposito, Stephen King
  • Producers: Ralph S. Singleton, Anthony Labonte, Bonnie Sugar, Joan Singleton, Larry Sugar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063URH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Graveyard Shift" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Graveyard Shift is always high on the list of bad Stephen King films but I don't think it's all that bad. I have the advantage of never having read the story so I have no point of reference to compare it to, which helps I think. As most King movies do, this one is set in Maine, Gates Falls specifically. David Andrews is John Hall, a drifter who blows into town, looking for work. Well there's basically just one business to work at, and that's the old, decrepit textile mill that pretty much supports the town.

The mill is run by the hard-nosed, and sadistic Warwick (Stephen Macht) who hires Andrews to run a machine that can only be run at night due to the high summer heat. Andrews is alone in a dingy, dungeon of a room running his machine and encountering rats...lots of rats that even get inside the bags of cotton he's loading into the machine. Here he meets Tucker the exterminator, played by Brad Douriff with his usual flair for offbeat characters.

Soon Warwick volunteers several employees for the unenviable task of cleaning the basement. The basement makes the upper levels look like a palace, as its filled with water throughout its maze-like halls. But the little group soon finds themselves hunted by a very nasty creature.

Is Graveyard Shift a classic? heck no! But it does have some very heavy atmostphere. If you're the least bit claustrophobic the Mill's basement will really give you the creeps. It's got solid performances, especially from the over-bearing Macht. The creature may not be the greatest but you can do far worse on the video shelves than this film.
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Graveyard Shift is one of those movies that most people have seen or caught part of at one time. It's not a great movie, but memorable enough that it gets stored away in the back of your mind. The only time you recall it at all is if someone refers to "that movie with the giant bat thing in it." Then you most likely know what they're talking about. Similar to Krull-Everyone remembers the cool throwing star, boomerang weapon thingamajig. The movie is based(very loosely)on a Stephen King short story. You know the film is in trouble when they adapt a short story and attempt to stretch it out to 90 minutes-there's a reason why short stories are short, ya know. Therefore, 5% of the film belongs to King, and 95% to the screenwriter. Yeah, drifter comes to town, gets job at textile mill, there's a rat problem and a bunch of guys try to clean it up, they run into giant bat monster. This is basically it, folks. You could actually make an entertaining flick from this premise, but this film is way too slow. The pre credit sequence has a gruesome giant bat thing murder, then we don't really hear from him again till the final ten minutes or so. The whole chunk of the film is used for boring subplots and character development that doesn't work. The three stars go towards Brad Dourif's great performance as the exterminator and the cool Lovecraftian underground bat lair. Otherwise, this is pretty cruddy.
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This movie is made rather half-heartedly, but it wallows so deep in the strange and disgusting that a fan of the horror genre can't help but be intrigued. It is based very loosely on Stephen King's story out of Night Shift. Its about a drifter who gets a job at an old mill where a bizarre death has just occured. The foreman is a sleazy adulterer who sleeps with his lady employees. The drifter falls for one of them and they become good friends. When one of the secretaries finds out she was put on cleanup, she trashes the foreman's car. Drifter stops the foreman from hitting the woman and the foreman asigns him to cleanup to take her place. That is when the party really gets started. The movie is by all means horrible, but it is still incredibly entertaining. It has no logic and the story is par at best, but you feel so compelled to watch it because it does hook you. Wich is why this is still one of my favorite horror movies. Look out for Brad Douriff as the exterminator.
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A drifter is looking for a new start and applies for a job at a mill in a small town. Conditions at the mill are not great but work is work. The foreman is a total jerk and get off on wielding his power. But things really start to get bad when a crew is sent to clean out the mill's basement. Due to the heat, work is done at night. The whole mill is infested with rats but there is something else lurking in the dark.

As the work progresses cleaning out the basement, it becomes clear that there is more to the mill. A trapdoor leads into another level showing where the mill used to run on river power. This level leads to other spaces and caves. It soon becomes apparent that there is something very deadly lurking down in the dark. The crew's numbers drop quickly and it becomes a race to survive. What lurks in the dark? Who will get away? Will the creature be stopped? Watch and find out.

This is one of the earlier Stephen King films and it is based on one of his creepier stories. Unfortunately the set design leaves a little to be desired. For instance, the old water wheel's bottom is in workspace inside the building. I have no idea how water was ever supposed to get to the wheel and turn it. But the story holds together well even if some of the scenery needs some continuity work. The creature is scary and characters colorful and interesting. Really one of the better Stephen King adaptations. Check it out.
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