You know what a genius marketing tactic for your new action flick is? Including “From the guys who taught John Wick how to kick ass,” in your trailer, which is exactly what Day Shift’s trailer, starring Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, and Snoop Dogg does.
Foxx plays Bud Jablonski, a pool cleaner living in LA. As anyone who lives in a big city knows, it costs big city money to stay there. To get by, he has the respectable side hustle of being a freelance vampire hunter—taking out creatures the San Fernando Valley is apparently overrun with.
Unfortunately, Jablonski got kicked out of his slayers union, so the big bucks are hard to come by. Plus, he wants to help out his estranged wife (Meagan Good) Jocelyn. For $10,000, she can afford to stay in LA with their daughter, Paige, and pay for her tuition and braces. But since none of them have it, Florida is starting to sound really attractive to her.
Bud has Snoop Dogg’s Big John Elliott in his corner—who is undoubtedly a badass and top-earning union member. He convinces the union to give Bud another shot. Which is where union rep Seth (Dave Franco) comes in. This is definitely his first rodeo being in the field, but Seth tags along with Bud to see if he does everything by the book for re-admittance.
Of course, though, there’s a villain. Karla Souza plays super-old, super-powerful “Audrey San Fernando,” who is also the valley’s top real estate agent. Her goal is to gentrify the heck out of the valley for her rich vampy friends.
With Cirque du Soleil performers as vampires, the ones being hunted in this comedy-action flick are able to bend and twist their way into some truly terrifying positions. We see this in the trailer, before Dave Franco gets absolutely rocked by a vampire. Sometimes, the undead were even filmed in reverse to look even scarier.
First-time director J.J. Perry knows a thing or two about stunt work. A former stuntman himself, Perry found inspiration from the films he’s been in, like Django Unchained, also starring Jamie Foxx, and John Wick. Chad Stahleski, director of the Wick franchise, is also one of the producers of Day Shift. So it’s good to know that the John Wick dig was all in good fun, but we’ll be keeping our eyes open to see if it can compare to the legendary franchise.
But judging from the phenomenal trailer and Snoop Dogg recording his own entrance music, I think we’re in for a good time come August 12th.
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