Double or nothing
This double bill includes two stories: “The Woman in the Room”, by Frank Darabont, and “The Boogeyman”, by Jeff Schiro. Both segments are minimalist and slow. These shorts came out in 1982 and 1983, respectively, and they were packaged as an anthology in 1994, which explains how old they look. These are the first films the creators wrote and directed.
These segments are considered “dollar babies”, which basically means that they cost each producer one dollar to adapt, payable to Stephen King himself, who wrote both short stories and published them in his Night Shift collection. This arrangement implies that the films cannot be commercially released and that the filmmakers cannot profit from them.
Now, being the work of aspiring filmmakers, these two shorts aren’t masterpieces. Frank Darabont would go on to write and direct amazing films, but there was no way to tell, at this point, he would one day be labeled “master of horror”. Nightshift Collection is an anomaly. It never feels like the King adaptations we’re used to now. It’s whatever the creators managed to put up with no budget.