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The Barrens (2012)

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A man takes his family on a camping trip and becomes convinced they are being stalked by the legendary monster of the New Jersey Pine Barrens: the Jersey Devil.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Moyer ... Richard Vineyard
Mia Kirshner ... Cynthia Vineyard
Allie MacDonald ... Sadie Vineyard
Peter DaCunha ... Danny Vineyard
David Keeley ... Sheriff Winters (as David W. Keeley)
Erik Knudsen ... Ryan
Shamier Anderson ... Dave
Max Topplin ... Zach
Michael Copeman ... Wyatt Burns
Shawn Ashmore ... Dale
Athena Karkanis ... Erica
J. LaRose ... Ranger Bob
Chantelle Chung Chantelle Chung ... Laura
Naomi Snieckus ... Monica
Matt Baram ... Kyle
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Storyline

This movie is about the Vineyard family and their trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens. There is a legend that the Jersey Devil lives in these woods. It came about after a woman known as Mother Leeds had 13 children, but she offered up the 13th child to the Devil so she and her other children didn't have to leave their house as they were going to be forced out by the town folk because she was having too many kids in the area back in the 1700s. So it's now the present, and the Vineyard family are going to camp there so the father (Stephen Moyer) can release his father's ashes. But while there they hear that someone has gone missing, and Richard (Moyer) thinks it's the work of the Jersey Devil. So they move their camp site to get away from the rest of the campers only to find that they're in more trouble than they were before. But is the legend of the Jersey Devil real, or is it just another story? Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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Taglines:

The terrifying legend of the Jersey Devil is alive.

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Jersey Devil See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,339
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A majority of the scenes were done in a single take. See more »

Goofs

As the family is getting ready to leave on the camping trip, Richard mentions that the dog has been missing for a week. But toward the end of the movie, Richard says the dog bit him several weeks ago and he had him put down. See more »

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References The Blair Witch Project (1999) See more »

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The boredom
20 January 2013 | by mdnobles19See all my reviews

The Barrens took a promising premise and did nothing remotely interesting with it. The film had some suspense, grisly but off screen deaths and a likable cast. The result though came up very generic, slow moving, underdeveloped and dull. There were absolutely no scares, terror or entertainment value to this picture, making it one of the weakest horror films of 2012.

The film stars Stephen Moyer from the True Blood series and Mia Kirshner from The Black Dahlia. They play Richard and Cynthia Vineyard who go on a camping trip with their kids, but soon their trip takes a sinister turn when mysterious vanishings and death follows them. Richard is convinced that it is The Jersey Devil that has been after him since he was a little boy and paranoia soon takes over when no one believes him. I thought the performances were lackluster and has a botch script that brought the flawed film down even further. The characters were underdeveloped and didn't make me give a damn about their story and what happens to them. It's a shame because they are likable actors in an unlikable film.

Director, Darren Lynn Bousman is becoming a hit and miss filmmaker, although it's not as bad as 11-11-11, The Barrens is by far his weakest effort. I did not like his filming style in this movie; it came off as uninspired and amateurish compared to his many superior efforts such as Mother's Day, Saw III, and Repo! The Genetic Opera. He is capable of so much more than this flat, made for SyFy channel movie. The writing and filming was just lazy to me. Hopefully it's a hit next time because he definitely has it in him.

Overall, the poster is more interesting to look at than watching the actual film. The premise and leads alone may keep you intrigued for the most part and has a twist or two towards the end, but The Barrens is as tedious as they come. Disappointing addition to the horror genre.


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