Trevor (Spencer Brown) a unemployed man, spends his days avoiding his overbearing wife (Lauren Socha, Misfits) and playing Dungeons and Dragons with painted figurines in his allotment shed, with his agoraphobic best friend Graham (Ewen Macintosh, The Office). All whilst dreaming of fantasy scenarios where he becomes his heroic alter ego ‘Casimr the destroyer’
Unbeknown to Trevor the allotment has now become a playground for the undead and it seems Trevor is not the only one hiding in the shed.
In order to survive Trevor must find the courage and decide whether or not he should try and save his wife and her beautiful best friend (Horror Channel’s Emily Booth) before it is too late.
Fans of the horror genre will recognise this stellar cast that unites horror icons , Kane Hodder (Friday The 13th, Hatchet), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) and Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects) all of whom play characters unlike they’ve ever played before.
Shed of the dead acts as a love letter to the zombie genre and quite clearly is massively influenced by Shaun of the Dead , It attempts to mix black comedic elements, with surprisingly poignant moments between the central characters (in particular Trevor and his wife) with moments of gore and bloodshed with a few less than memorable kills.
Fans of the zombie genre, looking for a full throttle gore fest may find themselves disappointed as Shed of the dead never becomes that, instead focuses more on character development rather than the pressing matter of a zombie apocalypse.
Although there are a few laugh out loud moments, especially if you’re a fan of a crude natured joke I cannot help feeling that there are a lot of missed opportunities.
Firstly there are massive issues with the writing of the characters, who are often reduced to one dimensional caricatures; like Trevor for instance the helpless nerd, Bobbi the nagging wife and Graham the sexually frustrated best friend (who I cannot help feeling is written as a bargain basement of Nick Frost) and Harriet, Bobbi’s best friend who is merely there to be the eye candy.
Secondly the film suffers big time in not knowing what exactly it aims to be, instead falls somewhere in between a comedy, a horror film and a drama all of which the film does not accomplish particularly well. I found myself increasingly frustrated by the idea of what a better conceived script could have produced given the talent on board.
Although Shed of the dead is by far not the worst zombie film I have seen it is unlikely to ever become a future classic, there is some fun to be had with the film (in particular any scene with Bill Moseley). Shed of the dead could quite easily be enjoyed as a Friday night flick with some friends and a few beers, and could make for a somewhat fun but unforgettable experience.
Following its premiere at London Sci Fi Festival 2019, Shed of the Dead is currently available on all digital platforms from 20th May 2019