Barbarian Review

In a world full of monsters, barbarian calls them all out to play..

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Barbarian hits North American theaters on Friday, Sept. 9. It will become available on HBO Max on Oct. 25.

Zach Cregger's Barbarian exists to be abrasive and uncomfortable. It wants to eviscerate audience boundaries and bathe in their mortified gasps. Cregger architects raucously horrific sequences that embrace exploitation and introduce detestable characters to serve over-the-top just desserts. Barbarian can feel like two different movies stitched together with Leatherface's craftsmanship — one an accomplished thriller with shocks abound, the other a clumsier approach to Hollywood cancel culture — but at the end of the massacre, it's a savage commentary that properly incinerates comfort zones.

At the onset, Barbarian addresses modern companies like Airbnb and Uber that depend wholly on blind trust between users and either renters or drivers. Tess (Georgina Campbell) and Keith (Bill Skarsgård) are individuals who've had the same rental double-booked outside Detroit in a dilapidated, impoverished neighborhood. Without options, Tess and Keith share the night as Tess rightfully approaches the situation with buckets of apprehension — despite Keith's assurances that he's another good guy. The established gendered tension is authentic as Keith attempts hospitable gestures like inviting Tess inside or pouring her tea. Cinematography conversely accentuates Keith's looming outline in doorways or Tess locking every door whenever in a new room. It's only the beginning of Tess' nightmare after discovering a secret door, hidden bedrooms, and a tunnel system beneath the home.

At its best, Barbarian uses quaint suburban dressings to hide an otherwise abhorrent underbelly from whence thunderous horror entertainment slithers. Cregger's screenplay is rather brazen in pacing and throttles forward with awe-striking surprises that you don't see that often in today's horror releases. A meaner-than-Myers streak propels the evolution of Cregger's story and keeps us enthralled because of how abruptly chaos descends or how swiftly the narrative pivots. Barbarian convinces us that anything can — and will — happen, which serves its genre accents magnificently as everything from kidnapper traumas to creature-feature craziness (shout out to The Hills Have Eyes) morph tones by the minute.

Then Justin Long's television director "AJ" is introduced, and searing commentaries presume violent punishments are a fair trade for divisive thematic introductions of "he said, she said" politics.

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Appropriately, Barbarian advocates for nothing in AJ's personality nor does it demand you sympathize with pitiful protagonists. Cregger doesn't make a spiritual Dashcam successor that's all bad-faith bluster. It's hard to articulate peak and valley criticisms because anything beyond trailer reveals shouldn't be spoiled. AJ's there for us to hate, and we do — vehemently — since storytelling beats revel in his misogyny and despicableness with a heavy-handedness that can become an overt distraction. Barbarian has nothing new to say about #MeToo movements and believing women, yet it also unleashes repugnant catharsis unto Weinstein and Ratner idolizers. Cregger fearlessly weaponizes traumas that will undoubtedly drive away audiences who won't want to stomach such spotlights. Still, Barbarian isn't here to grant passes or shoehorn taboos without fulfilling bloodthirsty judgment — there are risks with writing a movie like Barbarian, which seemingly doesn't bother Cregger.

So wages a psychotic battle for survival that splices multiple horror subgenres, from serial killer thrillers to beastly cave-dwelling escapes. There's a scumminess and repulsive sleaze as Tess encounters unbelievable terrors that recall everything from [REC] to The Descent , as Barbarian keeps daring you to let your guard collapse. It's the kind of horror that spits on the audiences, rubs our faces through toxic muck, and rolls the credits with no apology — which is morbidly refreshing? Apologies for the phrasing, but Barbarian is the most royally f@*ked up horror flick in some time and revels in its grotesque presentations. The danger feels electric, and the effects from deformed creature costumes to mutilated bodies transport us back to 2000s titles about hulking evils, violent demises, and all the ickiest feelings.

