Angela Bettis in 12 HOUR SHIFT, a Magnet release. © Matt Glass. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
Angela Bettis in 12 HOUR SHIFT, a Magnet release. © Matt Glass. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

Movie Review: Brea Grant’s ’12 Hour Shift’ (2020) Is Dark, Gritty, And Hilarious

Hold on to your organs, it’s going to be a long shift! I recently had the pleasure of checking out the new comedy/horror/thriller, 12 Hour Shift, and it definitely left a lasting impression.

12 Hour Shift

This film was written and directed by Brea Grant (The Stylist 2016 – read our review here). The cast includes Angela Bettis (May 2002, The Woman 2011), Chloe Farnworth (Departure TV series), Nikea Gamby-Turner (Colombiana 2011), Kit Williamson (All The Creatures Were Stirring 2018 – read our review here), and David Arquette (Scream franchise).

Synopsis for 12 Hour Shift

It’s 1998, and over the course of one night at an Arkansas hospital, a junkie nurse, her scheming cousin, and a group of black market, organ-trading criminals get caught up in a heist gone wrong.

Angela Bettis in 12 HOUR SHIFT, a Magnet release. © Matt Glass. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
Angela Bettis in 12 Hour Shift, a Magnet release. © Matt Glass. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

This film is so much fun, dark and gritty, but has enough comedic relief to help balance everything. I love the story and how everyone gets involved in the mess whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Chloe Farnworth in 12 HOUR SHIFT, a Magnet release. © Matt Glass. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
Chloe Farnworth in 12 Hour Shift, a Magnet release. © Matt Glass. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

12 Hour Shift has a killer cast, so it’s not surprising that all the performances were phenomenal. Angela Bettis is a brilliant actress and always delivers award-winning performances, especially in this one. She plays Mandy perfectly, and I can’t picture a more perfect actress for this part. Chloe Farnworth is also fantastic, delivering hilarious one-liners and charisma. I also really enjoyed Nikea Gamby-Turner’s performance as well, and she had great chemistry with Angela Bettis. Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with David Arquette. Ever. I love his character and wanted to see more of him!

Beyond the performances, the cinematography is beautiful throughout this film. There are several scenes throughout 12 Hour Shift that leave a lasting impression due to the camera angles, lighting, and overall atmosphere.

David Arquette in 12 HOUR SHIFT, a Magnet release. © Matt Glass. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
David Arquette in 12 HOUR SHIFT, a Magnet release. © Matt Glass. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

I wasn’t expecting that ending! It’s one of my favorite final scenes since The Devil’s Rejects. It’s a bizarre series of events that ends with a bang!

Final Thoughts

I’ve always been a fan of Brea Grant. She’s a great actress, and now she’s proving to be a fantastic writer and director. I think this film will definitely help further her career, and I hope that we can expect to see more quality stories like this from her. Magnet Releasing will release 12 Hour Shift in theaters and On Demand October 2, 2020. I highly recommend checking it out for a good time!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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