Shed is the new film from writer/director/producer/cinematographer David Axe. It somehow managed to stay off my radar despite my being a fan of The Theta Girl, which he wrote. Shot in Columbia SC for about $25,000 it’s a return to low budget blood and boobs grindhouse film making.
The plot is deceptively simple. Skin stealing creatures live among humans, masquerading as human. Shed opens with one discarding her damaged beyond repair disguise. Her farewell to that identity is a clue this isn’t a normal monster movie.
There’s a Halloween party going on nearby, a perfect source of a new identity. Drinks and blood will flow and before the night is over more than one person will turn out to not be who they appeared to be. In more ways than one.
Shed does a good job of mixing the plot points we expect from this kind of film with some nice twists. There’s a big cast for a film of this budget and that means plenty of victims. When Mike (Mike Amason) starts telling his of humanoid parasites we already know its true and can tell there’s lots of carnage to come. And there is, between killings and scenes of skin being removed and put on. The effects are practical, and for the most part, are effective.
As I also mentioned there’s a bit more, and more explicit sex and nudity in Shed than in many current horror films. We’re barely 15 minutes in and there’s a threesome going on. As with its gore, the film doesn’t shy away from skin either. It also doesn’t always display it the way you might expect. While some won’t be thrilled about that I was happy to see a change from coyly posed silicone Barbies.
Despite all of its exploitation elements, Shed does have some depth to it. Its publicity says “SHED is an indie horror flick with skin-stealing monsters. But really, it’s about love.” which is not really untrue. Many of the character’s actions of one kind or another revolve around love. What you would do for love, for, or to save a loved one. It’s not overwhelming or sappy, but it does give the film a nice core.
Shed is currently on the festival circuit and looking for distribution. You can check for future screenings on its Facebook page. Hopefully, it finds a home soon. It has more going on than many films I’ve seen make it to DVD and VOD.