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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Hall
... Jane Wisconsky
... Warwick
... Danson
... Brogan
... The Exterminator
... Ippeston
Ilona Margolis ... Nordello
Jimmy Woodard ... Carmichael
... Jason Reed
Minor Rootes ... Stevenson
... Warwick's Secretary
Susan Lowden ... Daisy May
Joe Perham ... Mill Inspector
... Millworker
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

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Horror

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26 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Graveyard Shift  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,582,891
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-stars Andrew Divoff and Raissa Danilova later married two years after this film was completed. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

The ending credit roll, features a disclaimer "No animals were harmed in any way during the making of this film" ... "Animal handling was supervised by the ASPCA". See more »

Connections

References Star Search (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

BLUE HOUR
By Steven Moos, Norman Harris, Alfons Kettner
Performed by The Metropolitans
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good and underrated chiller.
31 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

You don't hear or read much about this movie based on a short story written by Stephen King and I think that's a shame. It sure ain't no big masterpiece but it got several things going for it. Though, there is ONE aspect that makes this film very memorable ! The very creepy atmosphere. Graveyard Shift takes place is a textile factory during a very hot summer. Temperatures are so high, the men have to work at night...during the Graveyard Shift !

You can actually feel the heat these men are working in. You can feel the sweat running down their back and you can feel the dirt on their bodies, caused by the hard work. That's a very good mood being set. When it comes to the level of "scary" I would dare to say that some scenes equal to that of "Arachnophobia"... Because the hideous little creatures here are rats, and these animals scare and disgust people as much as spiders do. Graveyard Shift contains some great acting performances as well. Andrew Divoff is a decent actor and the guy who plays Warwick is fantastic ! He has the face of a natural born bastard so the role he plays fits him very well. I don't know his name but he reminds me of Fred Ward. I'll keep my eyes open for possible other movies he starred in. And then there's ...Brad Dourif!! This guy always delivers !!! Whether he plays in big budget productions like LOTR: The Two Towers or in small obscure horror films, he's always brilliant. Especially here, as the "Exterminator". His little Vietnam anecdote is the best scene in the whole film. He's still too underrated, if you ask me. So these are all good elements, no ? Then, why is Graveyard Shift not up there with the big titles in the genre? Well, the low budget obviously killed this movie. Most scenes are very dark and hard to follow. The big monster is supposed to be very impressive, but you're never able to see it properly. Half of the time, you're wondering "what? ...what happened ??" Real shame and waste. I'm convinced that with a few clear and decent special effects and make-up, this movie could have been one of the best horror films of the 90's.


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