New Art Work for Darren Bousman’s The Barrens Hits the Web
Darren Bousman is one of those rare horror directors who genuinely loves the horror genre. He’s using horror films as a stepping stone to “more legitimate films) (as so many director’s do). But for some reason we can’t always seeBousman’s films. His remake of MOTHER’S DAY (remade is 2010) has yet to have a theatrical release and has finally popped up on my VOD cable system (I’ll be watching it later this week). Voltage Pictures, though, is doing it’s damnedest to make sure Bousman’s latest film, THE BARRENS, is seen by everyone. Voltage pictures is currently in Cannes with THE BARRENS and has released a new poster for the film about a man who becomes convinced his family is being stalked by the Jersey Devil.
THE BARRENS is written and directed by Bousman and stars Mia Kirshner, Stephen Moyer, and Erik Knudsen. If you’re not familiar with the legend of the Jersey Devil then you really need to brush up on your legends. The Jersey Devil has been around for hundreds of years and the closer you get to the Pine Barrens in New Jersey the more and more sitings there are. Hell, the Jersey Devil’s as big as the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and the Chupacabra. The Jersey Devil was also the focus of the 1998 found footage flick, THE LAST BROADCAST, which inspired/influenced THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Check out the plot crunch:
Despite their reluctance, Richard Marlow (Moyer) takes his wife, Cynthia (Kirshner); 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.
Sure Bousman had a huge misfire with 11-11-11, but I think he’s a great director with some pretty damn good ideas. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this and seeing it.