Do you like the Netflix day shift? The director wants you to see these movies.

Netflix’s new vampire slayer movie Day shift brings back an old classic: combining action, horror and comedy in a fun and exciting package for the audience. It helps to have a leading man like Jamie Foxx and a director like JJ Perry.

First-time director Perry, a veteran stunt performer and action choreographer, brings electric action sequences to the film, while Foxx and co-star Dave Franco add to the charm. Perry spoke to Polygon about his love for movies that can blend all three genres of action, horror, and comedy.

“When you have those three ingredients and you implement them perfectly,” he says, “you will always have an advantage over the audience.”

Perry’s work on the John Wick franchise and his long friendship and working association with director Chad Stahelski meant that he began receiving many scripts for his first directing project. But most of those scripts focused on traumatic experiences in the military. Perry, an Army veteran, wasn’t interested in doing that kind of work.

“People sent me scripts and they were all darker,” he says. “And since I was in the army, [they were all], Oh, it’s about a guy with PTSD, with a sniper who has PTSD. Y Oh, we want you to make a John Wick-type movie.and I was like, Well, how did I do that?.”

That changed when Perry found out Day shifta movie in which Foxx’s vampire hunter Bud Jablonski must team up with friends old and new to mend his relationship with the Vampire Hunters Syndicate and take down a bunch of bad guys to secure a big score.

“When I received the script [for Day Shift],” Perry says, “Immediately when I read it, I immediately knew this was the one.”

In our chat, Perry mentioned four action-horror-comedy movies that he grew up with. These movies were on her mind while she was working on Day shiftand you can see the influence on one of The best action movies on Netflix. even. So if you have seen and liked Day shift and want to revisit some classics, here are Perry’s picks.

Big Trouble in Little China

Kurt Russell holds a submachine gun in Big Trouble in Little China.

Image: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Buckaroo Banzai Director WD Richter rewrote the script for Big Trouble in Little China, taking it from an 1880s western and turning it into a modern martial arts story. The fourth project from director John Carpenter with lead actor Kurt Russell, this was Carpenter’s only martial arts film, something he had wanted to do for a long time.

Weather Big problem has grown a significant cult following since its release, the film’s poor reception caused Carpenter to leave the Hollywood system and return to making films on his own. Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong join Russell in the cast.

Big Trouble in Little China is available to watch on Hulu.

The missing child

Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys, with his platinum blonde hair

Image: Warner Home Video

There are many things to write about the work of Joel Schumacher. The missing childa dark and funny coming-of-age story that works like an insane adaptation of Peter Pan. But if I’m going to mention just one thing, it’s Kiefer Sutherland’s unforgettable performance as the villainous David Powers. Aided by the film’s incredible costumes, production design, hair and makeup, Sutherland’s Powers is an iconic movie villain from an era filled with them.

The missing child is available to watch for free with ads on Tubi, or for digital rental or purchase on VOD platforms.

the bad death

Two young men in Evil Dead peek somewhere they shouldn't

Image: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Possibly the zenith of horror comedies, Sam Raimi’s original film in the excellent Evil Dead franchise remarkably balances its tone of wicked humor with the horrors that unfold before your eyes. It’s a deft feat, and it feels like no one but Raimi (and the star and vessel of him, Bruce Campbell) could have pulled it off.

the bad death is available to watch for free with ads on Tubi and Pluto TV, or for digital rental or purchase on VOD platforms.

fright night

A red-eyed wolf growls in Fright Night

Image: Columbia Pictures Home Video

Tom Holland (no, not that one) is best known for directing the excellent Child’s play, spawning the Chucky franchise. But his directorial debut was this vampire horror comedy about a boy who finds out his neighbor is a vampire. What does the boy? He finds an actor who played a vampire hunter in the movies to stop the vampire, of course.

fright night is available to watch for free with ads on Pluto TV, or for digital rental or purchase on VOD platforms.

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