Why You Should Watch: Last Shift

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A woman with a lot to prove starts her first shift as a police officer. Her only job for the night is to wait for the hazmat team to come in and clear the old police station she has been tasked with watching.

There are only two horror films I’ve seen as an adult which thoroughly scared me throughout and lingered afterwards. This is one of them.

I watched this movie alone in the living room of my old apartment with every light off. My old apartment had an open layout with a large, mirrored closet on the the far left side of the room which was next to the kitchen. I was watching the movie on the far right side of the room. I remember getting literal chills, and I kept thinking I heard noises coming the kitchen. I paused the film at least three times to catch my breath and walk around. At one point I even went into the bedroom where my wife was working just to calm down and tell her how much the movie was freaking me out.

Why did this scare me so much versus all the other films I’ve seen? The best way I can describe it is this movie has such insanely creepy moments – moments that remind me of the creepiest urban legends or internet creepypastas I’ve ever read. It’s combination of skin-crawling creepiness, jump scares, disturbing makeup and behavior is simply unparalleled in my opinion. There are some nice nods to A Nightmare on Elm Street and it will definitely remind you of Session 9. The storyline also features a creepy cult and supernatural elements including the King of Hell Paimon. That’s right – this movie revolves around the same demon featured in the breakout hit Hereditary. There are some creepy moments you will start to call as they are happening, but when your suspicions are confirmed it feels even more unsettling – other films I’ve seen never quite go for the uncanny moments as often as this one does.

If you often bemoan poor life decisions characters make in horror films, you should give this one a chance. The movie takes great lengths to remind you about the main character’s motivations for sticking it through, so her decision to stay doesn’t feel outlandish given the circumstances.

I highly recommend this movie. Watch it alone, pay attention, and let it surprise you. The movie poster looks like it is such a schlock movie but it is far from it. This is a scary movie that is seriously trying to scare the shit out of you, and for me it wholeheartedly succeeded.

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