Monday, October 12, 2015

Last Shift (Magnet Blu-ray)

Last Shift wasn’t exactly on my radar this year. I hadn’t heard of it until the announcement showed up in my inbox, but I knew it was a Magnet release. That usually bodes well for the type of quality Horror I want to see. What you’ve got here is supernatural, occult based Horror picture that continues along the path of two separate trends in our beloved genre: Supernatural movies heavily embedded with computer generated effects and Occult themed Horror with plenty of creepy religious zealots driving the movie. Combined, they sound like a fairly ordinary Horror picture; one you may have seen before, but this one has something a little different.

Juliana Harkavy carries the movie with a strong performance that will leave you a little tenser than you were when you started watching Last Shift. There’s a feeling of perfect isolation and almost claustrophobia that you feel throughout the entire picture as it takes place in a decommissioned police station that is need of one night’s worth of protection. You really get the feeling of being alone with Harkavy and … whatever else lurks in the police station with her.

Last Shift is a heavy on effects, confusion, strange creepy imagery that seems to come from nowhere and cult themes that feel like they transcend some of the stereotypical 70’s cult vibes and go straight for the Devil. That works well. Any imagery in this movie that involves Satan or Hell is good. Some of the paranormal stuff feels like it’s all over the place, messy and doesn’t fit within the theme of the movie. That’s where it gets confusing. That’s not to say that it isn’t effective; it feels out of place.

The overall tone of the movie is spooky and there’s plenty to see on the screen. This is one of those pictures where you’ll be yelling at your TV for the protagonist to get the Hell out of the police station, but I’m afraid your cries and orders will fall on deaf ears. I recommend this to folks who love Horror that involves Devil worship, occult Horror and enjoy that feeling of claustrophia and isolation that will feel easily identifiable as you watch it late into the night.

From Magnet:

Rookie police officer Jessica Loren [Juliana Harkavy - “The Walking Dead”] has been assigned the last shift at a closing police station and must wait for a hazmat crew collecting biomedical evidence. Ordered not to leave the station under any circumstance, Jessica comes to learn that it’s more than just an outdated station, its home to the ultimate embodiment of evil and his devoted followers. Cult leader Paymon has haunted the station ever since he and two of his followers committed suicide on the night of their arrest. Jessica is left to fend for herself in the devil’s playground.

Bonus Features

·      A Journey Into Hell: The Making of Last Shift
·      Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
·      Paymon Interrogation Viral Video
·      Poster Gallery
·      The Ballad of a Green Screen Guy

·      The Sound of Evil: Behind the Foley/Sound Design 

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