A Bigger Boat, in association with Wing & A Prayer Pictures, is proud to announce – and reveal three first-look images from – The Shed, a bold horror feature from New York-based writer/director Frank Sabatella. The thriller recently wrapped filming in upstate New York and is eyeing a 2019 festival run.
Sabatella previously wrote and directed the 2011 Lionsgate release Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, as well as a number of holiday-themed Halloween shorts. Sabatella said upon the completion of filming, “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.”
Added Block, “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.”
The Shed stars Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show), Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction), Siobhan Fallon (Men in Black), Jay Jay Warren (“Bosch”), Cody Kostro (CBS’ “Elementary”), and newcomer Sofia Happonen.
It’s produced by Peter Block, the godfather of Lionsgate’s blockbuster Saw franchise; Cory Neal, who produced the ski-lift thriller Frozen with Block as well as the Hatchet series; and Josh Crook (The All Nighter). Rounding out the film’s crew is Director of Photography Matthias Schubert (Downrange), Jeremy Selenfriend handles the picture’s practical FX, and Mike Mendez is Co-Producer.
CMG handles international sales on The Shed, which will be featured at Santa Monica’s American Film Market, running October 31-November 7.
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 backyard, he tries to secretly battle the demon alone until his bullied friend discovers the creature and has a far more sinister plan in mind.