Get ready to celebrate
National Shed Week
1-6 July 2014
Top 9 Cinematic Sheds
Yes, that's right the Top 9 Cinematic Sheds! In order to celebrate National Shed Week
2014, which is taking place between the 1st and 6th of
July, we’ve decided to have a bit of fun. So, while Sheddies across the land
are busy preparing their weird, wonderful, uniformly excellent shed creations
for the shed of the year 2014 competition, the announcement of which will be
televised on Channel 4 in August, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane
to re-immortalise some of the finest cinematic turns sheds have made over the
Without further ado, here is a list of
the top 9 sheds in film:
Friday the 13th (2009)
The first shed on the list is a macabre one, featuring in the 2009 reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise. Unfortunate teenager Chewie (Aaron Yoo) meets his untimely, excessively gruesome end at the hands of cinematic nightmare Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears), while exploring the tool shed of his friend’s parents. The tool shed in question was courteous enough to provide the screwdriver which cut short Chewie’s partying; playing a less passive role than many of the other sheds on this list.
Mr and Mrs Smith (2005)
This cinematic shed featured in the 2005 film that brought Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie together; no doubt playing a crucial part in the matchmaking process. This shed serves as the civilian cover for the arms cache of Pitt’s character John Smith, featuring a hidden basement packed with guns; giving him a more logical reason than most for keeping his spouse out of his shed.
The Full Monty (1997)
One of the more memorable sheds on the list, this shed plays host to a scene which examines the body image issues faced by the average man, in today’s image obsessed modern world. Specifically, Mark Addy’s character Dave, daunted by the prospect of showing his body on stage as a stripper, seals himself in a shed and wraps himself in a plastic sheet, in an attempt to lose weight. In a moment of weakness Dave tucks into a chocolate bar; symbolically demonstrating the hardships of being an overweight man in a world which expects more. While in a shed.
This particular garden based tool and equipment receptacle serves as the hiding place for the eponymous benevolent alien, prior to his discovery by Elliott (Henry Thomas). The shed’s off screen ejection of E.T. leads directly to his much discussed journey to return home; perhaps demonstrating Spielberg’s subtle attempt to cast a film with a shed as the protagonist.
Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966)
Unlike the above example, the intervention of this particular shed is more malevolent. While originally acting as a shelter and hiding place for some of the main characters, the shed eventually reveals its true colours when it allows a group of daleks to sneak up on them, leading to their betrayal and capture. The shed is ultimately betrayed in turn, being blown up along with a treacherous character hiding within.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
A shed serves as the location of the touching epilogue to this 2004 rom-zom-com, with eponymous protagonist Shaun returning to his man-cave/shed, post-zombie apocalypse. As the film ends, Shaun enjoys a game of Timesplitters 2 with his best-friend Ed, who is unfortunately now one of the undead himself.
The Green Mile (1999)
A crucial element of the Green Mile, the shed at the Georgia Pines nursing home is where unnaturally long-lived ex-prison warden Paul Edgecomb has stashed his equally well-aged pet, Mr Jingles. In doing so, this shed acts as the location for the final evidencing of inmate John Coffey’s supernatural powers.
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
A rarity on this list, this particular shed moves. Or at least it does when the character Max, played by Walter Matthau, rams his love rival’s ice fishing shed into a lake; a fairly original way to express distaste at someone’s conduct. Another shed falls victim to the capricious whims of man.
This shed serves as the setting for the films finale, fully showcasing the compelling, if slightly wooden acting of this particular outbuilding. Heroically sacrificing itself in vain attempt to prevent a tornado from reaching the two protagonists hidden within; the unfortunate shed receives no gratitude for its efforts, just swift destruction.
You may be surprised to learn that the shed plays a very important role in many of our lives. Click here to read the Trimetals blog to find out more about our obsession with these seemingly humble buildings that tend to be found at the bottom of the garden.
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