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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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Cynthia Vineyard
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Sadie Vineyard
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Sheriff Winters (as David W. Keeley)
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Kyle
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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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The terrifying legend of the Jersey Devil is alive.

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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30 November 2012 (Germany)  »

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Devil in the Woods  »

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There were more shots of the Jersey Devil in an earlier version of the movie. See more »

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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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Dream My Darling
Written by Jon Scott Edwards and Lynda Kay Parker
Performed by Lynda Kay Parker (as Lynda Kay)
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Badly Acted Drivel
8 April 2016 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

The Barrens is a horror that thinks it's a drama.

A family of four head into the New Jersey forest, and run into a monster from the American folk legend: The Jersey Devil. It touches on some satanic plot devices, bad witch stories from the Salem days, and kids telling campfires stories about garbage they read online. Normally I wouldn't trash a movie for trying (and this one certainly does), but the problem with this film is that it's SO badly acted.

The father, played by Stephen Moyer (of True Blood fame) is the only actor with any real experience. Sadly he doesn't bring any of that to this film. He starts as a distant, derelict, and somewhat dead-beat father, trying to reconnect with his son and daughter, and quickly devolves into a madhouse drunkard possessed by abstract visions and nightmares. He never once comes across as father, and acts like a genuine jackass throughout the movie. His new wife doesn't do a very good job at being amicable but the children... my god these two kids are the most annoying poorly devised children you've ever seen. They are what baby-boomers must think Millennials must speak like. The dialogue that is regurgitated out of their mouths, makes one gag at the very thought that someone put pen to paper and devised this film. Every second on screen is an agonizing display of ineptitude, that makes you weep for the future generations of young actors. I never once felt like they were a family, nobody showed any genuine affection or love towards each other, and every scene is a lost opportunity to make a genuine film.

The most effort they put into it was with the monster, which sadly remains elusive throughout the film until the very ending. It almost makes it worthwhile until the screen lingers just a little too long and you can see the seems that connect the cowl to the rest of the body.

Nothing makes up for the clumsy acting and direction of this film, and you shouldn't bother.

3/10


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