Last night, I watched the latest Lifetime movie premiere, Killer Night Shift!
Why Was I Watching It?
Because it was on Lifetime!
Seriously, as much as I loved watching all of the SyFy shark movies last week, I was ready to return to Lifetime and see what type of melodrama they had to offer this weekend.
I have to admit that I was also intrigued by the title. Killer is a word that shows up in several Lifetime titles but this is the first time that I’ve ever heard of a killer night shift. Some day, I’m going to write a Lifetime movie called Killer Yoga Lesson.
What Was It About?
It was about a couple, David (Johnny Pacar) and Tricia (Christie Burson) Rosen. They’re rich in the way that most Lifetime couples are, in that they own a really big house, Tricia is an online yoga instructor, and David’s business is ill-defined but it keeps him away from home for extended periods of time.
Tricia is also 8 months pregnant! With David away on business, Tricia needs a homecare nurse. She has two to choose from. There’s Irene (Vanessa Reseland), the sullen nurse that’s actually assigned to her. Irene has a shady history of stealing medication and being rude to patients. And then there’s Katy (Cynthia Evans), who is Tricia’s talkative neighbor and who spends all of her time at Tricia’s house.
(I don’t blame her! It’s a really nice house!)
Anyway, since this is a Lifetime film, we know that at least one of the nurses is going to turn out to be crazy and homicidal. But which one?
For the first hour or so, the film did a pretty good job of keeping you guessing as to which nurse would ultimately turn out to be the dangerous one. Both Vanessa Reseland and Cynthia Evans were well cast as two very different nurses. Once it was revealed which nurse actually was the bad nurse, I have to say that she turned out to be even more evil than the typical Lifetime villain.
Shalesha Monique Henderson played Irene’s supervisor, Adele. Though it was a small role, Henderson made a definite impression. We’ve all known someone like Adele, someone who doesn’t have any time for any foolishness and who is too busy to waste time being polite. Adele’s withering look of disgust whenever Irene complained about her assignment was definitely one of the highlights of the film.
What Did Not Work?
The film itself moved a bit slowly and I have to admit that I got a bit depressed while watching it. Despite all of the melodrama, the film wasn’t quite as over the top as a typical Lifetime film. Lifetime movies deal with such traumatic issues that you kinda need those over the top, borderline absurd moments to remind you that it’s only a movie. You really felt their absence in Killer Night Shift.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
I was in kind of a bad mood yesterday so I related to Irene’s constant bad mood. Sometimes, you just don’t want to say “excuse me” when you shove someone out of the way.
There’s a lot of money to be made in yoga.