59 minutes | Jul 30th 2020

Talking Heads on Cold Slabs: The Nightshifter (Brazil, 2018)

If you could talk to corpses, what would you say? Stenio works the graveyard shift at a busy morgue and chats with every body that rolls in - until one tells him about his wife's affair. Marcus, Melissa and Grady autopsy a grim flick that starts strong but wanders too far from its compelling premise. Also, would you rather talk to incorporeal ghosts or physical corpses?

Motion Picture Terror Scale: 2 (Marcus), 3+ (Melissa), 3 (Grady) Quality: 2+, 3, 4. Enjoyment: 3

Articles mentioned in this episode:

"THE NIGHTSHIFTER DIRECTOR DENNISON RAMALHO TRADES SECRETS ON BRAZILIAN HORROR AND THE DEAD," by Jessica Rose in Nightmare on Film Street

"Dennison Ramalho Talks to Offscreen at Fantasia 2018," by Donato Totaro and Randolph Jordan in Offscreen

"A Year of Violence Sees Brazil’s Murder Rate Hit Record High," by Shasta Darlington in The New York Times

"Brazil’s Murder Rate Finally Fell—and by a Lot," by Robert Muggah in Foreign Policy

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