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Graveyard Shift (1990)

R | | Horror | 26 October 1990 (USA)
In a very old textile mill with a serious rat infestation, the workers discover a horrifying secret deep in the basement.

Director:

Ralph S. Singleton

Writers:

Stephen King (short story), John Esposito (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Andrews ... John Hall
Kelly Wolf Kelly Wolf ... Jane Wisconsky
Stephen Macht ... Warwick
Andrew Divoff ... Danson
Vic Polizos ... Brogan
Brad Dourif ... The Exterminator
Robert Alan Beuth ... Ippeston
Ilona Margolis Ilona Margolis ... Nordello
Jimmy Woodard Jimmy Woodard ... Carmichael
Jonathan Emerson ... Jason Reed
Minor Rootes Minor Rootes ... Stevenson
Kelly L. Goodman ... Warwick's Secretary
Susan Lowden Susan Lowden ... Daisy May
Joe Perham Joe Perham ... Mill Inspector
Dana Packard ... Millworker
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Stephen King took you to the edge with The Shining and Pet Sematary. This time......he pushes you over.

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Graveyard Shift See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangor, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,082,300, 28 October 1990

Gross USA:

$11,582,891

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,582,891
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When John and Jane are in the cafe together, there is a customer sitting in the booth behind them reading a paperback of "Ben." "Ben" is a story of a socially dysfunctional boy who befriends a rat and uses other rats to extract revenge upon others. See more »

Goofs

When Moxy, the dog, is given a shot of liquor it changes levels between camera shots. See more »

Quotes

Warwick: [to the monster] We're going to hell together!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits have a strange theme song remixed with various quotes from the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are some scenes included in the network version not included in the video version. Warwick comes in Nardellos office and he says take a break Nardello. Two parts of the scene when Brogan and Dansen heckle John in the diner with the "special order for the comander of the rat patrol" were cut. A scene were Dansen and Brogan burn Johns time card was cut. A alternate ending had John Punching out his and Janes time cards. Another scene with John And Jane in Jane's van was cut. Still one more scene which had John and Ippeston cleaning the basement was cut. See more »

Connections

References Star Search (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

THEY'RE GONE
Written by Scott Reeder
Performed by Scott Reeder
Produced by Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks (uncredited)
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User Reviews

 
Scary enough for me...but too unpleasant to recommend...
5 November 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Stretching a Stephen King story about a rat-infested cotton mill in Maine to 90 minutes may have seemed like a good idea, but giving the rat infestment too much close-up coverage was not. Dwelling a little more on the human element and why the townspeople behave as they do toward the new mill worker (a drifter with a college ed), would have helped. Unfortunately, the script doesn't give any of the actors a chance to develop credible characters.

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. None of the performers are well-known (which can be a good thing), except for Brad Dourif who is hilariously over-the-top as The Exterminator. It doesn't help that the female lead is particularly unappealing.

What helps considerably are the able performances of David Andrews and his uneasy relationship with boss Stephen Macht, heavy on the Maine accent. Macht has the perfect face for sneering villainy. Andrews' predicament as the new mills worker is what kept me wanting to see how things turned out. 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.

Not a great horror film, but one with the atmosphere down perfectly. You can almost smell the stench of Andrews' surroundings and the sweat on his back as he makes the most of a gruesome situation. I understand the new DVD version is an excellent transfer that makes the most of the gritty atmosphere.

Definitely not for those who can't stand the sight of the nasty little critters. I just happened to be in the mood for a spooky movie, and settled back to watch this on TV. Certainly not the worse King film committed to film and it does have its moments of pure terror.

But still, the subject matter is just a bit too unpleasant to give this any sort of "must see" recommendation. Strictly for die-hard King fans.


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