With Barbarian, horror hounds get two movies that converge into one terrifying narrative by its end.
It starts out as your conventional, creepy stranger in the house film, as a woman discovers the AirBnB she’s booked for the night is already occupied.
When Tess meets Keith, he’s already staying in a home in the Detroit slums she was certain was rented to her. The two – unable to reach the host – spend the night under the same roof.
At the same time, we’re thrown into the story of landlord AJ, undergoing a scandal that forces him to go radio silent.
Barbarian is a film that will have you screaming out loud one moment, and inexplicably laughing the next.
It’s a pitch-perfect film that grapples with some truly unsettling concepts. The performances from Georgina Campbell, IT alum Bill Skarsgard and Justin Long are uniformly fabulous.
This is a thrill-a-minute ride that goes 1,000 different directions, jerking its audience all over the place at break-neck speed.
It’s a horrifying endeavour you just won’t ever be quite ready for. Read as little about it as possible, as this will be better the less you know.