Saw’s Darren Lynn Bouseman may not be my favorite director, but he’s got my attention with his upcoming DTV horror thriller The Barrens.
Why, you might ask? Chiefly because it takes place in the scariest, most horrifying place on the planet, New Jersey, and it features one of my personal favorite urban legends, The Jersey Devil. Pickings have been slim for cinematic versions of the creature, with duds like The Last Broadcast and Carny failing to do the mythological beastie his due justice. The X-FIles featured the Devil legend in an early episode of the first season, but bummed us all out by revealing the monster to be a rampaging Neanderthal woman running willy-nilly through South Jersey’s Pine Barrens.
This one at least teases us with peeks of the winged, goat-faced monstrosity that readers of 80′s cryptozoology classics by the likes of Daniel Cohen will well remember. Looks like True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and The Vampire Diaries Mia Kirshner will go head-to-head with the Devil this October 9th, when the film hits DVD and Blu-Ray just in time for Halloween.
Check out the trailer and synopsis below:
“It’s known as the Jersey Devil, the winged beast spawned 400 years ago by Satan himself. Some say this creature still inhabits the dense pine forests of southern New Jersey, where Richard Vineyard (Stephen Moyer, “True Blood”) takes his family for a rustic weekend camping trip. As the Vineyard family ventures further into the woods in search of the perfect campsite, Richard teeters on the edge of sanity. And it seems that the blood-crazed demon called The Jersey Devil may no longer be just a myth. Mia Kirshner (“The Vampire Diaries”), Erik Knudsen (‘Saw II’) and Allie MacDonald (‘House at the End of the Street’) co-star in this twisted chiller from writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman (‘Saw II-IV’) about a new kind of horror that lives – and kills – in a place called The Barrens.”