Along the way, Cregger's screenplay does take swings that favor unpredictability over structural stability. Tess' anxiety-riddled introductory segment about Keith's suspicious nice guy routine is just that, an opening that's smash-interrupted by AJ's takeover in the following act. Storytelling jumps time passages forward and backward, focusing on characters in diverse periods that chronicle a Detroit suburb's whitewashed beginnings to ramshackle and impoverished becomings. Some might say Barbarian incites without insight by the way AJ handles his "unfair" situation, while others will struggle with Cregger's bounce-about execution that's like a rollercoaster with no safety bar. It's all valid, but that's also why others will adore the renegade and full-throttle nature of Barbarian — the thrill of holding on for dear life.

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Barbarian is barbaric, comedically brutal, and the antithesis of contemporary horror trends. Some will despise exactly that, but it’s the risk of challenging viewers to reach or surpass their boundaries in one sitting. Zach Cregger embraces extremism in horror cinema that is a sensory overload of hyper frights, grindhouse lawlessness, and the ugliest characterization of society this side of 2022. It's not always sublimely successful and doesn't waste time on subtlety in a way that's a bit too much, but as a horror fan, my chin had to be peeled from the floor multiple times. Fire this one with a crowd and howl the night away — Barbarian comes out swinging and never stops.

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“Barbarian,” a gleefully twisty horror movie by the writer-director Zach Cregger, is both a product of modern times and something of a throwback.

Tess (Georgina Campbell) and Keith (Bill Skarsgard) meet-cute when they turn out to be the victims of a double booking scam, deciding, against the smitten Tess’s better instincts, to share the rental. The house, decked out in furniture straight out of West Elm, would seem innocuous enough, but it’s also located in the middle of an abandoned, post-apocalyptic-looking Detroit neighborhood whose only apparent inhabitant is an unhinged homeless man who terrorizes the streets.

As expected from this kind of haunted-house thriller, the doors seem to open and close on their own, leading Tess to the one place any horror buff will know means trouble: the basement, where hidden passageways multiply and abominable crimes make themselves known.

Cregger sets up dozens of clichés and pulls them in genuinely surprising directions, brandishing his touchstones: American horror films of the 80s and 90s in the vein of Wes Craven. The scares are tempered by a comic punching bag courtesy of Justin Long as a sleazy Hollywood director who pays a visit to his Detroit property after sexual assault charges drain his bank account.

Cregger isn’t as concerned with making bold political points as he is with orchestrating a snappy spectacle that goes a mile a minute. #MeToo, gentrification, the brutal underbelly of the Reagan era — all these elements fit like puzzle pieces into a broader nightmare that lets the context speak for itself. “Barbarian” is all the more creepy — and fun — because of it.

Barbarian Rated R for nudity, bloodshed and suggestion of rape. Running time: 1 hour 42 minutes. In theaters.

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Barbarian capitalizes on the thing viewers love and hate most: the unknown.

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This story contains major spoilers for Barbarian .

On the opening day of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival , one film was on everybody’s lips. As I ran into other critics around town, they kept asking, “Have you seen Barbarian yet? You’ve gotta.” That kind of chatter is typical at a festival, but the only wrinkle was that Barbarian wasn’t even playing at TIFF. It was just a small-budget horror film that had been plunked into theaters in early September, a so-called dead zone for new releases. The title is cryptic, and the trailer mostly avoids imagery from anything past the first act. Despite these hurdles, the movie became a word-of-mouth hit .

Now that it has started streaming on HBO Max, I’ve received a second wave of messages from friends who are discovering it and are floored, baffled, or simply want to compare notes. Small-scale films, unattached to any preexisting intellectual property, face significant challenges to gaining a foothold with the viewing public, so Barbarian ’s success is rare and heartening. It also speaks to a wryly intelligent selling point: The film’s story, much like its marketing, capitalizes on the simultaneous terror and appeal of the unknown.

