Written by Scotty
Trying to escape the pain of reality can be the hardest thing to do. Having to let your mind go, if even for a moment and pray that it gives you just a second or two of peace is something that everyone has to do to stay sane. If you have had to battle with the loss of a loved one, it is just that much more difficult to let go of reality, but if you are ever able to reach that place where you can just feel comfortable, you have won the battle.
Terrance Shade has just lost his wife and is taking care of his two children. Although he never thought he would be a good parent, he has been forced into that position and will do everything in his power not to let his kids down. Taking notes from the memory of his wife, Terrance decides to take his children up to the cabin where she had some of the greatest times of her life as a child and only wanted the same for her kids.
Calling ahead and getting the cabin all set up, Terrance feels that this will be a great opportunity for him and his kids to reconnect after the loss of their mother. He has pulled out all of the stops and has made the cabin Christmas ready for his family. Shortly after they arrive, it starts to snow and that is exactly what they wanted as they go outside and have a snowball fight. When they notice a little workshop off to the side of the property, everyone starts to come down with a nasty cough and everyone needs to retreat to the house for some rest.
Thinking he was only asleep for an hour, Terrance wakes up finding that his car is buried in a couple of feet of snow. Not being able to take his kids into town to have a doctor check them out and get rid of their oncoming sickness is very concerning to him, but he still tries to do his best. When his son sees a figure outside of the window, Terrance has to make sure that he can protect his family from whatever is outside of the cabin. But Terrance is starting to have lapses in time that he cannot account for and finds that there might be someone else in the cabin with his family. Checking out every nook and cranny around the cabin, they feel safe inside and Terrance boards up the doors and windows to keep whomever came in, out.
Barricade is the story of a struggling single father as he is still haunted by the loss of his wife. Not thinking he would ever be a good parent, Terrance tries his hardest to keep a connection with his children and remind them that he could do anything that their mother did. Although he never had a good track record, he tries his hardest and will succeed at all costs. When entering the cabin of his wife’s youth, Terrance starts to have lapses in time and during these moments, strange things happen inside and outside of the secluded structure. With his children sick and afraid of the monster, he checks the cabin to make sure that there is no intruders and then boards up every window and door to make sure his family is safe. Strange things still occur inside of the cabin and that leads him to wonder, was he too late and did he lock the monster inside with his family?
You have snow, a creepy cabin and no way of escaping. Sounds like some other stories that take place up in the mountains, but this one has its own twist. With a stranger being spotted outside of the cabin that no one can physically locate and rooms being ransacked without anyone knowing who did it, this movie plays with the mind. Not knowing what you are up against is the scariest part of this movie and still frightens me. Even though it is simple to catch on to the clues that are given to tell you how it will end, you hope that it is not the case. It is a decent little flick with a small cast and plenty of questions of what is really happening before the final bell rings. Stay Scared.