The Shed (2019) Movie Review

Director: Frank Sabatella

Writer: Jason Rice, Frank Sabatella (Screenplay)

Starring: Jay Jay Warrne, Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen, Frnak Whaley, Timothy Bottoms, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Plot: A hunter gets bitten by a vampire and runs into a shed to avoid sunlight. Stan, a 17 y.o. on probation, and his supervisor grandpa live next to it. Stan’s bullied high school buddy can use a monster.

Tagline – Rage cannot be contained.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Shed starts as Stan (Warren) being left in probation with his grandfather Ellis (Bottoms) after the death of his parents, finds a strange monster in his farm shed, a creature that can’t handle sunlight and a lust for blood.

Stan’s best friend Dommer (Kostro) always gets bullied by Marble (Petrovski) and wants to use the creature to get back at the tormentors, while Stan is trying to hold everything together.

Thoughts on The Shed

Characters – Stan has seen his parents die in what sees his family life shattered forced to live with his grandfather under strict rules because of his new rebellious behaviour. He finds a creature in the shed on the farm where he doesn’t know what to do with it after he captures it, but his reputation doesn’t help keep the secret. Dommer is the best friend of Stan’s that is always being bullied at school, with Stan doing what he can to protect him, but he gets tired of Stan wanting his own life, wanting to use the creature for his own good. Roxy is the former friend that has moved to the popular crew at school, she is still the love interest of Stan, while willing to challenge her social status to make sure he is ok still. We get the traditional overly tough acting bully, the strict grandfather, the mysterious creature hiding in the shed.

PerformancesThe performances in the film work well, we get the rebel without a cause like performance in the leading role Jay jar Warren. Nobody does end up getting too much stand out screen time compared to him though.

StoryThe story here follows a rebellious teenager that finds a vampire creature hiding in a farm shed and is left conflicted on how to react to what to do with it, while dealing with the high school politics. When we look at the high school politics, it is everything we have seen before, friendships changing, bullies, love interest, etc, nothing comes off fresh here. What does come off more interesting, is the idea of a vampire trapped in the shed, luring victims in during the day, while Stan must keep it trapped at night, it gives this side of everything the Lost Boys feel it seems to be targeting.

HorrorThe horror comes from the splatter filled attacks by the vampire, most are off camera, while we don’t tend to see the brutality of the attack.

SettingsThe film uses a mix of the small town setting to show how Stan is left in a place where he might not escape, with the farm’s shed for the horror elements of the film, showing it standing in a crop field, with no escape in daytime for the vampire.

Scene of the Movie – The showdown on the farm with the bully.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The high school politics are generic.

Final Thoughts The Shed brings out The Lost Boys spirit of fighting a vampire, while getting bogged down with the standard high school politics.

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