Zach Cregger, the writer and director of Barbarian , has wittily described it as “Fincher upstairs, Raimi downstairs.” The first half is taut, high-concept storytelling that gives the audience no room to relax; the back half is a loopy, makeup-heavy monster movie. The film begins with Tess Marshall (played by Georgina Campbell) arriving one night at a Detroit Airbnb, only to find it has been double-booked: A mystery man named Keith (Bill Skarsgård) is already inside. Caught in a rainstorm and anxious about a job interview she has the next morning, Tess decides to share the space. She keeps her guard up against Keith and notes several red flags in the house. Every detail is loaded with tension, including the glass of wine Keith offers her and the fact that he talks in his sleep (although he graciously insists on taking the couch and leaving her the bedroom).

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Cregger mines her paranoia, the unsettling feeling that something is not right even as no actual threat presents itself. Get out of there , I wanted to urge Tess during the first 30 minutes, but I also understood the predicament she was in—she doesn’t want to appear rude to Keith or dash her chances at making it to the job interview. Her decision to stay is perfectly plausible. David Fincher sets one of the highest bars for depicting creeping dread; Barbarian doesn’t quite clear it, but it certainly offers a master class in wringing frights from both graphic violence and the viewer’s own imagination. (If you don’t want to be spoiled, you should stop reading further … and go watch Barbarian .)

Georgina Campbell standing, with trepidation, at the door of her Airbnb in "Barbarian"

After her interview, Tess explores the Airbnb’s basement and unearths a hidden door to a dank tunnel, which leads to a distressing subterranean room with a mounted camcorder and a bloody bed. She wisely flees, but Keith goes exploring and vanishes. Out of some mix of altruism and curiosity, Tess looks for him and finds even deeper tunnels—and a monstrous creature prowling within them. Keith is every inch the nice guy he presented himself to be, but unfortunately, he gets his head smashed to bits right as the audience figures that out.

I’d already be on board with Barbarian if it stopped there: a nice anxiety number followed by gory chaos in the basement. But just as the violence ramps up, Cregger cuts away from the entire situation and introduces a new character, AJ Gilbride (Justin Long). An entitled Hollywood actor, AJ is cruising down the highway singing along to Donovan’s “Riki Tiki Tavi.” The lighthearted switch is perhaps more of a shock than Keith’s skull getting pulped by a superhuman beast. AJ immediately comes off as villainous in his own right: He’s a sitcom star who has been credibly accused of rape by another actor, and his response to the charge is deep denial, both outwardly and inwardly.

But his connection to the story isn’t clear until, looking to fund his legal defense, he decides to sell his extraneous properties—including a home in Detroit that is, of course, the very same Airbnb we’ve become well acquainted with. Cregger’s brilliance here is that this second horror narrative is a mirror image of the first. Tess and the viewer spend the first act of the film on the edge of their seat, wondering what awaits them around every corner of the little house. AJ barges into the same situation with complete obliviousness, eagerly measuring square footage while ignoring all warning signs, such as the empty glasses Keith and Tess left out. Essentially, this horror movie gets to have it both ways: It offers an unselfish hero (Tess) whom audiences can support, and a wincing buffoon whose inevitable comeuppance they can root for.

Eventually, AJ finds his way into the basement, Tess reemerges, and the origins of the brute in the tunnels are revealed. Barbarian laces each narrative loop with sharp social commentary. Tess’s most reckless decisions are made with the goal of helping someone; she’s not stupid, merely noble, which infuses her arc with a sad vulnerability. Although the monster is the biggest physical threat in the film, AJ represents a vile, cowardly rot—the kind Cregger has likely noticed in powerful men in his industry.

The film never underlines who the titular barbarian is, but part of the fun is deciding for yourself where to pin that label. Plenty of horror movies are roller-coaster rides that drop us off after 90 minutes with little else beyond the message “Monsters are scary.” Barbarian serves up all the requisite thrills with panache, but it also provokes deeper, longer-lasting reflections. That balance is why the film has continued spreading so organically months after its release, and why it’ll keep tempting viewers down to the basement for years to come.

