Any way you slice it, J.J. Perry’s Day Shift is not your average vampire movie. This is a fact that rings true until its final shot. The film follows Bud (Jamie Foxx), a down-on-his-luck fella who harvests vampire fangs for cash.
Bud’s day job becomes a little complicated when he finds out that his ex-wife is planning to move their young daughter out of state if he can’t cough up $10k for her private school over the weekend. Faced with this problem, Bud realizes that his potentially lucrative (and very dangerous) profession is the one thing standing between his family being together or miles apart. So he quickly scrambles to get back into the union that kicked him out after he disgraced himself so that he can sell his findings for a larger chunk of cash.
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When Joel Schumacher stepped on board to direct The Lost Boys (1987), he was already an expert in the art of the decade-defining time-capsule film, having helmed St. Elmo’s Fire just two years earlier. And although The Lost Boys takes a less literal approach to conveying the struggles of teendom than Schumacher’s previous work (it features a gang of mullet-headed vampires, for one), it seemed to speak to the teenaged John Hughes rom-com audience about their big-haired, Jim Morrison-infused, rebellious world in an authentic way.
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