Shudder Serves Up Summer Scares With Vampire Film ‘The Shed’

by Thomas Tuna

Shudder offers a “chilling” way to enjoy a hot August–a new vampire flick, The Shed, that debuts tomorrow, August 27.

The horror film–from writer/director Frank Sabatella (Children of the Witch)–hits AMC’s horror-themed premium streamer, but first teases fans with a graphic trailer (view it below), as reported by syfy.com.

The Shed–with the tantalizing tagline: “You’re dead if you go in the shed”–was an official selection at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and the Sitges International Film Festival. The movie stars Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, Sofia Happonen, Frank Whaley and Timothy Bottoms.

The film follows teenaged Sam and his best friend Dommer, who–according to the official synopsis–“must endure unrelenting torment from bullies in high school. However, that all changes when they discover a bloodthirsty vampiric creature that resides in a country shed. Now, the murderous demon that’s taken refuge inside the shack will help them take revenge when they hatch a sinister plan.” That can’t be good for those bullies.

Sabatella said in an interview that his plan with The Shed was to “create a horror film that was fun, cool and meaningful but, most of all, make vampires feel scary again. In recent years, most vampires on screen have been either very sexy and smooth or more on the comedic side.”

The director added that he wanted “to take vampires seriously and make them deadly, vicious and primal–letting those elements work together to create the horror and be the catalyst for drama and tragedy.”

Sabatella said he was inspired by several classic horror films when making The Shed. “I drew a lot of atmospheric inspiration from Near Dark, (and) The Lost Boys gave me inspiration for some of the tone and style of the film.” He added that ‘Salem’s Lot “inspired the imagery and tone of the writing, Stephen King is a huge influence on my work.”

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