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Barbarian Reviews

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Barbarian is a flick that shines with potential and still manages to stand as a worthy watch for any fan of the horror genre.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Sep 25, 2023

movie review barbarian 2022

With Barbarian Cregger clearly knows what he’s doing with a horror film. He’s absolutely aware of the tropes and pulls the audience in, tricks them, pulls them in again, and comes up with bizarre and visceral horror.

Full Review | Sep 6, 2023

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Zach Cregger's unique storytelling in the horror film will leave any viewer baffled, transforming a generic premise into a truly captivating, suspenseful, thematically rich story where the definition of a "good person" is brilliantly explored.

Full Review | Original Score: B+ | Jul 25, 2023

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A twisted, sadistic, hilarious, bonkers & down right insane movie

Full Review | Jul 25, 2023

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With stellar performances, a unique premise, a boatload of scares and horror visuals that'll be engraved into your brain for life, it's one of the best horror flicks to release this year.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Jul 24, 2023

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Horror movies are often undone with a PG-13 rating, so it can find a larger audience. For that reason alone, the R-rated "Barbarian" is something to relish.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Jul 16, 2023

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One of 2022's 20 best films.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Mar 13, 2023

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If you like intense, incredible stressful horror films, this is right up your ally.

Full Review | Feb 12, 2023

movie review barbarian 2022

I haven’t had this much fun watching a horror movie in years.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Jan 6, 2023

movie review barbarian 2022

Barbarian has the framings of the perfect first time horror film. Has some of the creepiest setups and executions of horror this year. This is bloody, disturbing, trippy, but at times feels very unbelievable & characters make questionable decisions during

Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10 | Jan 1, 2023

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Zach Cregger’s Sam Raimi-esque film is best watched knowing nothing about it, but rest assured it will deliver on frights, laughs, and utterly brazen entertainment.

Full Review | Dec 27, 2022

Like that X-Files episode “Home,” glazed in intergenerational and gendered dread, where women are feared instead of adored.

Full Review | Dec 23, 2022

movie review barbarian 2022

…the solution isn’t wildly imaginative, but getting there is all the fun, and if you can handle the adult themes, Barbarian should knock the stuffing out of you…

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Dec 20, 2022

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The less you know about Barbarian going in the better, but know that it gives new meaning to the phrase bargain-basement.

Full Review | Original Score: B+ | Dec 10, 2022

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Doesn't quite stick the landing, but Barbarian's plot twists and turns make for one of the more surprising horror offerings of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Dec 6, 2022

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I was hoping for something fresh rather than freshly disturbing, but I can't argue I wasn't entertained. The formula brings nothing new to the table, but the packaging does enough to make you think it has.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10 | Dec 2, 2022

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Like the best horrors, it's 'about' stuff -- gentrification, abuse, toxic masculinity, taking responsibility. There's also plenty of jump scares.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Nov 30, 2022

Still, even if a few ideas and characters could be fleshed out more, Barbarian is brutal, insane, unrelenting horror film that feels offbeat and wholly original.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10 | Nov 30, 2022

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A hilarious and enervating offer that replicates and rebuilds extremely familiar resources with enough intelligence to shape one of the great horror films of 2022.

Full Review | Nov 16, 2022

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Barbarian is a bold, bonkers but ultimately frustrating horror. Where it is an unbridled success however is as an advert for never booking an Airbnb ever again!

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Nov 13, 2022

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The horror movie Barbarian is best approached by an audience that knows as little as possible about it. The film’s trailer encourages this to a degree that may turn some viewers off: It divulges little beyond the film’s initial setup. Even in our spoiler-phobic times, keeping secrets makes sense for a horror movie — it’s simply scarier if viewers don’t know what’s coming. But the true test of a well-constructed movie comes when there are no surprises left. At the end of its 102-minute run time, with its secrets laid bare, Barbarian still has so much to offer. And part of that is something for viewers to be scared of beyond its initial ominous portrait of the quiet terror that can lurk inside a house when two strangers are forced together on a dark and stormy night.

