A bullied kid discovers a demonic vampire has taken up residence in his grandfather’s shed – now what? Frank Sabatella examines this quagmire, and makes an all too poignant statement, in his fantastic new horror film The Shed.
Stan (Jay Jay Warren) and Dommer (Cody Kostro) spend their high school years being picked on, mocked, and ignored in their forgotten small town. Stan lost his parents at an early age and now lives with his tough war-veteran grandfather (Timothy Bottoms), while Dommer fends for himself when not being beaten up. While doing chores one day, Stan finds that the shed is occupied by more than just garden tools. Soon things spiral out of control as revenge becomes a very real prospect, and best friends disagree about how to proceed.
“A bullied kid discovers a demonic vampire has taken up residence in his grandfather’s shed…”
Without turning into a cheesy after school special, Sabatella spins a classic ’80s yarn into brilliant social commentary. His characters are all too real, reacting wholly from the abuse and neglect they have known their entire lives. The ultimate question becomes, “Should we use this to our advantage?” It’s a philosophical pondering that quickly turns allies against each other, and every decision made in the film leads to its own stark consequence.