Graveyard Shift (1990)

You have to hand it to “Graveyard Shift” director Ralph S. Singleton: Armed with a terrific short story by horror maestro Stephen King as source inspiration, terrific sets, and striking creature effects, somehow he still manages to deliver a horror movie so forgettable that I had to re-watch the trailer before writing this post just to remind myself of the plot. The screenplay by John Esposito is mediocre at best, and it doesn’t help that almost the entire cast seems completely bored by the proceedings: Only genre luminaries Brad Dourif and Andrew Divoff (in a small but memorable role) inject any life into the proceedings, while everyone else seems to sleepwalk through the plot like there aren’t giant killer rats looking to eat them alive. I’m honestly struggling to come up with anything more to say, because, really, the entire experience is uninspired to the point of inertia.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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