Written and directed by Zach Cregger (formerly of the sketch comedy group The Whitest Kids U’ Know), Barbarian starts off simple enough. Tess Marshall (Georgina Campbell) arrives at an Airbnb in the outskirts of Detroit, where she discovers it’s been double-booked and that a man named Keith (Bill Skarsgård) is already staying there. Stuck in a storm with no other options readily available and an important job interview in the morning, Tess makes the risky decision to stay the night.

[ Ed note: While this review preserves most of the movie’s surprises, some minor setup spoilers follow .]

Tess is a great modern horror-movie protagonist — doe-eyed but not naive, a guarded but kind young woman who just wants to land a good job and go back to wherever she’s from. Her bad decisions — the kind every horror protagonist has to make, from staying in the house to exploring its depths — mostly stem from her kindness and wanting to believe the best about others.

Keith peeking out of an open door in the horror movie Barbarian

Keith, to his credit, is aware of how all this looks. He’s savvy enough to know that Tess has no reason to trust him, and every reason to expect the worst. And he tries to ameliorate that awareness by going out of his way to make sure she’s as comfortable as she can be. There’s nothing he can really do, though; the weight and history of too many women threatened by too many men hangs heavy in a situation like this, and casts a shadow over Barbarian as a whole. Even as Keith continually attempts to put Tess at ease, she — and the audience — can never really trust him. (Even if Skarsgård sans makeup isn’t recognizable as the man who played Pennywise in the recent It movies , the unsettling energy is still there, and put to good use.)

This is where Barbarian begins: as a suspenseful tale about two strangers forced to ride out a storm together, told from the perspective of a woman who must constantly worry whether the man she’s sharing a house with is dangerous. Even with the modern Airbnb spin, this is classic horror-movie stuff, enough to support a quick-and-dirty exploitation film. But Cregger merely uses the premise as a foundation for something more ambitious, delivering a lean, surprising film with effective thrills, while also giving viewers plenty to contemplate afterward.

No filmmaker makes any decision lightly, but every creative choice made in Barbarian is astoundingly well-calibrated in a way that rewards close watching, while also not detracting from a more casual, thrill-seeking experience. From its Detroit setting — initially arbitrary, but eventually given reasons beyond aesthetic decay — to the sharing-economy snafu that gives the film its initial premise, there’s a methodical execution of setup and subversion that’s just subtle enough to shift away from what viewers might expect. Still, it’s never so dramatic that Barbarian ends in a wildly different place from where it began.

Tess stands atop a staircase leading to a dark basement in the horror movie Barbarian.

That’s the film’s greatest strength: For all its twists and turns, Barbarian is more a movie about recontextualizing what’s on screen than about big reveals. Its script never calls attention to that dynamic, but it is constantly toying with viewer sympathies. It quietly poses questions, goading the audience into defending their assumptions at every turn. Is Tess in danger from Keith? Are they both in danger from the house? If they are, whose fault is that? Does it matter whether you think they’re good people? Is your gendered view of the world warping your perception?

Barbarian ’s visual simplicity gives the mind freedom to wander. The Airbnb home Tess and Keith are in is dingy and dimly lit. With a little grace and imagination, the house doesn’t even look that bad — but why would anyone watching a horror film be that gracious? Especially when presented with the familiar iconography it hides, from a seemingly endless dark tunnel to a rooms that looks like something horrible happened there.

These are familiar images, and Barbarian uses them as fuel for speculation that fills the first viewing with dread, and orients further viewings around the characters. While Tess, Keith, and the few others they encounter are archetypal, they aren’t blank slates in a nondescript nightmare town. They’re characters visiting Detroit for a reason, and the history of that city — and its late-20th-century turn toward decay, as it was abandoned by a wealthy white community that could no longer mold it to their idyllic middle-class vision — is an unspoken weight on the film and its horror. Like Skarsgård and Campbell, who deftly convey quiet shifts in the energy of a scene with the smallest facial expressions, Cregger’s camera reminds viewers of Barbarian ’s setting with small, careful shifts, gesturing at the whole of a place by carefully regarding a narrow slice.

