Darren Lynn Bousman made his entry into horror fame with several entries in the Saw series (Saw IIIV) and then went on to direct films such as the feature version of Repo! The Genetic Opera, the remake of Mother’s Day, and 11-11-11. Now he has taken on a classic bit of weird American lore: the story of the Jersey Devil, supposedly a Satanic beast, or even the personification of the Devil, that roams New Jersey.

In The Barrens, a family comprised of dad Stephen Moyer (True Blood), mom Mia Kirshner (The Vampire Diaries), and kids Allie MacDonald and Peter DaCunha, heads into the woods for a camping trip. They run across Erik Knudsen (Scream 4), but this wouldn’t be much of a horror film if they didn’t also run across the Jersey Devil, or something very much like it. Or is Moyer having a serious breakdown? Check out the trailer below. Read More »

One of the weirder American monster legends is that which concerns the Jersey Devil, which originates in the 18th century, but became one of the breakout American pop-culture monsters thanks to reported sightings in the early 1900s.

Now Stephen Moyer from True Blood will star in a new film exploiting the legend: The Barrens. He’ll play a family man who, while on a camping trip in the New Jersey Pine Barrents, “becomes convinced [he and his family are] being stalked by the legendary winged monster that looks like a deformed hybrid of several different animals.” Darren Lynn Bousman wrote and will direct; the film shoots later this month in Toronto (what, not in Jersey? boo!) and will be released next fall by Anchor Bay. [Variety]

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