Considering how Day Shift never leaves a dull moment with its relentless action and horror comedy, the prospect of Day Shift 2 is exciting – but an even better addition to the movie’s vampire franchise would be a spin-off titled Night Shift With the Nazarians. Unlike some genre juggernauts like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Netflix’s Day Shift rarely takes itself too seriously. While it does invest some of its time into serious world-building and character development, Day Shift primarily focuses on jumping from one slam-bang action scene to another – and that is what makes it so entertaining.
From contortionist goth vampires to unforeseeable decapitations, Day Shift uses some of the most creative modi operandi to drive its action scenes. Among these, the one that stands out features Steve Howey and Scott Adkins’ Russian Nazarian brothers. The two are a force to be reckoned with, and despite having limited screen time, in their brief scenes they upstage Foxx’s Bud and Dave Franco’s Seth by making vampire hunting look like a walk in the park.
Bud and Seth’s conflicting buddy cop dynamic is a well-executed running gag throughout the movie. However, considering how it reaches its turning point towards the end of Day Shift when Bud and Seth learn to stand up for one another, a sequel would only feel redundant if it harps on the same trope. Owing to this, the next installment in the Day Shift franchise would work better as a spin-off highlighting Diran and Mike Nazarian’s high-octane adventures and brotherly comradeship in a world rife with evil vampires.
Why A Nazarian Brothers Spinoff Would Be Better Than Day Shift 2
Day Shift‘s ending leaves viewers with one overarching mystery surrounding a vampire top boss named El Jefe and some foundational vampire lore of its universe. Barring these, the film hardly has any solid plot points that could be directed towards a sequel. That is where the Nazarians come in. As soon as they first show up in Day Shift, Bud acknowledges that they have “cleaned out all of Glendale, and now they’re headed west.” This itself sets the stage for an epic Nazarian origin story spin-off that could show how the brothers “share everything” from garlic chewing gums to silver bullets and wipe out armies of vampires all by themselves. Other than the double-edged nunchucks, knife boots, and decapitating roundhouse kicks featured in Day Shift, the spin-off can show many other never-seen-before vampire kills by putting Scott Adkins’ martial arts forte on full display. With so many interesting elements hidden in their fleeting Day Shift moments, the Nazarian brothers undoubtedly deserve their own spin-off.
By introducing Snoop Dogg with a cool Western cowboy shtick and adding its own take on Vampire types, Day Shift does a commendable job at capitalizing on its narrative devices. However, to sustain the movie as a full-fledged franchise, Netflix will have to bring something new to the table in future installments without entirely discarding Day Shift‘s charm and subtle references to vampire classics. Night Shift With the Nazarians could fit the bill for a Day Shift spin-off by walking through the dark yet comical vampire hunting endeavors of Diran and Mike Nazarian and featuring satirical callbacks to Micheal and Sam’s brotherhood in The Lost Boys.