Day Shift is a 2022 American vampire action comedy film directed by J. J. Perry in his directorial debut, with a screenplay by Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten, based on a story by Tice. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Snoop Dogg, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Steve Howey, and Scott Adkins.
Jamie Foxx plays a down-on-his-luck vampire hunter in Day Shift, his second major Netflix film after the similarly comic book-y Project Power. A tongue-in-cheek throwback to the glory days of Michael Bay — at least when it isn’t actively reminding you of the early Netflix tentpole Bright — Day Shift is the kind of film in which an elderly lady vampire vomits black goo on the hero in the very first scene. But it’s also the kind of film in which the hero trips and falls on the goo, immediately after being puked on. Nobody is taking themselves too seriously here.
Directed by debutante JJ Perry and co-produced by Chad Stahelski (director of the John Wick movies), Day Shift feels very much like a film that was conceptualised as one thing, but (perhaps after being bitten in the neck) was transformed into something else over time. It’s co-written by Shay Hatten, the 28-year-old who has already worked on three Zack Snyder films and multiple projects in the John Wick franchise. He’s likely behind Day Shift’s elaborate world-building, which includes blink-and-miss evidence that the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter might be canonical to this universe, and a longish exposition dump about vampire factions.