LAST SHIFT (2014)
A rookie cop must survive the night as she's left alone at a haunted police station.
Last Shift is a movie that I never intended to watch. I saw that it had meh reviews and seemingly released straight to Netflix (which is where I watched it). I remember not being in the mood for anything heavy that night so I decided to watch it. And man was I surprised. First things first, it's exceptionally creepy and atmospheric. Abandoned places always freak me out and I was admittedly scared multiple times throughout. There's loads of effective imagery and sound designs that truly got under my skin. I was also invested in our lead, played by Juliana Harkavy. She doesn't really want to be at the police station, especially by herself, and when things start to get intense, I was rooting for her. The pacing was also very refreshing. I say that because a lot of horror movies I've seen recently have tried to be something they aren't. This one knows exactly what it is and sticks with it the entire way, and I appreciate that.
As to be expected, the acting isn't great. Aside from Harkavy (who I actually want to see more of), everyone else was pretty forgettable. I didn't care for anyone except for our lead, so when things would happen to them, I didn't blink an eye. The ending was also a huge disappointment. I remember thinking "really?" when the credits appeared. Maybe it's just a personal preference, but I hate when movies end that way.
Overall, I was impressed with Last Shift. It's a low budget horror flick that's perfect for a Halloween party. The scares are effective, the practical effects added to the intensity, the atmosphere was eerie as hell, and I was interest from start to finish. It does lack good acting and characters (aside from the lead), but other than that, this is a perfectly fine and underrated movie.
MY RATING: 6/10
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