Graveyard Shift (1990) - Horror

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In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

IMDB: 4.9
Director: Ralph S. Singleton
Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 19 out of 82 found boring (23.17%)

One-line Reviews (66)

There's a rather interesting series of attacks throughout which is quite entertaining at times as the encounters in the mill are highly enjoyable.

) and the surprisingly restrained but effective one by the boss dude (I personally thought he blew away the leading guy with the quality of his performance) you end up with a pretty good, entertaining old fashioned Horror movie that I felt was a lot of fun.

There was no real plot and the characters had no purpose.

An intense Vietnam vet with an axe to grind against the rats, Dourif single-handedly steals each and every scene he appears in.

Graveyard Shift is one of the weakest Stephen King Adaptations but is still an entertaining Horror film that is filled with atmospheric direction,a good cast,an intense score and memorable special make-up effects.

One Of The Weakest Stephen King Adaptations but still an entertaining Horror Film.

The rat-filled prologue should have warned me of things to come, but even a dedicated horror fan should get some unexpected jolts from the last half-hour.

This one ends as just a boring creature feature with a giant bat underground.

He manages to fend some of them with an empty cola can and sling.

The film is fast-paced and entertaining and offers some gore plus a few shocks.

It's all kind of ho-hum.

I thought this one was okay, it could have explained what the caves were better and the guy playing the boss goes over the top later in the movie, but I still enjoyed it a bit.

Altogether, this is an enjoyable flick with a good cast who portray good characters.

An absolute waste of time and money.

Andrew 'Wishmaster' Divoff shows up as a stock character, but it's Brad Dourif who chews scenery and ends up the only memorable person as the world's most simultaneously intense and incompetent exterminator, a bug eyed little weirdo who freaks people out with extended monologues about Viet Nam when he should be perusing corridors to find whatever's lurking there.

Poor, bland, uninteresting, dull and boring.

But slightly interesting doesn't equal necessary, and Dourif's character is even given the weakest, most pointless send-off of any of the film's characters.

Some moody atmospherics from its gloomily dirty windmill setting with a neighbouring graveyard (despite some stagy direction), along with a colourfully intense support role by Brad Dourif as a rodent exterminator make it worth a gander.

Acting wise, the insipid and underwhelming David Andrews makes for a bland hero as a college dropout drifter while Stephen Macht overacts atrociously as Warwick, a nasty mill boss with a ludicrously thick'n'heavy Cajun accent whose senseless and abrupt last reel descent into complete psychotic insanity is both laughable and implausible.

The story is dull, ALL the actors sucked (only Brad Dourif went on to any type of a movie career after this) and the monster looked as fake as it was.

Singleton directs a film that looks like the cast had a fun time making it, but, to be honest, this film is one big mindless cliche.

Brad Dourif as the exterminator made the film worth watching.

In my lowly and wretched opinion, in most cases the characters come across as 2 dimensional, empty, stereotypes that are completely unbelievable.

Even though it's not one of the best Stephen King films I always watch the movie when it's on television because there are some good things about it and it's entertaining and memorable.

That being said, it is still entertaining.

Singleton to its nonsensical cliché-ridden script by John Esposito to the moronic behavior of the vapid cardboard characters (who all have the appeal of a toxic waste spill), "Graveyard Shift" is rotten to its crummy core and such a stupendously sorry waste of time that it isn't even enjoyably bad.

The characters are interesting enough, especially Brad Douriff's character as the exterminator, but I think what makes this film worth watching was the atmosphere.

Slow and Rushed at the same time .

One by one, in predictable fashion, they find themselves being picked off and forced to face an unbelievable horror.

But it's hard working character actor Brad Dourif who walks away with this picture slung over his shoulder as he portrays an intense exterminator with an unnatural hatred for rodents.

The makeshift story is rather daft, nothing is truly explained and the set-pieces are only there to set-up the cheap, dreary shocks which are plastered throughout.

It lacked action and was dull for the most part.

