The last time we heard anything about Darren Lynn Bousman’s (SAW franchise, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA) Jersey Devil feature THE BARRENS was months ago when a sales art poster was released for Cannes. Whether you’ve been a long time Backwoods Horror reader or have just joined the party, you may be aware that we are suckers for the ‘ol monster-in-the-woods horror flicks. While many other monstrous legends have often received the horror film treatment, the Jersey Devil has been woefully underdone, with perhaps the last decent film to broach the subject being Dante Tomaselli’s very creepy SATAN’S PLAYGROUND which came out in 2006 and featured Felissa Rose, Ellen Sandweiss, and Edwin Neal (the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Hitchhiker).
With Bousman at the helm, THE BARRENS, starring Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner, Erik Knudsen, J Larose, Allie MacDonald, Max Topplin and Peter DaCunha may give the Jersey Devil the monster film treatment it deserves. Now we have news that Anchor Bay will be releasing THE BARRENS via DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on October 9th. The film will also hit theaters in a limited release and additional big-screen showings based on fan demand via a partnership with Tugg.
Despite their reluctance, Richard Marlow takes his wife Cynthia, 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 further 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.
The discs will present the movie in 16×9-enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound on the Blu-ray; extra features include commentary by Bousman and cinematographer Joseph White and a deleted scene. Retail prices are $26.98 for the DVD and $29.99 for the combo pack.