Last Shift (2014 film)
Last Shift (2014), AKA Paymon, Paymon: The King of Hell
"All hail the King of Hell." A rookie cop's first shift - in the last night of a closing police station alone - turns into a living nightmare.
- Release Date: 2014
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror
- Setting: Modern USA (Florida); might be considered vaguely Delta Green
- Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
- Starring: Juliana Harkavy, Joshua Mikel, Hank Stone
- Director: Anthony DiBlasi
- Writer: Anthony DiBlasi, Scott Poiley
- Producer/Production Co: Skyra Entertainment
- View Trailer: (link)
- TVTropes: (link)
- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: R (Violence, Profanity)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone to RPG content)
A ghostly cult haunts the police station where they died... the cult is fairly bizarre, perhaps loosely based on the Manson Family, but their indeterminate cult mythos is only a shade more generic than "Lovecraftian", and could easily be pushed over the border by a few explicit references to Cthulhu and the rest.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Joey Keogh at Wicked Horror, (link) - "There are no gimmicks here. Stripping it back after several viewings, it still holds up. In fact, it gets even more frightening...."
- Review by Josh Mogan at Quick Horror Movie Reviews, (link) - (7/10) "This film isn't entirely original, but there is plenty going on to keep your attention. It is kind of, sort of inspired by the Manson Family killings... and is filled with some terrifying scenes and images."
- Richard Schieb at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review, (link) - (3/5 Stars) "The eventual explanation about strange cults and an anniversary of their mass killing is trivial... but [Director] DiBlasi’s generation of atmosphere is uncommonly effective."
Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
A rookie officer starts her first shift, an "easy" job of minding a deserted police station alone on its last night of operation. Unfortunately for her, the station is closing on the anniversary of the arrests and suicides of a bizarre cult that killed the officer's well-respected police officer father, and she must deal with having to live up to her father's reputation, dealing with hazing practical jokes from her fellow officers, vandals and vagrants, weird noises and strange things happening in the station, threatening phone calls, strange visits from ghostly police officers, and the malevolent spirits of the cult and their leader....
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
- The name Paymon is taken from the demon name Paimon. According to The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King, Paimon is one of the Kings of Hell, more obedient to Lucifer than other kings, and has two hundred legions of demons under his rule.
Associated Mythos Elements
- A "cleanup crew" of investigators working alone at night in a creepy institution that recently housed a violently suicidal Mythos cult (police station, prison, mental hospital, cult compound, etc.) soon find the site disturbed by ghosts and a trail of clues pointing to the cult's secrets still hidden somewhere inside the building. The investigators must survive the supernatural horror, retrieve anything unnatural from the site, and hopefully end the haunting by putting the cult permanently into its grave....