Stephen King's 'Graveyard Shift' (1990)




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One of countless Stephen King adaptations, this take on one of the author's Night Shift tales is set in a Maine textile mill whose overbearing manager (Stephen Macht) finds himself in a tight spot when county inspectors crack down on his less-than-safe operation after a fatal accident involving a picking machine. He rounds up a few financially-desperate locals -- including drifter David Anderson, the film's nominal hero -- into a rag-tag crew to clean up the nightmarish, rat-infested lower … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen King, John Esposito
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2002
Paramount Home Video


as John Hall

as Jane Wisconsky

as The Exterminator

as Danson

as Warwick's Secretary

as Carmichael

as Jason Reed

as Millworker

as Millworker
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Critic Reviews for Stephen King's 'Graveyard Shift'

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Worth to watch for the crazy New England accent alone, Brad Dourif is a plus.

June 12, 2007

I honestly believe that I'm the only person in the world that didn't hate this movie.

February 18, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

One of the worst of Stephen King movies. Don't punch in for this mess.

August 22, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Stephen King's 'Graveyard Shift'


Another excellent movie based on a Stephen King story. I really liked this one, it's creepy, but simple. I know it usually gets low ratings, but I liked it anyway.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I don't understand the flack this film has gotten. I mean yes, it's low budget, and yes the acting and script are mediocre, but the film does have it's moments. Graveyard Shift is obviously not the best of Stephen Kings adaptations. If you want the worst, check out Firestarter. Now that was a terrible film. Graveyard Shift however is a simple, fun horror film. People seem to be turned off by the fact that its low budget, and doesn't respect King's original. Well many of book to screen adaptations of Stephen King's books have never been truly faithful to the source material. In fact the only only one that can adapt a Stephen King work successfully to the screen is Frank Darabont, director of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist. I can't put my finger on what I like about this film. Maybe its because its simple in its concept and story, I found appealing. Graveyard Shift is a fairly good horror film that doesn't deserve all the flack it has been given. I understand as to why it has, but theres something pretty enjoyable in this film. The film is far from the worst ever made. Graveyard Shift has a decent enough cast to support the film. One performance in particular was terrific, Brad Douriff as The Exterminator. The film is worth watching due to his performance alone. Graveyard Shift for all its imperfections is still a film worth seeing, and it is a film thats fairly entertaining as well. It's good cheesy fun, yes it cheap, yes, the acting is sloppy; but who cares?

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This wasn't that bad, but it is atrocious at times.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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