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The Night Shift (2011)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 25 October 2011 (USA)
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What if you could live forever? What if you had to spend that eternity stuck in a cemetery with only a limbless corpse for a friend, and cantankerous "residents" that were anything but ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Khristian Fulmer Khristian Fulmer ... Rue Morgan
Erin Lilley ... Claire Rennfield
Soren Odom ... Herbie
Jordan Woodall Jordan Woodall ... Curly
Jonathan Pruitt Jonathan Pruitt ... Capt. Roderick Blake
Don Bloom Don Bloom ... Doc
Andrew Crider Andrew Crider ... Adremalech
Brendon Cooke Brendon Cooke ... Wolfman
E.A. Keeble E.A. Keeble ... Woman at Gate
Lettie McDaniel Lettie McDaniel ... Ms. Harris
Nathan O'Neil Smith Nathan O'Neil Smith ... Mr. Giles (as Nathan Smith)
Lucas Curley Lucas Curley ... Child Ghost 1
Tempest Hebert Tempest Hebert ... Child Ghost 2
Jacob Bradsell Jacob Bradsell ... Larry
Bennett Wayne Dean Sr. ... George (as Wayne Dean)


What if you could live forever? What if you had to spend that eternity stuck in a cemetery with only a limbless corpse for a friend, and cantankerous "residents" that were anything but resting in peace? That's the situation for Rue Morgan, night watchman extraordinaire, in this rollicking supernatural adventure-comedy. Rue, along with his buddy Herb, spends his nights watching out for zombies, and his days dreaming of a date with hard-nosed day-shifter, Claire. It's an okay eternity--until a scourge of paranormal occurrences leaves Rue not only watching the cemetery, but also watching his back! Based on the hit short film that critics have called "delightful", "charming", and "unapologetically goofy", "The Night Shift" is guaranteed to be the most fun you've ever had in a cemetery! Written by Fighting Owl Films

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Some heroes are born, others made. This one's embalmed.


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Release Date:

25 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA


Box Office


$10,000 (estimated)
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Claire Rennfield's name is a nod to Dracula's assistant "Rennfield." See more »


Followed by Night of the Krampus (2013) See more »

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The Night Shift reviews
6 May 2011 | by tasmith9See all my reviews

"It's in good company with THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA and ALIEN TRESPASS...charming and fun...THE NIGHT SHIFT is for those who can laugh at how silly this little horror genre can be."--Ain't It Cool News

"Full of campy fun...entertaining"--28 Days Later Analysis

"I love this film! Fulmer...was likable, affable and relatable. Lilley...was equally enjoyable...I absolutely loved Herbie! Story was also very well done with perfect pacing and progression...never gets mushy or lame...really nice chemistry between (Fulmer and Lilley). Fulmer played the character with just the right amount of humor and seriousness to keep the character real. The oddity, the interestingness, and the affability of the main character; everything comes together and makes for a really good experience. A definite buy. It's just that good."--A Little Dead Podcast

"Funny, action packed little film with a lot of potential to be a cult classic. The story was unique and the acting was all very professional. The story definitely had enough substance to fill out the running time and there weren't really any slow points. It's nice to see something as original and entertaining as The Night Shift."--B Movies and Beyond

"Scores an 'A'. Seek out this campy and infectiously enjoyable horror comedy...a feast for all to enjoy. The Night Shift is pure and simply fun. It infects instantly with a vibe of sincerity...The reins are confidently gripped in the largely untried hands of this young Mr. Smith. He displays a deep and considered passion for his craft and an obvious respect for the eclectic heritage of the ghouls he has gathered here to conduct. Rue Morgan (Khristian Fulmer)...delights as the graveyards perpetually flummoxed caretaker. He also comprises one half of comedic double act that surprises by actually succeeding in drawing out both humor and empathy. Herbie (Soren Odom) is a scene-stealer...Erin Lilley's plucky portrayal of Cemetery overseer Claire Rennfield is nicely restrained...Jam-packed to overstuffed with inoffensive fun... a special treat...do yourself a favor, go give it a look-see – just don't forget to bring the kids."--Suite 101

"Thomas Smith's THE NIGHT SHIFT is one of these special films with a great concept and a love of fun accessible entertainment. Smith's core concept with THE NIGHT SHIFT is pure gold. The interplay between Morgan and Herb is one of the best things about the film...it's classic Laurel and Hardy interplay and gives the film an immediate nostalgia for those bygone days of cinema...quite fun and engaging. (Smith) does what all great next-generation filmmakers do...(THE NIGHT SHIFT is) sweet 80's fare with a sly nod to the absurd, nostalgic heart and ample breadth of imagination."--Independent Film Reviews

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