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Graveyard Shift (1987)

R | | Horror | 12 June 1987 (USA)
A vampire who works as a taxi driver meets and romances a young woman whom he turns into a fellow vamp, which prompts her jealous and estranged husband to try to kill both of them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael A. Miranda ...
Stephen Tsepes (as Silvio Oliviero)
Helen Papas ...
Michelle Hayden
Cliff Stoker ...
Eric Hayden
Dorin Ferber ...
Dan Rose ...
Robert Kopple
John Haslett Cuff ...
Det. Winsome
Don James ...
Det. Smith
Michael Bockner ...
Lesley Kelly ...
Officer Arbus
Martin Bockner ...
Shlr Digger
Marlo Bava
Kim Cayer ...
Sugar Bouche ...
Fabulous Franne
Jessie Taylor ...
Swimming Pool Blonde
Ron Bacardi ...
Guy in Strip Joint


Night brings out the hungerin people, especially a mysterious NY cab driver. He is a powerful vampire. And working the night shift brings a sultry array of sensuous passengers within his grasp. Embracing those ready to die, he controls an erratic but well-balanced vampire realm. Then unexpectedly, he discovers erotic human passion-unleashing a raging, terrorizing evil. When a slew of innocent citizens are senselessly slaughtered, the baffled police must solve a 350 year old mystery of unsated passion. Written by Colonel Sir Harry Flashman VC <col_flashman@earthlink.net>

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Lots of people work the graveyard shift, policemen, waiters, taxi drivers... vampires See more »




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Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Central Park Drifter  »

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1.85 : 1
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Followed by Graveyard Shift II (1988) See more »


Alone In Love
Written by Nicholas Pike and Steve Augeri
Performed by Steve Augeri
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Dull eighties vampire trash
14 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Not to be confused with the (actually slightly superior) film from 1990 of the same title, Graveyard Shift is the story of a vampire taxi driver. The premise of the film actually seems quite interesting; a taxi driver would be a good job for a vampire considering all the opportunity he would have for finding victims and this coupled with a trashy eighties vibe and some decent gore could have lead to a decent film; but instead what we end up is a thoroughly turgid vampire flick devoid of most of the elements that make the subgenre great. The base plot sprang from the central premise is that the vampire/cabbie meets a young woman that he likes and turns her into a vampire instead of killing her; leading her jealous husband to take revenge. The main reason the film doesn't work is down to the dull script which doesn't give us any reason to care for the characters or anything that is happening in the film. The script defies logic and most of the characters are just 'there'. There a few good moments in the film, but mostly it's just trash and ultimately rather boring too. I'm not surprised that this film has not won itself a better reputation - the reason is simply that it doesn't deserve one. Leave this rubbish well alone!

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