The idea of The Barrens has been with me since SAW II. I have always been fascinated with the legend and lore of the Jersey Devil. What interested me was making a story about a man’s descent into madness IN THE PRESENCE OF a monster. Not a monster movie that also featured a man’s descent into madness. I was fascinated by writing and directing a thriller where horror was the B story line, and the family’s disfunction was the A story line.
The movie was shot in Super 16mm. I wanted the film to not look glossy and pretty like so many other horror films as of late.
In some respects this was the most challenging movie I have filmed. It was shot in less than 20 days, completely on location in Toronto, Canada. It was the first time in my career where I was at the mercy of the elements. We lost three complete days to rain and other weather restrictions.
It’s known as the Jersey Devil, the winged beast spawned 400 years ago by Satan himself. Some say it still inhabits the dense pine forests of southern New Jersey, where Richard Vineyard (Stephen Moyer of TRUE BLOOD) takes his family for a rustic weekend camping trip. But the place is nothing like Richard’s childhood memories of “roughing it.” As the Vineyard family ventures further into the woods, Richard teeters on the edge of sanity. And it seems the blood-crazed demon called the Jersey Devil may no longer be just a myth.