Saw and Hatchet producers put a monster in The Shed

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

The Shed Frank Sabatella

Production recently wrapped on THE SHED, a new horror film from writer/director Frank Sabatella that was produced by Wing & A Prayer's Josh Crook, SAW producer Peter Block, and HATCHET producer Cory Neal. As the project goes through post-production with the intention of making a 2019 festival run, a handful of images from the film have been released online, along with an early poster – and all of these things can be seen right here in this article.

Starring Timothy Bottoms, Frank Whaley, Siobhan Fallon, Jay Jay Warren, Cody Kostro, and Sofia Happonen, THE SHED tells the story of 

Stan, an orphaned teenager stuck living with his abusive grandfather and tasked with routinely protecting his best friend from high school bullies. When Stan discovers a murderous creature has taken refuge inside the toolshed in his back yard, he tries to secretly battle the demon alone until his bullied friend discovers the creature and has a far more sinister plan in mind.

THE SHED is Sabatella's second feature, following the 2011 Lionsgate release BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET. He had this to say about his new film: 

I'm really excited about our dynamic cast of veteran actors and incredibly talented fresh faces that bring an interesting dimension of realism to the film. It is a unique horror piece with great scares and awesome moments that I think audiences will really respond to. I can’t wait to get it in front of them."  

Block added, 

Frank (Sabatella) and I wanted to take a cool horror set-up and use it to comment on current anti-bullying discussions, as well as to use a horror creature as a metaphor for the extreme outcomes that occur when the bullied are pushed too far."

This one sounds really interesting to me. I love the "monster in the shed out back" set-up, as that seems like a fear that really would be conjured up by a kid who's living in the countryside. Except here the monster is real, and gets caught in a "revenge for bullying" scenario… The idea of people being tricked into going inside a shed that has a monster in it, if that's what happens, reminds me of the CREEPSHOW segment The Crate.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about THE SHED as it makes its way out into the world.

CMG is handling the international sales of the film, which will be featured at the American Film Market at the end of this month and through the first week of November.

Source: Arrow in the Head

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Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.