Circling the film festivals as of late has been a short film called The Barn. With elements of Italian horror, digitized aging and classic piano score you will not be displeased with your viewing experience. While it may take a few minutes to get to anything juicy and the story meanders from one plot to another, it is entertain and can keep your interest. I would recommend it for late night viewing due to the pacing. Consider this a filmmakers resume. The Barn from Bonfire films has already achieved a few accolades. Let’s get down to business.
“Bobby senses something unsettling about the old barn he passes every day that is home to Skip. the town recluse. When he enters the bar on fateful day, his venture into the unknown begins to unleash secrets from the past. An unlikely hero is found in Jake, who scrambles to discover the truth behind missing children, ghosts and his hometown. A come of age story, The Barn chronicles a young boy uncovering unexplainable phenomenon. What he finds i that some things – and people – aren’t always as they seem.
As you know I always like to give the synopsis that the filmmaker or distro company is using. I don’t want to give away the goods too soon and quite often I will end up spoiling or having the perception that I have spoiled someone’s good time. Well, this was on the back of the DVD I received and I find it to be a bit repetitive. It’s like Ed Wood trying to explain to his investors what kind of movie he’s having them fork over money to produce. It’s everything to everyone in this synopsis. I’m not sure I caught how it’s a coming of age story exactly.
The quality and aging of the film are good. It was shot in Maine and it’s as bleak as I imagine Maine to be. Beautiful landscapes and shots of an older barn are haunting, dreary and unsettling. I’m a fan of grindhouse or old exploitation movies. I make love film grain and scratches, cigarette burns and even film slips. I’m glad the filmmakers opted for adding a bit of age to their production. It’s really the only thing you can do with the killer used in this picture. The only thing missing is the Rated R panther running across the screen.
Your players are pretty darn good despite no truly breakout performances. I will say that one of the cast has the characteristic Justin Bieber haircut. What you’ll find funny about that is that he’s also a violent homicidal possessed child with eyes ala The Beyond. Corey Norman gets exactly what he wants out of his cast. While we’re talking about the staff, our effects guys were clearly having some fun with the bloody, messy kills they were set to devise. We’re not talking lots of latex and practical effects, but they are competent. Tyler Wood’s score is really enjoyable.
The Barn is a dark picture about a small town. While it clearly had a lower budget and maybe suffers from that, the mood of the film is clear. I probably won’t watch it again, but I would encourage you to take a look and see if it fits in your palette. I can appreciate each scene. I wish the narrative was more concrete. It’s movies like this that make me wish I had some bad, expository dialogue to clue me in to what the Hell is going on. Sometimes you need to tell me what’s happening. Maybe I need to look for context clues. Good effort though. Keep Maine creepy.
Check out the website and the trailer: www.whatisthebarn.com
By the by, this movie came with an impressive press kit complete with some pretty darn good info on the cast, director and other professional involved with the film. Well done my friends.