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Graveyard Shift -- From horror master Stephen King comes his most terror-filled tale yet... Gates Falls, Maine. When an abandoned textile mill is reopened, several employees meet mysterious deaths.


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Stephen King (short story)
John Esposito (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 October 1990 (USA) See more »
Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time......he pushes you over.
In a very old textile mill, with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Andrews ... John Hall

Kelly Wolf ... Jane Wisconsky

Stephen Macht ... Warwick

Andrew Divoff ... Danson

Vic Polizos ... Brogan

Brad Dourif ... Tucker Cleveland / The Exterminator

Robert Alan Beuth ... Ippeston
Ilona Margolis ... Nordello
Jimmy Woodard ... Carmichael

Jonathan Emerson ... Jason Reed
Minor Rootes ... Stevenson

Kelly L. Goodman ... Warwick's Secretary
Susan Lowden ... Daisy May
Joe Perham ... Mill Inspector

Dana Packard ... Millworker
Skip Wheeler ... Millworker
Richard France ... Millworker
Anne Rooney ... Millworker

Raissa Danilova ... Millworker
Emmet Kane ... Exterminator's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tina Konstantoulakis ... Millworker (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph S. Singleton 
Writing credits
Stephen King (short story)

John Esposito (screenplay)

Produced by
William J. Dunn .... producer
Anthony Labonte .... associate producer
Joan Singleton .... associate producer (as Joan V. Singleton)
Ralph S. Singleton .... producer
Bonnie Sugar .... executive producer
Larry Sugar .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian Banks 
Anthony Marinelli 
Cinematography by
Peter Stein 
Film Editing by
Jim Gross 
Randy Jon Morgan 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
Mary Margiotta 
Richard Pagano 
Production Design by
Gary Wissner 
Art Direction by
Mayne Berke 
Jack Jennings 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Costume Design by
Sarah Lemire 
Makeup Department
Karen Blynder .... key makeup artist
June Brickman .... key makeup artist
Candy L. Walken .... hair stylist
Production Management
Diane Foti .... unit production manager
William Hassell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Chesney .... second unit director
Mark Cotone .... second assistant director
John G. Scotti .... first assistant director: second unit
Barry K. Thomas .... first assistant director
Art Department
Robert Beck .... property master
Robert Bonino .... construction coordinator
Dan Dorfer .... painter
Melissa Feinberg .... assistant property master
Wickham Irwin .... painter
Brenton L. Lane .... property master: second unit
Lyndell Wolff .... scenic artist
Brian Kontz .... plasterer (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... visual consultant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernie Blynder .... sound mixer
Jon Johnson .... supervising sound editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Eric Beldowski .... special effects coordinator: FX Smith, Inc.
Peter Chesney .... special effects supervisor: Image Engineering, Inc.
Tom Czarnopys .... creature sculptor
Robin L. D'Arcy .... image general manager: Image Engineering, Inc.
James Gawley .... creature mechanicals: FX Smith, Inc.
Emmet Kane .... effects lead person: Image Engineering, Inc.
Ralph Kerr .... effects lead person: Image Engineering, Inc.
Jim Kundig .... special effects
Raymond Mackintosh .... creature sculptor: FX Smith, Inc.
Don McLeod .... creature sculptor: FX Smith, Inc.
Dean W. Miller .... special effects coordinator: Image Engineering, Inc.
Evan Penny .... creature sculptor: FX Smith, Inc.
Gordon J. Smith .... creature effects supervisor: FX Smith, Inc.
Sandra Stewart .... special effects technician
Bill Sturgeon .... creature mechanicals: FX Smith, Inc.
Tom Szarnody .... creature sculptor: FX Smith, Inc.
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... visual effects: Illusion Arts, Inc.
Bill Taylor .... visual effects: Illusion Arts, Inc.
Albert Whitlock .... visual effects consultant
Randy Fife .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Baum .... camera operator (as Gary Howard Baum)
Beth Cotter .... assistant camera
James A. Earley .... grip
Kevin Fahey .... grip
Michael James Fahey .... best boy grip
Johnny Karls .... assistant camera (1990)
Anthony T. Marra II .... key grip
Michael A. McFadden .... grip
Daniel Pershing .... dolly grip
Thom Willey .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gail A. Fitzgibbons .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Karen Dale Greene .... assistant editor
Norman R. Walker .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Anthony Marinelli .... musician
Anthony Marinelli .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
William O'Brien .... transportation coordinator
Jim Petti .... transportation co-captain
Marty Radcliff .... driver
Jonathan A. Rosenfeld .... transportation coordinator
Brian Steagall .... driver
Other crew
David Allsberry .... animal trainer
Earl Boyd .... first aid
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Caleb Clark .... production assistant
Letty Gray .... production office
Carlene Hirsch .... second unit coordinator
Carol Keith .... production coordinator
Steven M. Rood .... assistant production coordinator
Jennifer M. Savoie .... key set production assistant
Richard Scott .... unit publicist

