Snoop Dogg co-stars in the film as a veteran vampire hunter, while Dave Franco portrays a man who is also thrust into the supernatural underworld.
Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg are “cuttin’ necks and cashin’ checks” in Netflix‘s vampire movie Day Shift, which will be sinking its teeth into the streaming service on August 12. The trailer came out yesterday.
The trailer kicks things off by showing Foxx cleaning a possum out of a pool, and when he sets his cleaning supplies down, they're revealed to be hiding his actual tools of vampire exterminating. After Jamie Foxx takes a rifle to an older woman in her home, her body transforms to become a twisted creature of the night.
Vampire hunting is more than just a calling, it's a business. Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg star in DAY SHIFT, coming to Netflix August 12. pic.twitter.com/OGy9aa8Qtz— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) July 11, 2022
In the movie, Foxx portrays a blue-collar dad named Reid whose pool-cleaning business in the San Fernando Valley just so happens to hide his real job as a vampire hunter. “Vampire hunting is a business — cutting necks and cashing checks,” Snoop’s character explains in the trailer as Foxx does, well, precisely that before revealing he has to make $10,000 to keep his wife from taking his 10-year-old daughter all the way across the country to Florida. And the only way to make that happen? By rejoining the vampire hunters’ union he was once kicked out of for one last chance at big money.
You’ll note that the trailer advertises the movie as coming from “the guys who taught John Wick how to kick ass.” That’s because the Day Shift is directed by J.J. Perry, who served as a stunt coordinator on the John Wick movies, along with a lot of other work over the course of his long career. Day Shift will be his first feature as a director, and you at least know the action will be up to snuff. Aside from Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, and Snoop Dogg, Day Shift boasts an all-star cast that includes Karla Souza, Meagan Good, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Oliver Masucci, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, and Zion Broadnax.
Talking to the Vanity, as a first-time filmmaker, Perry acknowledges drawing inspiration from fellow stunt performers turned directors, like John Wick’s Chad Stahelski (a longtime collaborator and one of the producers of Day Shift) and the late Hal Needham, who revolutionized action directing in the 1970s when he brought his firsthand knowledge of falls, fisticuffs, and daredevil driving behind the camera. Perry also cites Big Trouble in Little China, The Evil Dead, and The Lost Boys—all films that never took their supernatural setting too seriously.
J.J. Perry directed Day Shift from a script by Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten, which was written from a story by Tice. Day Shift will premiere on Netflix on August 12.