The Shed – USA, 2019 – preview

RLJE Films will has bought the rights to distribute The Shed in the US and will release the movie theatrically and on VOD and Digital HD on November 15th 2019.

“We are thrilled to be working with Peter Block and Cory Neal on their latest horror film, The Shed,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer of RLJE Films. “We know audiences are going to love the story, and the way the movie calls to mind everyone’s favourite genre films from their youth, while clearly being in today’s world.”

“I’m very excited for audiences to see the film! I grew up on movies like this and wanted to make a fun, scary movie while still bring a unique idea to the table,” said writer/director Frank Sabatella. “We took themes of alienated youth and neglect, wrapped them within a central horror concept, and we’re lucky to get a cast of great new talent and recognizable faces to bring depth and personality to the characters. I think that – plus some great scares – is what makes The Shed so unique and surprising.”

“We always respond to story ideas that beg the question ‘what if?’ Maybe its kids stuck on a ski lift, or two guys chained up in a dingy bathroom, or scuba divers abandoned in the middle of the ocean,” said producers Peter Block and Cory Neal. “This time it was watching the news and seeing another senseless school shooting by a bullied teen and we wondered what if he didn’t have his Dad’s AR-15, but rather… and that’s The Shed. RLJE Films is all about finding hidden gems and bringing them to audiences and when we told them what we were doing, and then showed them the results, they were super aggressive. We’re thrilled.”

Here’s our previous coverage of the movie:

‘Don’t go there.’

The Shed is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film about a teenager that discovers a murderous creature inside his family’s tool shed.

Written and directed by Frank Sabatella (Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet), the movie stars Jay Jay Warren (Day of Reckoning), Cody Kostro (short: The American Werewolves), Sofia Happonen, Frank Whaley (All That We Destroy; Cold Moon; Red Dragon) and Timothy Bottoms (Parasomnia; Uncle Sam; The Fantasist; et al).

The Shed was produced by Peter Block (Saw franchise; House At the End of the Street); Cory Neal (Frozen; Hatchet series) and Mike Mendez (director of Don’t Kill It; Lavalantula; Big Ass Spider!)

Plot:

As an orphan living with his abusive grandfather, life sucks for teenager Stan (Jay Jay Warren). But he’s got it better than his best friend Dommer (Cody Kostro) who he regularly has to defend against the school bullies. And now their best friend Roxy (Sofia Happonen), Stan’s secret crush, has fallen in with the cool crowd who harass them daily.

However, these “monsters” in Stan’s daily world are nothing compared to the monsters of Stan’s nightmare come to life. When Stan finds a murderous creature of the night has taken refuge in his family’s backyard tool shed – and killed his grandfather – he can’t go to the cops who’ll likely put him in foster care.

While Stan tries to battle the demon alone, Dommer thinks it’s the solution to their bully problems, if only they can lure the bullies to the Shed. Sometimes monsters turn regular folks into heroes, and sometimes they just turn them into different monsters…

Release:

The Shed will be shown at the 2019 Grimmfest (5th October, Manchester, UK) and Sitges (4th and 5th October, Spain) film festivals.

Cast and characters:

  • Jay Jay Warren … Stan
  • Cody Kostro … Dommer
  • Sofia Happonen … Roxy
  • Frank Whaley … Bane
  • Timothy Bottoms … Ellis
  • Siobhan Fallon Hogan … Sheriff Dorney
  • Chris Petrovski … Marble
  • Francisco Burgos … Pitt
  • Uly Schlesinger … Ozzy
  • Mu-Shaka Benson … Deputy Haiser
  • Drew Moore … Mr Deere
  • Caroline Duncan … Kathleen
  • Sal Rendino … Robert
  • Damian Norfleet … Ancient Vampire

Production companies:

  • A Bigger Boat
  • Sideshow Pictures

NB. Not to be confused with David Axe’s Shed (USA, 2019) or Shed of the Dead (UK, 2019).

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