Barbarian is one of the more unique horror movie experiences in that it’s nearly impossible to discuss without ruining that same experience (good or bad) for the viewer. The tagline is simple enough, “A woman staying at an AirBnB discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems;” what can be said about it without any risk of spoilers is that writer/director Zach Cregger takes that starting point and makes an ambitious swing for horror-movie greatness with his debut feature.
And, depending on crowd reactions to the many twists and turns this film takes (literally and figuratively) before the end, Cregger may have achieved something that will leave a mark on the horror genre.
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What Did Georgina Campbell Say About Her Character in ‘Barbarian’
“Lots of people are caught on my character and the decisions she makes,” Campbell said of early fan reactions to the movie. “That she seems intelligent, but also is making decisions that seem confusing. But at the same time it’s a horror.
She has to make those decisions, otherwise where’s the film going to go? Half the fun for the audience is in the fact that you know that this is a bad route to go down.”
What Does The Storyline Say
The storyline is simple enough, “A woman staying at an AirBnB discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems;”.
The Director of The Movie
Written and directed by Zach Cregger, best known as a member of the comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U Know, “Barbarian” bounces gleefully between absurdly self-aware and legitimately chilling horror. The movie opens with Tess arriving at a short-term rental in Detroit only to discover a strange man (Bill Skarsgård) already staying there. As she weighs whether or not she can trust him, the house slowly reveals secrets of its own.
What Does ‘ Barbarian’ Holds For Its Fans
Like Tess, the audience of Barbarian is left guessing where the real terror lies. Every time Tess opens a secret door or descends a dark hallway, one senses Clegger crafting an elaborate prank. But as each shocking reveal pumps up the insanity, it’s clear he’s not messing around. Or is he?
“It has so many twists and turns, and it was exactly the same when you read it,” Campbell said. “It was just such a bizarre script and it kept getting stranger and stranger and stranger, and also funny. It had a very weird tone that, once I figured out that was the tone of it, I was just really into it.”