Barbarian has been one of 2022's best kept secrets. The plot was such a mystery, and the trailer was very enticing. I'm glad I was able to see it, because it is one of the best horror films of the year and a truly creepy, unsettling venture. Whenever we're staying somewhere different, like a hotel or an Airbnb, we always wonder who else has stayed there. What has happened in that room or house that we don't know about? What if it's something horrible? What if it's something that never left? Barbarian focuses on this terrifying question and brings it to life in a way nobody will be see coming. This will be a spoiler-free review, so no worries.
Tess (Campbell) arrives at her Airbnb to find a guy named Keith (Skarsgård) already there. Apparently, they were double booked. Irritated but friendly, Keith lets Tess crash in the house and they decide to figure out what happened tomorrow. The next day, Keith disappears, but Tess hears him calling from behind a hidden door in the basement. Chaos ensues, no spoilers. Next, we follow AJ (Long), an entitled, douchey actor who is about to be arrested for rape, and who goes to Detroit to liquidate his assets, including the house that Tess and Keith are staying in. AJ gets involved in the chaos, which goes in such an insane, unnerving direction thanks to horror vet Richard Brake and Matthew Patrick Davis as the unnamed monster.
Barbarian is a creative, freaky, and unforgettable future horror classic that will no doubt open countless horror doors for writer/director Zach Cregger. The performances are all fantastic, the plot is loaded with twists and turns, and to top it all off, it's actually pretty scary. Horror fans will definitely enjoy it.