From director Anthony DiBlasi comes a horror film centering around an old police station. Officer Jessica Loren (Juliana Harkavay) has been assigned to wait for a Hazmat team to pick up bio-hazardous waste from the station's armory. Little does Officer Loren know, cult Leader John Michael Paymon (Joshua Mikel) has haunted the department ever since he and two of this followers committed suicide a year ago to date. And now, She is about to find out how dangerous they can be when she's left alone on the stations Last Shift.
After an awkward introduction to the on duty Sergeant, Jessica becomes acquainted with the quiet, and eerily empty environment of the soon to be closing old Sanford Police Department. Harkavay's is instantly likable in a role that essentially carries the entire film. Although there are a few misconceptions as far as her police procedure reactions, but I feel that's more of an error in the script. Everything starts out easy enough for Officer Loren as she is just sitting at her desk passing time reading a book, that is until she receives a strange phone call from a woman in distress. This is when shit gets real.
It’s an exciting yet bittersweet time for Jessica. She’s following in her father’s footsteps by becoming a police officer. He died in the line of duty a year ago to the day by the same killer who committed suicide in the station. The film does bare a striking resemblance to John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, what with Paymon kind of like Manson, and the whole let's scare Jessica to death but it's got a more psychological twist to it. I was incredibly surprised at how well the FX were considering the film ever made it to theaters and it certainly has enough blood for the gore fanatics!
One of my favorite parts about the movie, however, is the fact that the whole movie is centered around Harkavay. Typically in horror films you see the female running and tripping over things before inevitably dying. She's not a screaming chaotic victim, she's a strong and very competent woman trying to deal with a situation that she has little to no control over and most people would crumble upon facing.
I also liked her convincing dedication of living up to her fathers expectations and seeing this thing through until the end. When she's afraid, instead of praying she begins reciting her oath she took when she became a police officer. She just has an all around solid performance.
If you haven't seen the movie yet, I highly recommend you give it a try. I came across it on Netflix and was glad I did, it doesn't disappoint I assure you! Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!