If you're looking for a good laugh, rent it; otherwise, it's just a waste of time.

The acting is uniformly bad, Andrews has to be one of the most bland and uninteresting leading men ever!

One of the few movies I ever walked out of.

The scenes in between the rat-bat monster attacks are really dull and uninteresting, I just sat there waiting for the next special effects scene hoping it's not too far away.

A very pointless movie where my friends and I ended up laughing at the characters' bad accents and faked reactions rather than scared.

Unfortunately, this wouldn't have worked on the real Mystery Science Theater 3000: it's far too dull.

The acting ranges from bland to over-the-top, with Brad Dourif taking the cake as The Exterminator.

It's rather stupid but entertaining in a weird sort of way.

if it's on tv it's worth watching, not renting.

Silly, but enjoyable little flick .

There's a sufficient amount of gore and very crude yet undeniably entertaining creature effects.

Most scenes are very dark and hard to follow.

Never once was I concerned for anyone on screen, and there is a jump scare or two, but nothing remarkable, and many of them are predictable.

As an example of the film's overall mood, at one point Warwick sends John to help clean the basement; the script probably said, "Warwick sends John to clean the basement," but it plays out with Warwick and John staring each other down wild-eyed as if Warwick had challenged John to a death-match; it is indeed the most intense "one character asks another to do a simple task" scene in history.

The pace is slow as director Singleton doesn't edit to ramp up the tension.

A newbie to horror may take it for a slow starter and soon start pigeonholing this gem of a film with other inferior squibs.

Confusion isn't something you want your audience to experience - it pulls them out of the story and upsets their enjoyment of the film.

It is boring, cold, and there is no reason why this thing should have ever been made.

This movie absolutely is one of the worst movies that I have ever seen.

And Dourif, as a mangy exterminator, delivers a performance that's really way too good for this sort of thing; he even manages to shed a tear during a riveting monologue wherein he explains the Viet Cong's use of rats as torture devices during 'Nam.

It's very dull and just plain boring at times.

Bland David Andrews is a quiet hunk drifter who starts the late shift at a grimy Maine textile mill, headed over by a sadistic sleazeball boss (Stephen Macht).

This is a tale of factory workers needing money bad enough to take on a tedious graveyard shift.

It's pretty bad stuff, marking off every single horror cliché from the early nineties, and the main problem is that the film isn't scary, exciting, nor is there any fruitful characters you would expect from a King story.

Sure cure for insomnia.

In final word,if you love Stephen King,Horror Films or Monster movies,I suggest you see Graveyard Shift,a film that is one of the weakest Stephen King movie adaptations,but is still an entertaining Horror Film that is watchable.

I think the best audience for this type of film is those lovers of bad Creature features, because in it's own ugly way, this film can be entertaining.

Graveyard Shift is a complete waste of time and celluloid, devoid of any scares, laughs or any other redeeming quality.

The gore FX are mostly top-notch, the sets are good and there's plenty of violence and action, but this pointless movie is one big, unpleasant cliché thanks to poor direction and scripting (by John Esposito, based on the Stephen King story).

This film has a strange atmosphere, that gets tedious and intolerable due to the presence of rats.

It's so f**king intense from start to finish that it makes Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" look like a Hallmark movie.

Nevertheless, loopholes and all (inconsistent motivations for the things certain characters do), GRAVEYARD SHIFT manages to serve viewers a fair share of unexpected twists and turns in the course of a typical King tale of terrorized victims which just happens to take place in his favorite domain, Maine.

The first encounter within the bowels of the factory works pretty well due to the claustrophobic setting and intense heat, the recovery team getting assaulted in the sewers underneath the mill are quite fun as the different surrounding get utilized to help with the rampaging assault on the crew, as well as the rather chilling encounter within the cemetery crypt which provides this one with plenty of opportunities to get rather enjoyable and entertaining.

Every cliché in the book is here, you can easily figure out who's going to die and who's going to survive.