I recently watched a movie, The Last Shift, and it got me thinking about exposition and character-driven storytelling.
The Last Shift is a horror movie about an unfortunate rookie cop, Jessica, whose first night on the job is supposed to be really easy. The police station has moved to a new location, but some of the more…bloody and icky evidence bags haven’t been picked up by the Hazmat crew, so our protagonist gets to sit at the desk and babysit for the night.
Well, it should be an easy babysitting job but of course stuff starts happening. She starts seeing things, hearing things, and getting weird phone calls. There’s a reason this stuff is happening, and it has to do with something that happened a year ago when a Manson Family type cult was brought in.
It’s a well done indie horror, with a lot of creepy moments and slow build. Although the ending was disappointing when compared to the build up, I can still recommend it for creepy factor alone. In fact, I’m glad I saw the movie during the day time. I think I’d give this movie a solid “B” rating.
But, I’m going to talk about some of the things this movie did in regards to character development, plot, and exposition, and it’s going to be spoiler heavy. You’ve been warned!