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89 min
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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 »
Continuity: When Moxy, the dog, is given a shot of liquor it changes levels between camera shots.See more »
[Tucker reports on the huge rat holes he's seen]
Tucker Cleveland:I don't mind telling you, this place is infested.
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Movie Connections:
References "Star Search" (1983)See more »
BAD BOYSSee more »


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Is 'Graveyard Shift' based on a book?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Intensely Yours!, 27 August 2012
Author: Avinash Shukla from India

Graveyard Shift speaks a lot about director Ralph Singleton's ability to make a great splatsticks and cheesy flicks. Perhaps this is as gory and bizarre as the novel itself. I believe Stephen King has a guardian angel that is always atop his head, inspiring him bring out the most unusual horrific thoughts. As far as the budget is concerned, GS is mediocre but the way this tale has been presented makes this film bit outlandish. The plot is simple, but the cause is freaky. The cinematography is great and gives a strange sullen atmosphere to the movie. The film has enough offering for the gore-hounds, who would love this flick for splatter reasons. The plot would have worked well even if it were incorporated in any of anthologies like 'Tales from the Darkside aka Creepshow 3.

A run down textile mill is restarted by a firm. The owners appoint a grouchy and malevolent supervisor Warwick (Macht) to make new recruitment and keep the production on the go. The exterminators, specially Brad Douriff discovers that the mill is infested with rats. The population of the rodents is so high, that they have dug big holes in the mill premises. We soon watch John Hall (David Andrews) taking role of a night shift worker. Others are astonished to see John take the night shift. The shift has a notorious past, because it took the life of old workers. We also come to know that the deaths have something to do with rats. Andrews soon assumes his responsibility and is time and again bugged by the presence of rats. He manages to fend some of them with an empty cola can and sling. John is bullied by his fellows Danson (Divoff) and Brogan (Polizos), but he wants to keep his profile low. John also shares some pleasant intimacy with his co-worker Jane (Kelly Wolf), which is despised by Warwick. Time goes by and other incidents of disappearances take place. Searching for the clue, the exterminator Douriff scans the nearby graveyard and discovers a tunnel. Before he could track the channels, he is crushed under a tombstone. Warwick compels the workers to participate in the extermination program. Unfortunately, the team stumbles upon a chain of interconnected tunnels, that lead to a nearby graveyard. One by one the workers are killed by something unimaginable, that rests and breeds inside this tunnel waiting for the good time. However, John still has his time for the final showdown.

The film succeeds in taking the viewers to discomfort. Unlike any other ambiguous horror farce that is trashed out in the name of horror, this doesn't lose grip. A newbie to horror may take it for a slow starter and soon start pigeonholing this gem of a film with other inferior squibs. This film has a strange atmosphere, that gets tedious and intolerable due to the presence of rats. Well, consider yourself working past midnight at a mill with no ventilation, heavily enervated and badly perspiring. Then to add to your troubles, you are alone, and furthermore you are surrounded by several hundred rodents, that are smelly and also HUNGRY! How do you think you'll react to this? Well watch GS to believe it. Cheers to Ralph Singleton!

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