Synopsis: A television reporter and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): John Erick Dowdle
Production: Screen Gems
  6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

- Come on, life sounds. Let's go.

- Okay.

Mike down, mike down.

There you go, now go.

You'd think I'd never done this.


Hey, wait a second. Ready.

Five, four, three...

Hi, I'm Angela Vidal.

Come with us tonight as

we travel along with...

- Sorry.

- Okay.

- Ready?

- Yeah, wait a second.

You got a little hair thing. Hold on.

Let me get that.

That right there.

- Okay, there we go.

- Thank you.


Hold on.

Okay. Ready.

Hi, I'm Angela Vidal.

Come with us tonight as we paint

the town red on The Night Shift.

Sorry, a little off my A-game.

I'll get there.

That wasn't bad. The second part

just seemed a little pushed, though.

On tonight's Night Shift,

we're in Los Angeles...

...traveling along with that special

breed of hero we like to call...

...the fire department.

We should have come earlier.

We could be going with them.

Well, that's cool. You got it?

- Yeah, that's great. That was perfect.

- We'll wait for them to get back.

- You prefer Bob or Robert...?

- Bob's good.

- Bob, okay, sorry. Ready? Okay.

- Yeah.

Three, two, one.

Tell us, Bob, what's a normal night

here at the station?

This might surprise most people...

...but 85 percent of the calls

we go out on are medical.

It can be anything from chest pain

to more serious things.

How do you handle that

with ambulances and hospitals?

Most ambulances you see

are fire department.

- I didn't know that.

- Yeah.

And most firefighters

are also paramedics.

At least,

that's the direction it's going.

One more question, something

I'm sure we're all wondering:

Do firefighters still slide down

those fabulous poles?

We sure do.

No turning back.

Tell my mom I loved her.

- See?

- That's not so bad.

I'm glad I didn't wear a skirt.

That could really hurt your legs.

Tell me, Bob, how do you get down

when you're wearing a skirt?

Pantyhose help.


That's what they wear under their,

what, their turnouts.

- Exactly.

- Pantyhose.

- Fire-retardant pantyhose.

- You heard it here.

- Can I do it one more time?

- Sure.

I'll be right back, okay?

- We're going to the dining hall.

- All right.

- Couple of guys I want you to meet.

- Cool.


- This is Jake.

- Hey.

- And Fletcher.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- Nice to meet you.

These are the men you'll be

shadowing. Wherever they go, you go.

Cool. Please, oh, please, finish eating.

We'll talk after.

- Well, would you like some?

- Yeah.

- Did you make it?

- We got...

I didn't make it.

Firemen are really good cooks.

- Yeah, that's what I hear.

- Exactly.

- You should try some of the food.

- Yeah, I'm game.

- Please finish eating.

- We'll get you a plate.

Great. Sounds great.

Just maybe un-tuck your shirt

and stick it up here.

- Okay. Okay.

- Clip it on your collar.

- You filming this?

- Yeah.

Elliot's been telling me

I never give him enough B-roll...

...so I'm just gonna shoot it all.

- Jake? Jake?

- Yeah, yeah.

If you could keep

from rubbing into the mike too much...

- Sorry, yeah.

- Don't worry about the camera.

- Pretend it's not even there.

- Okay.

Can you say something?

Give me a level?

Yeah. Mike check, one...

You can just pretend it's not there.

Just talk free.

Can you say something

more compelling?

I don't know what to say...

I mean, am I gonna have

this thing on all the time?

Yeah, just watch what you say.

We'll hear everything.


You're probably not allowed

to swear on your station.

No. We can cut most of it out.

But it helps

if you're not dropping F-bombs.

Point noted. Filed right here.

So if I was to call this guy

an ass-monkey...

...that would be considered

a swear too, right?

It's gonna be a long night.

- So this thing?

- Yeah?

Is this some sort of torture device

when you don't get in your turnouts?

- That's what it is.

- Can you get it?

Yes. This is called a hook ladder.

We use this in the...

The firemen would use this...

- We should bring it down?

- Yes.

- Okay.

- All right.

Can you grab the hook?

So this was used

in the '20s and the '30s.

- Oh, my God.

- Yeah.

And as you can see...

...these are the rungs,

and the hook at the end...

...they would grasp onto one window

and then pull themselves up.

And then when they got to that

windowsill, they would hook it again.

- And then pull themselves up.

- Okay.

Did you get the hook, Scott?

You see this?

Used in the '20s and '30s.

They stopped using it around...

- Hold it up higher.

- Replaced it...

- That's good, right?

- Good.

Replaced it

with a regular ladder that extends?

Yeah, and rope.

They must have tiny feet.

Those are little rungs.

Yeah. Firemen

were a lot smaller back then.

The fires were bigger

and they were smaller.

- Don't tell captain we took this down.

- I'm not gonna tell him I touched it.

I wanna introduce you to somebody.

This is Wilshire. Mark.

- Good boy.

- Hey, Wilshire.

- Say hi.

- Dog right out of the cartoons.

Well, there's a reason

why the Dalmatians were in cartoons.

The fire department

has a great sense of tradition.

Yeah, we do.


got along well with horses.

Important when the fire trucks

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John Erick Dowdle

John Erick Dowdle (born December 1973) is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for horror films. He usually works with his brother Drew Dowdle as a producer and co-screenwriter. more…

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