Updated: Feb 9
‘Last Shift' is a film I have seen appear on numerous 'top’ horror lists over the years, yet never felt drawn to it for one reason or another. If, like me, you have encountered this film and assumed that it would not be to your liking, then I urge you to give it another chance. Restricted to the confines of a disused police station, and taking place during one single 4 hour period, the claustrophobic nature of the set location awakened my senses and had me curious within minutes after the opening credits. It’s fair to say that I was was fully engaged in everything else that unfolded there after.
The direction and cinematography were great; continuously moving and changing the perspectives of the camera provides an enormous amount of discomfort and unsettlement. The practical and makeup effects are captivating, creating some extremely disturbing visuals and scares. This is combined with some impressive use of lighting, and I would strongly recommend watching this in a completely dark room for the ultimate experience. There is the occasional jump scare here and there, but I feel these attributes are synonymous to this specific sub genre and as much as I dislike them, they are kind of expected here.
This is without a doubt one of the most impressive haunting/psychological horror films I have come across to date. The ambiguity of ghostly vengeance or psychological breakdown is a verdict left for the viewers to decide. I can see this being something that won't land well with everyone, and for me it will require a second viewing to decide. However, my over all experience majorly outweighs the conflicting opinions I have on the closing moments. This came as a very welcomed surprise to me, and I strongly recommend 'Last Shift' to those yet to see it.
Read Marc's full review here