Day shift director on set of vampire fights, using moves from Lucha Libre | Pretty Reel

Netflix’s vampire action comedy film Day Shift features its fair share of vampire fights, many of which also feature a ton of amazing stunts and action.

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Speaking to ComingSoon recently about the film, Perry explained how the team behind the film came up with fight scenes and the idea behind the fight between vampires and hunters.

“Inspiration comes from everything you’ve seen or done in your life,” Perry said. “So the inspiration for all the movies I’ve worked on…what I’ve said to my action crew that I’ve been on the road with for about seven years [was] “I don’t want to do anything we’ve already done. I want to look for new ways of doing things. And if we ever say, “Well, let’s just do it the old fashioned way,” I said, “Then we’ve failed and we’re dying a little death. The vampires had to look interesting, so we brought in contortionists and doubled them with stuntmen, and doubled them with fighters. So something like, for example, the grandmother. There’s the actress, there’s a stunt double, there’s a fight double, and there’s a contortion double, and the contortion work itself, when we smack them and bend them in half, we turn it upside down.

Perry then revealed more about how the vampire fights – many of which see vampires bend or contort in different ways – were designed, with Perry revealing he looked to the world of Lucha Libre for inspiration. .

“They’re in two, then we took them out on a wire and played it backwards, but with magic camera speed that I can’t divulge unless you give me a lot of money… there is a secret there,” Perry said. “So I wanted to change the way vampires fought. So I mixed it with stuff like Lucha Libre, wire…and they’re so flexible, it’s like fighting an octopus trying to bite you. At the same time throwing MMA moves, like a crucifix, right? You saw the mount, the switch. So I wanted to add a few elements to it that felt familiar and that people might relate to, but then toss them over their heads and try them again. So yeah, I just wanted everyone to have their own style.

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Day Shift is JJ Perry’s first feature directing from a screenplay written by Shay Hatten (John Wick 3 & 4, Army of the Dead) based on the original screenplay written by Tyler Tice. The film is produced by John Wick director Chad Stahelski and Jason Spitz for 87Eleven Entertainment with Impossible Dream Entertainment’s Shaun Redick and Yvette Yates Redick. It is produced by Foxx, Datari Turner and Peter Baxter.

Day shift director on set of vampire fights, using moves from Lucha Libre | Pretty Reel