This is where Barbarian transcends its secrets. Twisty stories are hard to calibrate for; knowing a film has one or more hard left turns coming can goose expectations, which are often rooted more in what any given viewer wants, not in the storytellers’ ultimate goals. Barbarian ’s shifts, fortunately, are subtler and scarier. As the film sinks deeper into the house it begins in, its best trick is one of the oldest in cinema. Cregger makes sure the biggest scares are in your head, and in what you might learn about where your sympathies ultimately lie.

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‘Barbarian’ turns paint-by-number horror elements into something more

Zach cregger’s twisty, clever script elevates this story about a double-booked airbnb.

“Barbarian” has a typical horror movie setup. Tess (Georgina Campbell) is in Detroit for a job interview. On a dark and stormy night, she arrives at her Airbnb, but somebody else is already there. Keith (Bill Skarsgard), who rented the house from a different service, tries to be helpful, but he’s awkward and a little creepy. He suggests they both spend the night there. If you were a young woman traveling alone, would you stay in a double-booked rental with someone whose sunken eyes make him look like Steve Buscemi’s unsettling character in “Fargo”?

But “Barbarian” does something unusual. Writer-director Zach Cregger’s script takes these various paint-by-number horror elements — a vulnerable debutante, an unfamiliar house, a hidden room — and colors outside the lines.

Cregger, who was born in Arlington, is part of the comedy troupe the Whitest Kids U’Know . But while “Barbarian” is dryly funny, his foray into fright isn’t exactly a horror comedy, and that’s a good thing.

Winding through as many twists as there are secret passages in the basement, the script is more than just clever — it’s intelligent, and its characters, for the most part, are more emotionally shaded than usual. They don’t behave the way horror victims are supposed to act; when Tess first discovers a secret passage, she doesn’t immediately enter it. “Nope!” she tells herself, though her tune changes, if only out of necessity. This is a film that respects its audience; instead of over-explaining every turn, Cregger places enough clues so you can figure it out yourself.

Cinematographer Zach Kuperstein works with Cregger to immerse us in this spooky living space. The house, which is in a rough part of Detroit (the city’s long decline and attempted resurgence are part of the plot), is the most dangerous place in the movie, and we get to know its layout, from the plain, utilitarian furnishings to the horrifying (and perhaps biologically symbolic) underground passages. It becomes so familiar that when the action calls for a change of venue, it’s unsettling since we no longer know where we are. That which scares us is exactly what draws us in — like a typical horror character, we want to see what’s in those hidden spaces.

The cast sells the film’s tangled conceit. Campbell takes what seems like a run-of-the-mill woman in distress and invests her with not just toughness but maturity. Skarsgard plays his part with the right level of ambiguity; he seems sensitive but shifty enough for us to wonder whether he’s the eponymous brute. And it would be a spoiler to explain how Justin Long’s character is dragged into this hell: On one level, he’s a mustache-twirling cartoon villain — all the better to root for his demise — but he’s given a chance to break out of his glib arrogance.

In the end, one wonders who the barbarian really is. Is it Detroit? Is it America? Is it us? Through its parade of screams, “Barbarian” asks an important question: Can we trust anyone to keep an eye out for us — parents, law enforcement — or do we need to learn to fend for ourselves?

R. At area theaters. Contains some strong violence and gore, disturbing images, strong language throughout and nudity. 102 minutes.

‘Barbarian’ explained: Unpacking all the twists and the real villain in Airbnb horror

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That one-word title looms large over “ Barbarian ,” one of the most delightfully twisted horror films of 2022, in which a woman named Tess (Georgina Campbell) stumbles into a nightmare when she finds her rental house already occupied by a stranger.

It’s a roller-coaster horror ride filled with suspense, scares, surprising laughs and some of the most delicious cinematic twists since last year’s “Malignant.”

What Tess discovers in the basement leads her into a labyrinth of unimaginable horrors — some closer than you might think. But who’s the real monster in filmmaker Zach Cregger’s Airbnb-of-horrors solo feature debut ?

Bill Skarsgard in "Barbarian."

