Graveyard Shift (1987) Movie Review

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1987 | Horror
89 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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Graveyard Shift Review


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.

Graveyard Shift (1987) is a Canadian horror movie that did not meet my expectations for an oldie. Graveyard Shift‘s name was changed to Central Park Drifter (1987) after it was released on video. Director and writer Jerry Ciccoritti (Schitt’s Creek (2015), Dragon Boys (2007), Lives of the Saints (2004), Trudeau (2002)) failed big time at executing this vampire movie. I love vampire movies and rarely find one that I do not like and will not see again. Needless to say, I will not see this movie again because it is an insult to vampire lovers. The movie contains sexual content, gore, beheading, stabbing/violence, vampire love affairs and nudity.

Graveyard Shift is about a 350-year-old vampire cab driver, Stephen (Michael A. Miranda - Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Saw V (2008), Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)) that turns troubled/dying/unhappy women into vampires. Stephen newbie vampires run around the city killing innocent people that Stephen would not kill. Stephen accidentally falls in love with his new target while working the graveyard shift in New York City. He fell for terminal cancer Michelle Hayden (Helen Papas - Psycho Girls (1985)) who is a TV producer/director of Gothic music videos. Michelle’s is married to jealous Eric Hayden (Cliff Stoker) who believes his wife is under a spell of Stephen’s and asked Robert Kopple (Dan Rose - Psycho Girls (1985)) to break the hypnotic spell.

The makeup and special effects department did a horrible job with this movie. The actor did an okay job, but the movie appeared so unbelievable to the point where I cannot connect to any of the characters. The movie sets were okay for the 1980s, but I have seen some really great movies from that era. I was so anxious to see this movie when I heard about it and now wish I did not see it.

About Graveyard Shift 1987

Title: Graveyard Shift
Original Title: Central Park Drifter
Year: 1987
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
Starring: Neil Clifford, Michael A. Miranda, Ron Bacardi, Susan Hamann, Shayna V. David, Courtland Elliot, Bonnie Lamb, Karyn Hunnersen, Kevin Saunders, Michael Glabb, Louis Blais, I. Jake Band, Helen Papas, Jerry Ciccoritti, Mauro Bruno, Dana Gabrionov, Cliff Stoker, Lawrence Bockner, Yvonee Selesnic, Gilda Wagman, Dorin Ferber, Arnie Buck, Luc Carriere, Mona Maria Sun, Dan Rose, Allan Levine, Thomas Rando, David Fraccon, John Haslett Cuff, Michael Skeete
Writers: Jerry Ciccoritti
Director: Jerry Ciccoritti