What do you get when you mix bullies and bloodthirsty vampires? You get Frank Sabatella’s indie horror film The Shed, from the producer of the Saw franchise.
The film centers a teen named Stanley (Jay Jay Warren) whose back story is a heartbreaking one. Things go from good to bad to dreadful quick in the film when his parents die. Being a victim of abuse and bullying at both his new home and at school really makes you feel for the kid. When he finds something inhuman and hungry hiding in his shed all hell breaks loose. But Stanely’s not giving up on being a decent person without a fight.
Besides being entertaining, the movie has a strong anti-bully message. Let’s be honest, bullies, both in real life and online are a real problem. Bullying can really damage a person, sometimes for life. So, repeat after me, don’t be a dick.
Jay Jay Warren really brings his character to life. He makes Stanley’s pain, sorrow, and panic feel believable. An actor that is still a teenager pulling that off is impressive. The whole cast, which also includes Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen, Timothy Bottoms, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Frank Whaley, did well.
I have to give props to the special effects department. The monsters and the props look great. The fact that the film features practical effects gets bonus points in my book. As for the monsters, you won’t see some pretty-faced glittery vampires in this flick, they’re ugly, bloody and vicious, just the way I like them. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of blood and guts for you gorehounds.
The Shed keeps up the pace throughout the film which has enough action and drama to keep you hooked. It’s something for everyone.
The Shed is a horror flick that you should sink your fangs into, after all, it’s getting a five skull review from me. Luckily, you won’t have to wait to see it, The Shed is out today on Digital and On Demand. Go watch it!