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Graveyard Shift (1990)

R  |   |  Horror  |  26 October 1990 (USA)
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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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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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Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time......he pushes you over.

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$11,582,891 (USA)
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Warwick: [to the monster] We're going to hell together!
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Graveyard Shift
11 March 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Stephen King's Graveyard Shift is a gritty and messy little film about rats and yarn mills. The story is about a group of workers who are instructed by their boss to clean out the rat infested basement of the mill they work at. Meanwhile, a few other people have been murdered by a mysterious creature roaming the workplace. Also there is a hoard of rats down there which love to lick up human blood. So as soon as the cleaning crew start their work, they get attacked by the huge creature and many of them die. The creature's death at the end is done well, but it doesn't make up for the boring movie.

Now, I still don't know what the hell the huge creature is at the end. It's supposed to be a giant rat (I think) but it looks like a bat. Maybe it's a mutation, who knows? It does look gruesome though. The death scenes involve lots of gruesome gore as well. The problem with this film, which was originally a short story, is that it goes on and on too long. It's very dull and just plain boring at times. And I have to say watching this film, I wonder if the actors were told not to shower at all during the making of it. They all looked so dirty and nasty. The grittiness of the movie is at an extreme.

And all of the characters are plain scum. As viewers you root for them to die in a way just so they'll shut up. Like the guy down in the basement killing rats with a water hose. Did he have to scream every time he pumped out the water? That scene went on for a good three minutes. I couldn't wait for him to be off my screen. This is one of Stephen's King's worst adaptions. Children the Corn is often frowned upon when King's films are mentioned, but this is far worse.

3/10


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