Darren Lynn Bousman is really making waves in the horror world right now. His violent thriller Mother’s Day had some rather good reviews earlier this year, his incredibly creepy looking 11.11.11 is due out on November 11th 2011 (funny that!), and with Saw 2-4 now well and truly behind him, the director continues to move onwards and upwards. He is already making a start on revenge thriller Ninety, but more importantly, he is heading back to spooky territory and folklore with The Barrens.
The film is based on the legend of the Jersey Devil, and a new face has just signed up to take part in the creepy horror. True Blood’s Stephen Moyer is now onboard to play a Father who takes his family on a camping trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a massive forest where the Jersey Devil is rumoured to roam. Anchor Bay Entertainment expect to release the film Autumn next year, and here is the synopsis:
Despite their reluctance, Richard Marlow takes his wife, Cynthia; their young son, Danny; and his teenage daughter, Sadie, to the Pine Barrens for a long weekend of camping and family bonding. As they arrive at the Wharton State Forest, a mutilated deer runs out into the road, nearly colliding with the Marlows’ car. Later that evening another bloodied animal falls from a tree. Bad turns to worse when, in the middle of the night, a college boy camping nearby disappears into the woods. Nevertheless, Richard presses the family to hike farther into the forest to the spot where he used to camp with his father. He is feverish, and a past wound on his arm appears badly infected, but when it begins to rain, there is no turning back. Richard’s sickness soon becomes debilitating; his headaches turn to hallucinations. What’s worse, he believes there is something stalking them…something with yellow eyes, pointed horns, and the wings of a bat – THE JERSEY DEVIL. The disfigured bodies of the missing camper and another college boy soon turn up. The Marlows must fight for their lives as the horrifying answer reveals itself in a shocking and tragic conclusion.
By Matt Wavish