Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 90: Last Shift

This is one of the better indie horror flicks I have come across in the last few years. The premise is simple: A rookie policewoman must stay alone overnight in an old precinct house the night before it is to be closed down. There is a creepy supervisor, the staff at the new precinct house, a tired hooker, a disturbed homeless man and even a friendly cop with a secret but the main character is still literally alone for most of the movie. The horror starts when the restless spirit of a Satanic murderer who committed suicide while being held in the building comes back to make trouble.

Juliana Harkavy does a great job carrying the movie as she is in every scene. She is living in the shadow of her father, a honored veteran officer who was killed apprehending the aforementioned Satanic murderer. The timeline doesn't especially hang together (as it feels like the death of her father came years earlier) but the wild ride that comes through is worth hanging in for. One especially creepy shot that will stay with you is the hanged body of the killer dragging itself into view in a physically impossible way. I couldn't really guess where the movie was going at any given point and I was so wrong about the role certain characters would play that I was pleasantly surprised. Your mileage may vary and you may be a step ahead the whole time but I would say, if you can let yourself go, you might enjoy it.

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