As the dog days of summer descend on us, why not partake in a dark comedy featuring Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg as vampire hunters?
Day Shift is a new Netflix original movie, telling the story of a vampire hunter who, like everyone else, is just trying to make ends meet so that he can care for his daughter. This action-packed comedy is stylish and fun, with dark humor and lots of gore, making for another hit for the streaming giant.
Here’s everything we know about Day Shift.
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When is the Day Shift run time and release date?
Day Shift arrived in the US and the UK on August 12. If you want to watch it, be sure that you’re a Netflix subscriber.
The run time is one hour and fifty-three minutes, and it is rated-R.
Day Shift follows in the footsteps of other major summer blockbusters, including several big releases from Netflix. The summer season kicked off with Chris Hemsworth's Spiderhead, a hit movie that no one seemed to know about until it landed. Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling's The Gray Man became another big hit for the streamer when it arrived in late July.
Who is in the Day Shift cast?
Day Shift has an all-star cast that includes award-winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Ray, Django Unchained), Dave Franco (Now You See Me, The Now) and rapper-turned-actor and pitchman Snoop Dogg (BMF, Training Day).
Other members of the cast include Steve Howey (Shameless), Karla Souza (How to Get Away with Murder), Meagan Good (Harlem) and Scott Adkins (Avengement).
Here are the characters they play:
- Jamie Foxx as Bud Jablonski
- Dave Franco as Seth
- Snoop Dogg as Big John Elliott
- Meagan Good as Jocelyn
- Zion Broadnax as Paige
- Karla Souza as Paige
Was Snoop Dogg’s character in Day Shift inspired by his character in Def Jam: Fight for NY?
Eagle-eyed fans have noticed that Snoop Dogg's character Big John Elliott looks a lot like his Crow character from the 2004 video game Def Jam: Fight for NY.
However, this might just be a coincidence as the filmmakers haven't confirmed whether or not they were inspired by the hip-hop video game, but the character certainly looks similar! Take a look below...
Surely Snoop Dogg’s character was inspired by his Crow character from Def Jam: Fight for NY!? #DayShift pic.twitter.com/YidJNuFpuKAugust 12, 2022
Who directed Day Shift?
J.J. Perry makes his directorial debut with Day Shift. While he may be a newcomer behind the camera, if you're a fan of action movies then you've no doubt seen his work before.
Perry has been a stuntman since the late 1980s. He has over two decades of martial arts training, which has helped prepare him for stunt roles in countless blockbuster movies and TV shows like The Fate of the Furious, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, X-Men: Origins, as well as the John Wick franchise.
What is Day Shift about?
Here’s the Day Shift official synopsis from Netflix:
"Jamie Foxx stars as a hard-working blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires as part of an International Union of Vampire Hunters."
Is there a trailer for Day Shift?
The trailer for Day Shift is chock full of comedy, drama and action. While the concept of a pool guy moonlighting as a vampire hunter might seem cheesy at first glance, after one looks at the trailer there’s clearly nothing lighthearted about the action sequences and the high-budget special effects.
Some of the vampire death sequences look like they’re straight out of The Matrix. There are lots of opportunities for Foxx, Franco and Snoop Dogg to provide some comedic moments as well.
How to watch Day Shift
Day Shift is a Netflix original movie and is available exclusively on the platform. If you’re not a subscriber, you can easily sign up for the streaming service by clicking the link below.
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