The Barge People – UK, 2018 – reviews

‘You may not have fur or feathers… but you are still part of the food chain!’

The Barge People is a 2018 British horror feature film directed by Charlie Steeds (Winterskin; The House of Violent Desire; Cannibal Farm) from a screenplay by Christopher Lombard. The Dark Temple Motion Pictures production stars Kate Davies-Speak, Mark McKirdy, and Makenna Guyler.


Set on the canals in the British countryside, two sisters and their boyfriends head off for a relaxing weekend away on a barge, unaware of the flesh-eating fish mutants lurking in the water, ready and waiting to feed…


“Between the underused setting, the monsters’ overcooked backstories, and Jade’s over-the-top character, it seems that The Barge People’s greatest weaknesses may be not knowing when to stop and not making the most of its best ideas. There is fun to be had here, but Steeds’ third feature is less than the sum of its parts.” Sean McGeady, Daily Dead

“Part stalk-and-slash, part creature feature, The Barge People is never dull and I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. It looks fantastic, the script and direction are strong, the cast is great and the scares come thick-and-fast. What more could you want from a horror movie?” Pip Ellwood-Hughes, Entertainment Focus

” already know where The Barge People is going in the first few minutes. It’s a shame as the film does have a compelling tone, nothing is super serious and nothing is super silly either. The design work on the Barge People themselves is creative and well done, but it’s just a little too hard to get past all the cliches.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

” …the writing is ultimately too on-the-nose, the last act plot twists predictable and overdone. None of this detracts from what Steeds, Lombard, Lloyd and composer Sam Benjafield have achieved with The Barge People. This is a throwback to ’70s and ’80s hillbilly horror with a modern British twist, packed with ridiculous gore and the best mutant cannibals since The Descent.” Joel Harley, Horror DNA

” …it has a distinctively British nastiness – even if it takes the form of a typically British misery weekend holiday trip rather than the faster-paced endurance tests of similar American horrors.  Its 1980s-style score (Sam Benjafield, main theme by S.T.R.S.G.N. and Europaweite Aussichten) and ichthyoid monster masks are above average for this budget level.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“The Barge People is certainly going to be a genre crowd-pleaser as it ticks all the boxes: cool monsters, plenty of blood and gore, and a familiar story of man versus monster(s). It might not be as successful, for me, as Escape From Cannibal Farm but it still means that – in terms of the films I’ve seen – director Charlie Steeds is three for three for me…” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

” …the practical special effects are so impressive that any casual viewer would easily presume that The Barge People was a large studio production. The Barge People is a highly entertaining and satisfyingly gory horror film that features top-notch performances by some of the most talented rising British talent including Kate Davies-Speak and puts a lot of big studio films to shame.” James Perkins, Starburst

Main cast:

  • Kate Davies-Speak – Dead Air; Dead Love; The House of Violent Desire; Knights of the Damned; Escape from Cannibal Farm; Apparition of Evil
  • Mark McKirdy
  • Makenna Guyler – Blood BagsCoulrophobia
  • Natalie Martins – Kill or be KilledPoltergeist Activity
  • Matt Swales
  • Kane Surry
  • Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Tim Cartwright
  • Carl Andersson – The House of Violent Desire
  • Barrington De La Roche – The Vicarage; WinterskinThe House of Violent DesireEscape from Cannibal Farm
  • David Lenik
  • Sam Lane
  • Harrison Nash


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The House of Violent Desire – UK, 2018

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