Darren Lynn Bousman’s (’11-11-11′) Jersey Devil-based horror flick ‘The Barrens’ was present at this weeks American Film Market in Santa Monica. And horror site Shock Till You Drop were lucky enough to grab a look at 5 minutes of the movie, which is still currently in production. The film is of course based upon the legendary creature which is believed to reside in the Pine Barrens of South New Jersey. Stephen Moyer (‘True Blood’), Mia Kirshner -below (‘The Vampire Diaries’), Erik Knudsen (‘Saw II’, ‘Scream 4’) Allie MacDonald, Max Topplin and Peter DaCunha all star in the movie and you can read all about the 5 previewed minutes below. Please note, however, if you don’t want spoilers at all then please turn away now.
“In the film Cynthia Marlow (Kirshner) joins her husband Richard (Moyer), stepdaughter Sadie, and young son for a weekend camping trip in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Family bonding turns to horror when Richard falls ill and becomes convinced they are being stalked by the legendary creature of the Barrens: the Jersey Devil.”
And here’s the description from STYD (click the link below) of the 5 minute sequence:
The scene began with Moyer’s character, Richard, stumbling through the woods. He’s holding the carcass of what appears to be a decaying animal. Richard barely makes it to a pond (or creek) before he throws up. White vomit spills onto the carcass which he tosses into the water.
With bloodshot eyes, stubble and unkempt hair, Richard looks like a mess.
After disposing of the body, he hears something; thinks he has spied something hiding in the brush. We can’t tell what it is, it’s just a shape. Richard pulls out a pocket knife and approaches this thing until he is stopped by Ryan (Scream 4’s Erik Knudsen).
The two exchange some dialogue (the two are camping close to one another) before Richard launches into a story about the Jersey Devil legend and mother Leeds. We see Leeds in flashback, carrying her child down to the water (Bousman’s usual flashy visual touch carries us between the past and present). As Richard wraps up his story, creeping Ryan out a bit in the process, he spies that thing hiding in the brush again: A dark mound moving along the ground.
“Do you see that?” Richard asks Ryan.
“See…what?” Ryan asks, clearly not seeing what Richard is seeing.
And with that, the scene ends. A pretty good teaser that builds a modicum of mystery. Is this thing Richard sees all in his head? What’s with the animal corpse?
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