Film Review: The Barn (2012)

The Barn

The Barn is a short indie horror film directed by Corey Norman, and written by Tyler Wood and Rebecca Johnson.

From the synopsis: A small town is rocked by a supernatural force that has been claiming lives for the past twenty years. Bobby senses something unsettling about the old barn he passes every day that is home to Skip, the town recluse. When he enters the barn one 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 coming of age story, THE BARN chronicles a young boy uncovering the shadow cast over the town and its inhabitants as he witnesses unexplainable phenomena. What he finds is that some things – and people – aren’t always what they seem.

The Barn

"The Barn"

The Barn has a vibe reminiscent of a Stephen King novel, owing in part to the fact that it was shot in King’s stomping grounds in central Maine. But more than that, it possesses some of the hallmark elements of King’s best writing – the dark secrets of a small town; the cruel little universe that children inhabit, overlooked and forgotten by oblivious adults; and an unseen and malevolent force that directs the unfortunate fates of the characters like an evil puppeteer.

The Barn is well shot and satisfyingly atmospheric, and clearly directed by someone who understands the difference between plodding and suspense. I was also particularly impressed by the performances of the teen actors which rivaled or surpassed that of some of the adults.

The film does have its shortcomings. I’ve reviewed a lot of indie films, and I don’t say this very often, but The Barn is a movie that could have definitely benefited from being longer. The scope of the story being told was undermined by the 30 minute running time, and it relied too heavily on flashbacks to fill in the backstory. I’d have also liked to have gotten a better feel for some of the characters, particularly Bobby Stevens (played by Erik Brobst) a quiet teen loner, and Jake (Peter Campbell) a town bully, both of whom come face to face with the evil happenings in their hometown.

Overall, The Barn is worth checking out if you get the chance. You can find out more at the official movie website (http://www.whatisthebarn.com), and be sure to watch the trailer below.

Rating: 2.75/5 ★★¾☆☆ 

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Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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