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A rookie cop's 1st shift alone in the last night of a closing police station turns into a living nightmare.

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Anthony DiBlasi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliana Harkavy ... Jessica Loren
Joshua Mikel ... John Michael Paymon
Hank Stone ... Grip Cohen
J. LaRose ... Patrick Black
Sarah Sculco ... Kitty Paymon
Kathryn Kilger ... Dorthea Paymon
Natalie Victoria ... Marigold
Mary Lankford Poiley Mary Lankford Poiley ... Birdie (as Mary Lankford)
Matt Doman ... Officer Ryan Price
Lindsi Jeter Lindsi Jeter ... Bashed Face Betty / Ghost Girl
Randy Molnar ... Steve Loren
Jason Fusco Jason Fusco ... Bio Joe / Paymon Follower #1
Scott Poiley ... Bio Clean #3
Jeremy S. Brock Jeremy S. Brock ... Detective
Skyler Poiley Skyler Poiley ... Ghost Girl
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From director Anthony DiBlasi comes a Manson inspired horror film centering around a transitioning police station. Officer Jessica Loren has been assigned to wait for a Hazmat team to pick up bio-hazardous waste from the station's armory. But unbeknownst to Jessica, cult Leader John Michael Paymon has haunted the department ever since he and two of this followers committed suicide a year ago to date. And now, Jessica is about to find out how dangerous they can be when she's left alone on this Last Shift.

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Fear the Ones Left Behind. See more »


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Rated R for bloody horror violence, disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paymon See more »

Filming Locations:

Sanford, Florida, USA

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Skyra Entertainment See more »
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The name Paymon is taken from the demon name Paimon. According to The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King, Paimon is one of the Kings of Hell, more obedient to Lucifer than other kings, and has two hundred legions of demons under his rule. See more »

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When Officer Price walk out from office, you can see crew reflections first on the window and second time on glass door. See more »

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John Michael Paymon: I am the dancing flame.
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Father, I Have Come for You
Written by Meghan Toohey
Performed by Meghan Toohey
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Amazing use of simple premise
19 September 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

It's a rarity for movies to use lone character in extreme predicament. This rings especially true for horror movies, since most of them focus on diverse victims to build up tension. Surprisingly, Last Shift creates a very menacing night with great pace, eerie sound effect, visceral practical effect and highly intense atmosphere.

The first night at the job for Jessica (Juliana Harkavy) is also the last night her old precinct is in effect. This old police station is scheduled for closure and it's been in tattered condition for what seems to be a long time. It's the kind of building one would find in Silent Hill, with the rust and all. Being alone in the cryptic place, Jessica soon finds herself in bizarre unworldly situation.

As the exclusive lead Jessica Harkavy performs admirably. While the movie has several supporting characters, many scenes revolve around her. She brings a good young personality as a police rookie, she also displays adequate composure which slowly fades as her mind is exhausted. There's plenty of good convincing reactions from her as well as slightly more desperate ones when the paranormal occurrences escalate.

The movie also employs many fresh scare tactics, these are not limited to jump scares alone. Without spoiling much, the horror comes from creepy attrition on the lone cop, sudden swings of tones or simply precise timing for haunting. This frankly took me by surprise, they are effective either by playing with audience's expectation so well or just creating frightening bursts of ominous apparition.

Visually, it's dark but doesn't venture too much into vagueness. The occasional glimpse is deliberate, making good use of shadow and light. Sound effects play important role too, there are multiple scenes where the trickling and humming pique enough curiosity to excellently create the atmosphere.

It's not without flaws though. Not every scare is spot-on, a couple of them are less effective, and the movie still uses some fast editing. However, they are just minor hindrance as the movie keeps a solid consistent pace and its finer moments easily overshadow these hiccups.

Last Shift is a pleasant surprise. Delightfully intense and utterly creepy, it's one of the sleeper horrors in recent years.


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