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Graveyard Shift is a 1990 horror film, based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King and starring David Andrews, Brad Dourif, Stephen Macht, and Andrew Divoff.

Drifter John Hall arrives in a flyspeck town and goes to work at the local textile mill, where he discovers a severe rat problem in the basement. Warwick, the mill's disgruntled foreman, isn't willing to do anything about it until it becomes apparent that the mill will close unless the rats are stopped. Following a descent into the cavernous depths of the basement, Hall, Warwick, and other employees are trapped by a collapse, and soon encounter a gigantic, bat-like monster hellbent on devouring them.


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Warwick: We're going to Hell... together!
  • Gender Flip: Wisconsky, an enormously fat guy in the short story, is a physically fit woman(and Hall's romantic interest) in the film, basically an in-surname-only version of the character.
  • Hooks and Crooks: Hall wields a hook to defend himself during the finale.
  • Large Ham: Warwick, Tucker, and most of the mill workers.
  • Monster Delay
  • Noisy Nature: The rats squeak constantly.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The mill is very clearly a wretched place to work, with stairs that collapse, a machine that can easily thresh somebody to death, and the vermin problem. Justified after a fashion, as it's run by a callous lunatic.
  • Sanity Slippage: Warwick suffers it after being trapped in the mill's depths.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Hall makes it.
  • Taking You with Me: Warwick tries to kill the giant bat and is killed by it as a result.
  • Terrifying Pet Store Rat: While they're at least agouti and look wild, the live rats aren't particularly aggressive-looking..
  • Reprise Medley: The end credits take snippets of Warwick's dialogue and almost create a rap song. It's worthy of Weird Al Yankovic. It's got to be heard to be believed.
    The Graveyahd shift.
    Show's....Ovah!
    Can't be more than an instant enema by now.
  • Urine Trouble: One incontinent rat leaves a large puddle of pee on the seat of a chair.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Warwick is a Bad Boss because he believes it's the only way to keep the mill open. This goes out the window once he goes crazy.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Warwick's infamous speech patterns. The character is supposed to be from Maine but sounds more like, as one YouTube comment put it,"every accent in the world, with perhaps a TOUCH of New England thrown in for variety"
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Tucker gets his head smashed by the monster(indirectly).
  • You Dirty Rat!

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