Film Review: Last Shift (Netflix)
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I love finding indie films on Netflix that snuck under the radar and/or even what I do for the film
fest in finding and promoting them (if not being lucky enough to have them screen at our fest).
One of my favorites of late is Anthony DiBlasi’s film, LAST SHIFT. Wow! This film is actually
creepy. For people not like me, so desensitized to horror, I bet it scares the crap out of
them…haha. And, again, it really came in under my radar, which I love and sort of feel shameful
about because I was a fan of DiBlasi’s film take on Clive Barker’s story, DREAD. That one may
well be on Netflix, too, so you might be getting a two-for-one deal out me actually. You’re
On to the film, LAST SHIFT, though: The whole film is another perfect example of how such
an engaging and intense story can take place with only a handful of characters and in one set
location. I’m serious. The set-up is – during the last shift, overnight at a pretty cleared out and
barren police dept. a rookie, female officer gets the job of basically being night watch and
answering the one phone left in the place to forward to the new precinct (where everyone else is
apparently). Through the night, it becomes clear that this barren station is extremely haunted by
satanic cult prisoners jailed there however long ago and who died there via disturbing
circumstances. The female officer is our one main character, our one point of view (it’s cinematic –
not found footage style, by the way) and it unfolds perfectly with the kind of creepy reveals that you
loved about films like The Changeling, Poltergeist, Lights Out, The Conjuring, The Ring etc. In
short, it’s a ghost film done so very, very correctly. As with all ghost stories, there is a mystery to
be solved of why the spirits are so much at unrest, but like with the other films I just mentioned,
LAST SHIFT doesn’t become so much of a feel good story or relieve you of practically all the
creepiness that so many studio, ghost films usually end up turning into. No, this film keeps and
holds to its tone, and I really appreciate that.
With such an isolated location and plot and just the one main character, I really can’t go too
much into detail without spoiling anything. Also, though, it’s a film where every little detail matters
in its mystery or just in how details domino effect set up the scares, so again, I would feel like it’s
spoiling to give you much more than I have. I just hope you’ll trust me that the film is really good
and absolutely a cut above a lot of other ghost films out there that seem to be flooding the market.
So, give it watch. I really think it will surprise you how good it is.
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Director: Anthony DiBlasi
Starring: Juliana Harkavy, J. Larose, Randy Molnar