Barbarian

In town for a job interview, a young woman arrives at her Airbnb late at night only to find that it has been mistakenly double-booked and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to stay the night anyway, but soon discovers that there is much more to be afraid of in the house than the other guest.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Richard Brake, Jaymes Butler, Sophie Sörensen, Matthew Patrick Davis, Kalina Stancheva, J.R. Esposito, Trevor Van Uden, Kurt Braunohler, Rachel Fowler, Kate Nichols, Kate Bosworth, Brooke Dillman, Sara Paxton, Will Greenberg, Derek Morse, Zach Cregger, Devina Vassileva, Julian Stanishkov
  • Director: Zach Cregger
 Comments
  • chrismwolfe - 13 January 2023
    Maybe not what's expected but entertaining
    I quite liked this one. I can already tell that people are going to hate on it because it doesn't quite adhere to your classic horror format that people will probably be expecting.

    While it is full of tension and some legit creepiness, it also doesn't take itself too seriously and has a light hearted feel in moments. Let's be real, if you see Justin Long in the cast I wouldn't go into it expecting anything else. I personally thought it had a nice balance between the two. I do wish there were some more creepy elements brought into the tunnels and some more discoveries within. I thought it looked really nice with some cool shots and the acting was solid across the board as well.

    If you're looking for a semi spooky movie with an underlying air of light heartedness with an intriguing plot that keeps you engaged, I would recommend.
  • exagorazo - 12 January 2023
    Very unsatisfying.
    I went into this one with high expectations from other reviews and hype from around the internet. Unfortunately it was all wind.

    The first half of the movie is compelling and atmospheric. The chemistry between the two main characters of this half was top notch, and Skarsgard was believable and just a little creepy.

    However, the second half empties all the tension and atmosphere of the first. It's almost as though the writing and directing team left the room and gave it over to a bloke who walked in from the street.

    Massively. Disappointing.

    Spoilers - in the final act, was I really supposed to believe that 1. AJ heaved Tess over the edge of the water tower one handed?

    2. She fell so slowly that the Mother could catch up and position herself between the ground and Tess?

    3. That both Tess and the Mother were **completely uninjured** by the fall?!?
  • agnethemus - 12 January 2023
    Definitely worth a watch
    I've heard a lot of mixed opinions before watching this - either loving it or hating it. Went in with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised.

    It kinda remind me of Cabin in the Woods. First time watching it I thought the first half was good and the second half was bonkers. Leaving me with the feeling of 'wtf did I just watch'. I kinda felt the same watching Babarian. But the second time watching it, I actually really really liked it. Not that i didn't the first time. It has a lot of great elements and the story is interesting. Unless you hate it I would recommend watching it a second time.

    The acting was great! It's not very scary, but definitely worth a watch.
  • anthonyjlangford - 11 January 2023
    Fresh and inventive
    The old horror tropes.

    Let's face it. If characters did exactly what everyone else would do, they wouldn't get themselves into situations that people end up in, in horror films and there'd be no suspense.

    That said, there is genuine effort here, for the most part, of characters trying to make the right decisions, but for reasons that are less realistic, they're not having any luck. Getting hold of people. Getting help from police etc.

    There is genuine atmosphere though and a very definitive act structure. I love the way it goes from Act 1 to Act 2. And I like the flashback though at first, it wasn't clear that's what it was. All very well done. Classy in fact. It all comes together in a neat fashion that isn't evident as we're progressing through. That's rare these days. (Or any days when it comes to horror).

    It's a little over the top but what horror film isn't? Few and far between.

    Anything today that isn't a sequel, spin-off, homage, ie ripoff, deserves our attention and respect. And the fact that it was all done on such a small budget is quite remarkable. I loved the sets. The houses and the location work (Bulgaria).

    The only setback for me is what's become, sadly, the cliché of characterization. It's evident in almost every film and series now. Even commercials. (Previous attempts at a deeper analysis resulted in rejection. You know the drill).

    What was interesting, speaking of modern clichés, is to see how quickly and easily an accusation can destroy someone completely. In this case, he was obviously guilty, but what if the person was innocent and it was merely to get someone out of the way and garner sympathy and gain as we saw with Johnny Depp? That to me was the real life horror story right there.

    All in all a great atmosphere and really well directed. It was refreshing and very enjoyable.
  • yogeshevolution - 11 January 2023
    As weird as it gets
    A good horror movie keeping you engaged though the concept feels like something already seen and we keep on predicting what's going to happen and still it amuses with it's chilling and terrifying environment. The story gets disturbing as it progress and horrors of person seem to be more horrifying than the real one. Still had a lot potential but fails to attain that stage of horror giving you feel of inadequacy at the end . A one time sure watch for horror fan . Horror genre is so vast still to attempt something different is really amazing which this movie tries and succeed to some extent. Horror fans can give it a sure try.
  • sounds-beats - 11 January 2023
    What a shame
    The first 30-40 minutes are very interesting, and set up what I had assumed to be an interesting last 60 minutes. But no, they don't.

    The last half of the movie takes all the energy and build up away from the movie, leaving us with a stupid and disengaging last 40 minutes.

    After the good start, we are ultimately left with a couple of newer characters we don't care about and 1 character who should have driven away after her interview.

    The back story of the whole weirdness is rushed into a 5 minute flashback, and even then it's not weird enough to really warrant sticking it out for the last 40 minutes.

