DAY SHIFT MOVIE REVIEW
Vampires. A movie monster that has seen hundreds of films, TV shows, and productions in the century plus of cinema and television. Dracula himself is one of the most adapted fictional characters of all time, second only to Sherlock Holmes. But it’s been some time since we’ve had a major vampire film in the mainstream. Maybe now is the time for a resurgence of one of the most tired and exhausted subjects in fiction. It’s been a decade since Twilight ended. Maybe pop culture is ready for the blood suckers to rise once more. And hey, maybe a Jamie Foxx action horror comedy vehicle directed by the stunt coordinator from John Wick is just the right movie to do it. Well… probably not. This movie is on Netflix, This’ll come and go with little to no impact on the zeitgeist. But SHOULD it have an impact? Jamie Foxx plays Bud Joblonski, a hard-working, blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his wife and quick-witted 10-year-old daughter. He cleans pools in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, but that mundane job is in fact a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires. But hold up, this isn’t the tired cliche story of a solo hero on a mission hunter with some dark past he’s avenging. No, Bud is part of a massive organized vampire hunting union that is riddled with bureaucracy, paperwork, and because of a few mishaps on the job, he’s assigned a pencil pushing Union case worker in Dave Franco who is forced to follow him around on his slaying jobs. He has one week to collect as many teeth as he can to cash them in for the money he needs to keep his wife from leaving with his daughter, while a major vampire queenpin, Karla Souza as real estate mogul Audrey San Fernando, sets her sights on killing Bud. Rae, Harmoni, Chad, and T.C. sharpen their crossbows, and holy water to decide the fate of Day Shift.
DIRECTED BY: J.J. Perry
STARRING: Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Snoop Dogg, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, Oliver Masucci, Eric Lange, Peter Stormare, Zion Broadnax
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)
You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
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