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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:

View content advisory »
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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Company Credits

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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

Tom Savini was attached to direct the film in the late 1980's but pulled out due to lack of studio interest. See more »

Goofs

As Nordello is staggering down the hall of the office after breaking into Warwick's desk, muttering, "This'll teach you to fire ME", her voice is different compared to earlier in the film, and her lips aren't moving at all. See more »

Quotes

Nordello: This'll teach you to FIRE ME!
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Crazy Credits

The ending credit roll, features a disclaimer "No animals were harmed in any way during the making of this film" ... "Animal handling was supervised by the ASPCA". 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

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Soundtracks

SURFIN' SAFARI
By Brian Wilson & Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Deck Records
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User Reviews

 
"There Just Ain't No Job Worth This!"...
20 January 2019 | by azathothpwigginsSee all my reviews

GRAVEYARD SHIFT opens w/ a grisly "accident", involving a worker at the Bachman cotton mill and a rather large pack of rats. Enter newly-hired John Hall (David Andrews), who replaces the late "cotton picker" in the basement. Hall gets right to work, stuffing piles of raw cotton into a mammoth machine. He quickly notices the rodent problem, in spite of the fact that the world's most psychotic exterminator (Brad Dourif- THE EXORCIST 3) has been on the job, having been employed by Warwick (Stephen Macht), the universe's most reprehensible boss. Of course, most of Hall's coworkers are neanderthals as well. The next thing he knows, Hall is on the titular, basement clean up crew. Hellish, hairy horror unfolds when a subbasement is uncovered, turning the rest of the movie into a nightmare fun house! Fans of the original short story by Stephen King (from his book- NIGHT SHIFT) will immediately be struck by the massive amount of padding created to stretch things out to feature film length. Even so, it's not bad, and adds more heft to the tale, building tension for the final revelation. As monster movies go, this one makes the grade. Practical effects lovers should rejoice aloud! The hungry creature is well-realized and makes quite an impression...


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