    I gave it a 6 because it showed promise at the start, but I don't recommend this movie.
  • Leofwine_draca - 11 January 2023
    A film of two halves
    BARBARIAN was a film of two halves for me, with a really good and tension-filled first half which keeps you guessing throughout. It goes for the low-key Blumhouse approach and elicits a couple of fine understated performances from Campbell and Skarsgard to strong effect. The Detroit setting is extremely well evoked and some of the subterranean sequences are wonderfully creepy, so that's all for the good. Unfortunately there's a tonal shift halfway through when things get more explicit and rather juvenile at times. We don't need gross-out bits in films like this, even if I did appreciate the overall subtext about male behaviour. Maybe some female involvement behind the camera would have worked better.
  • PsychoBeard666 - 11 January 2023
    5 out of 10 because the first 50% of the movie is good
    About halfway through I genuinely thought "Oh, it's a horror comedy. Silly me!", but turns out I wasn't supposed to be laughing.

    I mirror what so many others have said: how is the rating for this so high?

    The first half of the movie is brilliantly paced with good acting and sets up what could have been an excellent horror movie.

    By the end we find there's no resolution to things that have been set up and the plot is exposed as having more holes than Swiss cheese!

    The characters' decisions aren't believable and the antagonist is laughable.

    There's no suspense as everything is telegraphed way ahead of time.

    Watch the first half then once it reaches a certain point (you'll know which one), turn it off and write your own ending.
  • hrekkjavaka - 11 January 2023
    Starts out well
    The film starts out pretty intriguing, it's hard to tell where it might be going, it's genuinely quite good... And then it's just a downward spiral. After about 30 or 40 minutes it goes royally off the boil. It's almost like they changed writers half way through. What really sank it for me was the r^pe/incest and inbreeding trope. Overdone, dull and lazy writing - did they have an idea board of the some shocking/weird buzz words and just put it in a film? They had a good thing going initially and then just whacked in a bunch of absolute tripe. Is it worth watching? Not really, unless you have a couple of hours to waste your time.
  • jemmabaddock - 10 January 2023
    Bill Skarsgard is the scariest of them all.
    Okay, this movie actually scared me a bit from the get go.

    Not because there was anything jumping out, or anything gory or crazy. Simply because Bill Skarsgard is so damn good and makes you question everything going on in the movie.

    Is he the good guy? Is he terribly, awfully bad? That question stays with you up until his death .... and maybe even after that. He does a great job in this film, even if it is short lived.

    The first half of the film is so intense and keeps you guessing, that I liked it better than the second half which got a bit ridiculous in some parts. Sometimes the scary thing, isn't as scary as the unknown.

    But overall, this is a solid horror film that I think stands up with some of the best in 2022.
  • Javaldinho - 10 January 2023
    Great beginning, clever misdirection, crap 2nd half
    I agree with everyone's view of the first half. The second half morphs into B-movie level rubbish. A real let down.

    I love the whole concept of the story, but then towards the end, just goes into full blown ridiculousness. Some of the decisions of the characters just absolutely did not make sense. In real life, some of those decisions would never have been made.

    I love the way, the director builds up the tension, with the cinematography, the mise en scène, the music and mystery.

    Because we had the actor from "It" who played Pennywise, the whole first half made me believe there was something more to his character.
  • MrLou - 10 January 2023
    Utter tripe
    Seriously, modern horror is rubbish going by this.

    The characters are written awfully, the premise is just waffle and the antagonist is laughable. A waste of nearly 2 hours. How this won an award I don't know.

    I genuinely hoped the leads died. O mean, are people in the States that naive, shallow and nauseating? Thus resulting in film makers drawing on the intellect (or lack there of) and thought processes of those within their society? "We need to get 2 people in a house"

    "Let's have them double book an air bnb because if that happened in the real world, they'd happily share the place for one night"

    It's not even convoluted because would take actual thought. Just outright lazy.

    The scariest thing is, I'd seen high praise for this movie.
  • hannahbanana-8 - 10 January 2023
    So the cops...
    They're always stupid?

    They completely blew off Tess despite parking right in front of two clean/nice looking cars which might indicate there was someone else there and you'd think they'd check if they were stolen which would give all the info they need... right?

    But idk, it was a good movie, was more of a drama with a twist of horror. It would have been interesting to see it delve more into the backstory and see other moments with the "mother" also why did the bloke do what he did, was the director just going for a Fritzl storyline, or... what. The awkward interactions between Tess and Keith could have been cut a little shorter and we could have had more interactions with the "mother" at least, I think.
  • luismagmoreno - 9 January 2023
    If there is something to be afraid of right now, it is the price of housing
    Horror movies can be enjoyed in several ways, from the scream, the gore, and the psychological pressure. For years, unexpected twists and gimmicky soundtracks have been a trend in horror, but Barbarian is not guilty of that. From an original premise, realistic and with a powerful denunciation of the impoverishment of the city, Detroit could be a wonderful short horror film, and then opens a subplot that rides a delicate line between building and erasing. My feeling after watching the film is good, shot very A24 style but leaves me with the feeling that with that wonderful opening, something more could have been done. There are ingredients in the script that, in my opinion, would have made the terror of how we let our cities die to shine much brighter because if there is something to be afraid of right now, it is the price of housing.