One of the best indie horror films of the past decade was 2014’s Last Shift which starred Juliana Harkavy.
That film sparks many nightmares as a female rookie cop is trapped alone with haunts inside a police station about to be closed down.
So, it’s somewhat bewilderment that a studio decided to remake a film for audiences in less than a decade.
Then again, the reboot is from the original 2014 director Anthony DiBlasi with a new re-imagination of this cult favorite movie in this untitled Last Shift film. He reteams with Scott Poiley (Last Shift, Missionary) on the story and under a new production company of Welcome Villain.
“The world Scott and I envisioned for this story was always meant to be a dark, twisted rollercoaster through Hell, and partnering with Welcome Villain allowed us to fully realize our vision without the limitations we faced with the original film,” said filmmaker Anthony DiBlasi in a press release. “The practical effects, authentic locations, incredible cast, and unwavering support from team Villain propelled this project to an entirely new level that we hope will more than satisfy existing fans and new fans alike.”
Although it doesn’t seem Harkavy is back for the reboot, Jessica Sula (Split, Panic) is in the lead role with the special effects make-up team from RussellFX (Hellraiser, The Ritual).
The official synopsis seems familiar to the original 2014 film reads, “the film focuses on a rookie police officer (Sula), who willingly takes the last shift at a newly decommissioned police station in an attempt to uncover the mysterious connection between her father’s death and a vicious cult. Throughout the night, she finds herself barraged by terrifying supernatural events while unveiling the truth behind her family’s twisted past.”
The rest of the cast includes Candice Coke (Kevin Can F**K Himself), Chaney Morrow (Haunt), Clarke Wolfe (Satanic Panic), Morgan Lennon (Something from Tiffany’s), Valerie Loo (American Horror Stories), Monroe Cline (Don’t Worry Darling), Eric Olson (Raising Helen), Sam Brooks (Fear Street: Part Two – 1978), Kevin Wayne (The Outsider), Danielle Coyne (Bad Apples), Natalie Victoria (Dead Heads), and Britt George (True Blood).
The filmmakers believe they could do more to Last Shift with more effects.
“Moviegoers should buckle and prepare for a vicious, unrelenting nightmare with a powerhouse leading performance from the supremely talented Jessica Sula. Regardless of your expectations for this film, I promise you, you’re not ready for what’s in store,” stated Luke LaBeau, Welcome Villain Head of Development.
Last Shift sets for distribution in 2023.
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Source: Welcome Villain