Back when he was a kid, Richard Vineyard (Stephen Moyer) used to go camping with his father deep in the area of dense pine forests in southern New Jersey known as the Pine Barrens. Now, in spite of their reluctance, Richard takes his family – including his wife Cynthia (Mia Kirshner), teenage daughter Sadie (Allie MacDonald) and young son Danny (Peter DaCunha) – to Wharton State Forest for a long weekend of rustic camping
“The Barrens,” based on the legend of the Jersey Devil, a winged beast said to have been spawned 400 years ago by Satan himself, tells the story of their ill-fated adventure.
Right from the start of this camping trip, things get a little creepy. As they arrive at the forest, their car nearly collides with a mutilated deer that dashes into the road. Later that evening, they watch as another bloodied animal drops down from a tree. Even more frightening, a college student sleeping in a nearby campsite disappears in the middle of the night.
In spite of all of these negative omens, Richard insists that the family hike further into the forest, because he wants to go back to the place where he and his father used to camp. As they hike, however, Richard becomes increasingly ill. He develops a fever, and an old wound on his arm suddenly appears to be infected. Richard begins to hallucinate and his sickness becomes debilitating. As he teeters on the edge of sanity, Richard becomes convinced that they’re being stalked by the blood-crazed Jersey Devil. By the time the disfigured bodies of two college students turn up, the Vineyard family is truly terrified.
“The Barrens,” a twisted horror/thriller from writer/director Darren Lynn Bousman, also stars Eric Knudsen, Max Topplin, J. LaRose and Jason Detheridge. “The Barrens” is set for a limited release on September 28, 2012 by Anchor Bay Films.