Tuesday, 7 January 2020

DVD Review - The Shed

Available on DVD and Blu-ray!

Arriving today on DVD ($27.97) & Blu-ray ($28.97) is the vampire flick The Shed (NR; 97 minutes) from RLJE Films (AMC Networks). Directed by Frank Sabatella (Blood Night), the film stars Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Frank Whaley, and Timothy Bottoms. There are no special features or bonus extras.

The Shed centers around Stan (played by Jay Jay Warren) a troubled teenager who has been living with his drunken grandfather (played by Timothy Bottoms) ever since his parents died. He's being bullied at school and been in & out of juvenile court. Just when he believes his life can't get any worse — it does!

Hiding inside the shed on his grandfather's property is a newly turned vampire (played by Frank Whaley). After a bloody encounter with the vampire, Stan barricades the shed's door before nightfall. He attempts to call the sheriff (played by Siobhan Fallon Hogan) but decides against it in fear of getting into more trouble with the law. The only person he can confine in is his best friend, Dommer (played by Cody Kostro) — which was a huge mistake!

(L-R) Cody Kostro as Dommer and Jay Jay Warren as Stan in the horror, thriller “THE SHED,” an RLJE Films release. Photo courtesy of RLJE Films.

Dommer sees the vampire as an opportunity to get rid of their bullies once and for all, which just leads to more bloodshed.

Sofia Happonen as Roxy in the horror, thriller “THE SHED,” an RLJE Films release. Photo courtesy of RLJE Films.

To destroy the vampire threat, Stan must team up with his crush, Roxy (played by Sofia Happonen), in a final showdown to the death.

Final Thoughts

There hasn't been a really good vampire movie in quite a long time. I try to keep my expectations low when it comes to any new vampire tales but RLJE Films has made some entertaining horror flicks in recent years, so I was eagerly looking forward to watching The Shed.

The film starts out a little rough with a revealing prologue and a weird nightmare sequence. However, it improves pretty quickly as soon as you realize what kind of hell the protagonist has been living with. While the main plot involves a blood-thirsty vampire locked up in a shed, there's also a subplot involving school bulling that is done really well.

For the most part, the acting from the cast is good; though the actor playing the deputy needs to take a few more acting classes. For me, Timothy Bottoms gave one of his best performances.

The directing and cinematography are exceptional. At times, the film felt like an '80s horror film. The musical score is excellent and it enhances the creepy scenes.

Overall, I had a blast watching The Shed. It's one of the better vampire films in recent memory. Make sure to check it out!

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