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Dave Franco On Why
There Had To Be As
Much Comedy As
Horror In Day Shift
By TIM LAMMERS
Netflix’s “Day Shift”, starring Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco, featured intense and swift action sequences thanks to “John Wick” collaborators director J.J. Perry and producer Chad Stahelski. Equally as important to the film, though, is its horror and comedy — the latter of which Franco said he and Foxx put a huge emphasis on during the making of the film.
"There was definitely comedy [...] in the script, but [Foxx] came up to me early on," said Franco. "He was like, 'You know what? We got to infuse humor whenever possible. Even if it's not in the scene, even if it's a more serious scene — let's give weight to those scenes, but let's infuse a little something in there because the comedy is what's going to get it to the next level.'"
Written by Shay Hatten and Tyler Tice, "Day Shift" feels like “John Wick” meets Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" films — but instead of Deadites, the monsters are vampires akin to those seen in "Bram Stoker's Dracula." The film establishes its own identity, though, by bringing the strengths of all three of those franchises to the forefront, punctuated by Foxx and Franco's natural ability to riff off each other.