King's new 'Graveyard Shift' has no surprises and not much acting

Lou Cedrone

October 31, 1990|By Lou Cedrone

There is probably no way Hollywood producers will stop doing Steven King stories, short of driving a stake through all of King's books.

The trouble is, they make money, so long as they are done for a few pennies, and that's about how much ''Graveyard Shift'' cost. You won't recognize any of the actors, save for Stephen Macht, and you may be doing him a favor by pretending you don't know him.

His Maine accent is one of the worst things about the movie. His performance is not much better, but let's blame that on Ralph S. Singleton, who directed this movie, one that is true to all King stories, in that there is nothing surprising here.

''Graveyard Shift'' is little more than ''Alien'' in a mine shaft. The monster in this instance exists in a deserted area under a textile mill where the rats seem to be more plentiful than the balls of cotton that are dumped into the machinery.

Macht is the evil mill owner who beats his workers around, so you have to assume that this is one of the more depressed towns in a totally depressed area, else why would these people submit to this kind of treatment?

Brad Dourif plays the rodent exterminator, and he's supposed to be funny. He isn't.

David Andrews and Kelly Wolf are the young man and woman. He's a stranger in town, and she is an embittered mill hand.

''Graveyard Shift'' is a rather amateurish film, but it may please some. Some people were actually startled by the first appearance of the monster. It had to be the sound effects. As monsters go, this one is low on the scare scale.

''Graveyard Shift'' is showing at local houses.

''Graveyard Shift''

* Mill workers discover an alien monster in the cavern below their work area.

CAST: Stephen Macht, David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Brad Dourif

DIRECTOR: Ralph S. Singleton

RATING: R (language, violence)

RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes

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