Director: Anthony DiBlasi
Starring: Juliana Harkavy, Joshua Mikel & J. LaRose
Synopsis: A rookie cops first shift in the last night of a closing police station alone turns into a living nightmare.
Rating: 15 Duration: 85 minutes Release date: 18 January (UK)
Director Anthony DiBlasi’s latest film; Last Shift is hardly unique and comparisons have labelled it as a supernatural Assault on Precinct 13, but taken for what it is Last Shift is a compelling indie horror film that works far more than it should.
Rookie police officer Jessica Loren (Juliana Harkavy) is spending her first night on the job in an abandoned police station while she waits for a HAZMAT team to arrive to clear out the remnants of the evidence room and any other awkward items. As the night wears on she begins to have some strange experiences.
As things begin to go bump in the night, Officer Loren must deal with a homeless man urinating in the station, unwanted phone calls and the murderous spirits of three killers who terrorised the police station several years ago.
There are similarities to a host of other horror films and, at times, Last Shift follows a very familiar beat. But what it does well is give us a leading character who is worth caring for. Harkavy commits herself to the role of the first time police officer and brings a levity to the film, that helps ground the supernatural elements.
Director DiBlasi keeps things moving nicely, and the slow build-up is rewarded with a solid final third that plays on both the audience’s and Officer Loren’s fear. The result is a very accomplished horror film which shows a lot of promise for an interesting director.