The Barn – USA, 2016

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‘On Halloween night the legend of The Barn awakens’

The Barn is a 2016 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Justin M. Seaman from a screenplay with additions by Maggi Mizell, Michael Prutzman and Mark J. Reyes.

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The Nevermore Productions movie stars Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard and Nikki Darling. Linnea Quigley and Ari Lehman have cameo roles.

The Barn features a synth score by Jason English and Rocky Gray.

Plot:

Halloween, 1989: Best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school.

However, trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside.

Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within “The Barn”: The Boogeyman, Candycorn Scarecrow and Hallowed Jack.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …while at times The Barn feels like a goosebumps episode, it goes gory very well and very often. The Barn is a modern day homage to a film like The Gate, another Amblin-esque horror that had more bite than one would expect. Look past the rough edges and newbie acting and you most likely will have a great time with this one.” Ambush Bug, Ain’t It Cool News

“There’s a certain charm to the characters and the humor, making it reminiscent of 80s classics like Night of the Comet and Night of the Creeps, but it also delivers genuine horror atmosphere, oodles of gooey gore (there’s a Halloween party massacre), some nudity, and a great score mimicking John Carpenter’s best.” Daniel Kelly, Boys, Bears & Scares

“In spite of The Barn’s relatively simple plot, it does at times buckle under the weight of it’s own self-imposed rules. The ending in particular feels a little rushed or even thrown together while filming. That being said, this occasional clunkiness doesn’t take much away from the film itself, with this being the right sort of picture to have logic gaps.” Daniel Kurland, Bloody Disgusting

“Its budget is obviously limited, but all the money is on screen. The body count is high – including a massacre at a Halloween hootenanny – and they’re all accomplished with gory practical effects. Visual effects are utilized as needed, but most of them emulate the imperfect optical gags that would have been graced the screen in the ’80s, like jolts of blue electricity.” Alex DiVincenzo, Broke Horror Fan

” …the cast does an admirable job in pulling off performances that are effectually cheesy and fitting for a movie such as this. Oh, and fans of gore? I sincerely hope you brought the biggest damn plastic pumpkin you could find to this film’s doorstep, cause it’s going to get filled to the brim with enough blood and guts to keep you fed for weeks after…” Matt Boiselle, Dread Central

“The overall stars of this are the practical effects and score. Practical effects and kill scenes pretty much make or break this type of motion picture and it more than delivers, with a trio of costumed monsters, over 30 kills, gallons of blood, and several outstanding kill sequences. The score from Rocky Gray is absolutely brilliant and it is the ultimate 1980’s horror soundtrack, blending a mostly synthesized score with a mixture of heavy metal songs.” The Movie Sleuth

“Aesthetically, The Barn does a great job capturing an 80s vibe, especially the great score from Rocky Gray […] which sounds like a cross between Dokken’s Dream Warriors and John Carpenter. Then of course there are the practical make up creations for the trio of antagonists, all of which look great, particularly considering the low budget.” Ben Bussey, Warped Perspective

Cast and characters:

  • Mitchell Musolino … Sam – Delectus of Pain
  • Will Stout … Josh
  • Lexi Dripps … Michelle
  • Cortland Woodard … Chris – The Poltergeist of Borley Forest
  • Nikki Darling … Nikki
  • Nickolaus Joshua … Russell
  • Linnea Quigley … Ms. Barnhart
  • Ari Lehman … Dr. Rock
  • Ryan Nogy … Shirley Garrett – Paracosm: The Untold Stories; Gore Orphanage
  • David Hampton … George
  • James Weldon … Mr. Daniels
  • Justin M. Seaman … Boogeyman
  • Rik Billock … Preacher – Gorgasm; FleshEaterThe Dark Half; Schism

Filming locations:

Pennsylvania, USA

Trivia:

Writer-director Seaman began planning for The Barn over a period of years and based the movie’s script on a small book he wrote when he was eight years-old.

This film should not be confused with the 2011 short of the same name or the 2018 feature film directed by Matt Beurois.

 

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