© 1994, TackyWorld Films
Barn Runner: The Motion Picture was filmed in 1994 on location in rural Kentucky, which is an even cheaper place to film than Vancouver, Canada as it turns out. Shot on a shoestring budget and with a minimal script, this “no frills” short film was only the second movie that TackyWorld Films had ever produced (they would go on to film a dozen more shorts and full-length amateur movies). Scott Smith starred as Prick Peckard, the Barn Runner and also provided the voice-over narration. S. Micheal LeGere filled the role of the runaway robot that Detective Peckard is tasked with finding.
The world of the movie differs in many ways from that of the game. For starters, the Big Oops never occurred in the movie and while the Blue Grass Containment Zone exists, it is an easy drive (or walk) from ‘The City”, a location that is never defined. Also, at the time it was simply referred to as "Old Kentucky" since the term "Blue Grass Containment Zone" wasn't coined until the prequel-esque Escape From Kentucky was filmed years later. It was during that time that the back story of the Tobacco Wars explained exactly why "Old Kentucky" was off-limits. Barn Runner offers no such explanation, leaving it instead to the viewer's imagination. The Chief also appeared in an early draft of the script (though not in the final print of the film) as a talking head on Prick’s dashboard vid-screen (voiced by Kimber Mason). In the script, it was implied that Prick and the Chief were lovers (and possibly cousins). In the game world, of course, Prick couldn’t get that lucky.
What follows is a picture intensive re-cap of the events depicted in the movie. The screen captures were taken from the AVI version produced by Digital Dupper Studios exclusively for distribution with the first pressing of The Armageddon Éclair Compact Disc (no longer available, by the way). They are presented in Noir-O-VisionTM format (grainy black and white, basically) for your viewing pleasure.
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All contents © TackyWorld Films, 1994-2007. Barn Runner and it’s related characters and locations are TM S&S Productions, 2007. All images provided by Digital Dupper Studios. Synopsis written by Scott LeGere.