I’ve been reading peoples comments on the web recently wondering: Why is The Barrens only being released at two theatres? People sharing in their disappointment of once again not seeing Steve on the big screen. Well, maybe we can answer that for you by sharing some musings from Darren Lynn Bousman’s blog. But first, let’s read what Mr. Bousman has to say about Steve.
Excerpts from Perception is KING:
I can’t say enough good things about my cast: Mia Kirshner, Allie McDonald, Peter DaCunha all amazing. But I had an ace up my sleeve, I had Moyer. Stephen FUCKING Moyer turns out a fucking chill-inducing performance… In a lot of respects the entire movie rests on his shoulders… And he kills it; he makes this movie his bitch.
And now to answer THE question:
I remember getting the phone call that the movie would only be released on a handful of screens and then it was doing VOD/DVD/ STREAMING.
This was a punch in the gut. But a feeling I was getting all too used to. Dear Baby Jesus, what do I tell my cast? What do I tell Moyer?
For something like Barrens, if a full theatrical release was planned, it would cost upwards of 10 even 20 million dollars to make an impact…
In the scheme of movie making, 10 million dollars does not seem like a lot. But you have to add that 10 to 15 million to the budget. It increases everyone’s risk… The Investors, the Producers, the Studio… Suddenly this little movie has to make back 15 to 20 million dollars JUST to break even…
Whereas if it goes straight to VOD/DVD it doesn’t have to sit behind the P and A spend. So the movie begins making money for everyone almost instantly…
I fucking hate it, but I get it… It’s a business… These movies aren’t made to make art, they are made to make MONEY. The greats, however, can accomplish both.