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Graveyard Shift (1990)

R | | Horror | 26 October 1990 (USA)
In a very old textile mill, with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilona Margolis ...
Jimmy Woodard ...
Minor Rootes ...
Joe Perham ...
Mill Inspector


In a very old textile mill, with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time......he pushes you over.




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Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Graveyard Shift  »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)


$11,582,891 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Savini was attached to direct the film in the late 1980's but pulled out due to lack of studio interest. See more »


In the scene where they find the trap-door and climb down, right before the one lady falls, a man in a floral shirt is clearly visible on the right hand side of the screen sitting there in the dark. See more »


Nordello: This'll teach you to FIRE ME!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits have a strange theme song with the cast members saying stuff from the movie. See more »


References The 'Burbs (1989) See more »


By Brian Wilson & Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Deck Records
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Another Dourif must-see!
3 July 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Right then, I've read every review up until this one and I have to say..its the same old story - you're mostly all fruitcakes. GRAVEYARD SHIFT is one ripper of an admittedly "oddball" movie. A few people evidently share this view which is encouraging at least.

The film is a terrific character study and never have I come across a more depressingly grotty and apt setting for a bleak horror film. You need little imagination to smell the filth and dirt. David Andrews makes a superb anti-hero, as the college-boy/drifter who takes it right up to Mill owner Warwick...as dislikable a screen presence as any and so well played by Stephen Macht. Loved the caddie-bashing sequence. Brad Dourif as the Exterminator was simply out of his tree here - overacting????? hardly! this is Brad Dourif we're talking about!

So, four-fifths of you heaped scorn on the rat/bat? (it was a BAT actually) What the HELL does it matter WHAT it was - a feral chicken even? I've seen way worse monsters than this in my time around horror flicks. The production values on this film were high, this was NOT a rabid el-cheapo along the lines of HOWLING II !

In case you're interested. I would rate this as one of the better horror flicks of the last millennium. If I'm losing my objectivity then it must be a case of collective hypnosis because everyone in this family (and you're talking seriously varied tastes here) likes this flick! I would rate it a 6.75 !

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