A young man discovers something horrifying in his tool shed in this throwback to the 80’s monster film.
Stan is a troubled teen whose parents have died and as a result, lives with his grandfather. He finds himself bullied at both home and at school courtesy of punk kid Marble and his buddies Pitt and Ozzy. As a result, Stan has been in trouble with the law on numerous occasions and with his 18th birthday approaching, he could be in some serious trouble if he gets in any more fights. However, one fateful day is set to change his life forever, and not in a good way.
On a walk with his grandfather’s dog, he hears a noise coming out from the tool shed. When the dog goes into the shed, he is killed. When Stan tells his grandfather about the dog and the shed, he too falls victim upon entering. A creature is in the shed and attempts to attack Stan until Stan learns the monster cannot get out in the sunlight. Dommer, Stan’s friend, has grown tiring of the bullying from Marble and his gang. When Stan tells him about the shed, Dommer has something sinister in mind and Stan wants no part of it.
From writer and director Frank Sabatella comes this horror tale that looks to be a throwback to some classic horror films such as the underrated The Pit, Ghostkeeper, and The Unseen to name a few. The plots are similar in terms of an evil entity hiding and waiting to prey on its potential victims. However, Sabatella delivers something fresh by adding some twists and turns along the way.
Jay Jay Warren delivers a wonderful performance as the bullied Stan, whose opening scene seems to be a dream life at the happy life he wishes he has. However, reality sets in and we see him as the bullied and troubled teen whose life gets even more complicated when he discovers the creature in the titular shed. As Stan attempts to stay clear himself as well as stop others from going near the shed (with disastrous results in terms of one character), Cody Kostro’s Dommer has become unhinged as a result of his getting bullied. Normally in films where bullying makes somewhat unhinged, that would lead into something along the lines of fighting or shooting. However, as this is a horror film, it is more Dommer who wants revenge in an entirely different manner.
Sofia Happonen may seem like the type expected to play a damsel in distress style in Stan’s crush Rosie. However, as this is 2019, she is strong-willed and well, towards the finale, there are a few comic style lines between Rosie and Stan that sound funny at first but knowing what the film is, it does lead to eventual terror. Veteran Timothy Bottoms makes the most of his screen time as Stan’s abusive grandfather and Siobhan Fallon Hogan goes against type from her comic persona to play the sheriff who constantly gives Stan chances perhaps because she knows of the situation involving his character much to the chagrin on her deputy, who would love nothing more to see Stan in jail for his 18th. As for Frank Whaley, his performance as the creature is well done and for those wondering how he came to be, the film’s opening moments will show you.
The Shed is a well-made throwback to the 80’s monster movie with some twists, shocks, and some great performances from the young cast as well as the veterans. If you like films like The Pit or Ghostkeeper, then this one may be right up your alley.
WFG RATING: B+
RLJE Films presents a Bigger Boat production. Director: Frank Sabatella. Producers: Peter Block and Cory Neal. Writer: Frank Sabatella. Cinematography: Mathias Schubert. Editing: Frank Sabatella.
Cast: Jay Jay Warren, Sofia Happonen, Cody Kostro, Timothy Bottoms, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Chris Petrovski, Frank Whaley, Francisco Burgos, Uly Schlesinger, Mu-Shaka Benson, Damian Norfleet.
The film comes to theaters, On Demand, and Digital on November 15.