The nice guy and the meet-cute from hell

At first, signs point to said handsome stranger, Keith (“It” star Bill Skarsgard, also an executive producer, cannily playing off his Pennywise persona), who turns up the charm to get Tess to lower her guard and spend the night, else brave the storm outside. After a few nice gestures and good conversation, she ignores her instincts and says yes — even as Cregger’s script and Skarsgard’s delivery create a sizzling ambiguity around Keith’s motivations.

“My only note to Bill [Skarsgard] was, ‘Don’t lean into creepy. Lean into nice,’” Cregger said. “The nicer you are and the more disarming and friendly and appealing and nonthreatening that you behave, the more the audience is going to be convinced that you’re bad.”

Inspired in part by security expert Gavin de Becker’s book “The Gift of Fear,” “Barbarian” conjures a minefield of misogynist red flags for its heroine to navigate even before she crosses paths with shouting local Andre (Jaymes Butler), sitcom actor AJ (Justin Long) and a violent tunnel dweller known as the Mother (played expressively by Matthew Patrick Davis).

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“[Keith] insists on bringing her luggage in, he makes her tea that she said she didn’t want, he says, ‘Pretty name,’” said Cregger. “These are not appropriate things to be doing in this situation. But he’s not aware of it, because he thinks he’s being nice.”

Is there something more sinister about Keith that Tess can’t see? Does it have anything to do with the doors that open and close in the middle of the night? The question hangs in the air as Tess makes a series of chilling discoveries in the basement, where a hidden door leads to a shadowy hallway and a secret room where very bad things have clearly occurred.

Beyond lies yet another door leading to the subterranean lair of the film’s apparent titular monster — the volatile Mother.

A woman holds a flashlight at the top of a staircase.

The mother under the stairs

“She was described as being 7 feet tall, naked, her face looking like it was the product of inbreeding, and having an impossible strength,” said Davis, the 6-foot-8-inch actor and musician behind the most surprising character in “Barbarian.” He was cast after a Zoom audition in which he stripped to his underwear and mimicked biting the head off a rat with a pickle he found in his fridge.

“ I was very aware that this could be funny in the right way or the wrong way,” Davis said of his “Barbarian” performance. “When you’re in it, you have no idea how it’s going to be perceived. You’re aware that it’s a big swing and that it is bonkers and that, you know, you’re sitting there naked in Bulgaria with boobs taped to your chest. Are people going to buy this?”

Before filming began last summer, he received advice from legendary creature performer Doug Jones , including the fine line between physical expression and nonverbal overacting and another handy pro tip: Get prescription creature contacts made, else risk biting it while chasing your co-stars through those dark tunnels.

You’re sitting there naked in Bulgaria with boobs taped to your chest. Are people going to buy this?

— “Barbarian” star Matthew Patrick Davis

But Mother’s backstory is also the film’s most tragic. To inform her emotional state, Davis studied profiles of feral children and adults, diving deep into “a dark, disturbing YouTube rabbit hole” of research. As he sat in a chair for three hours getting into prosthetics and makeup each day, he watched the videos to prepare.

“It opened me up to the reality of the lives of people that have been deeply abused, raised in cages, raised like animals, kept in the dark and never spoken to in their formative years,” he said. “It allowed me to have empathy for this character. This is not just a scary character for scariness’ sake. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that she’s a victim.”

“I think that she’s the most empathetic character in the movie. She has never had a chance,” echoes Cregger, who also credits Davis with inspiring him to write certain gestures into Mother’s well-worn maternity VHS tape, which come full circle in the film’s bittersweet final scene. “And Matthew plays it with such tenderness.”

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The sins of the father

After introducing Mother, the textbook horror movie monster we expect, Cregger challenges us throughout the film to reconsider who the actual barbarian of the story is. First seen in a Reagan-era flashback, Frank (Richard Brake, who starred recently in Amazon’s “Bingo Hell” and killed Bruce Wayne’s parents in “Batman Begins”) is her inverse — an average suburban family man on the outside and a true monster within.

Borrowing from serial killer films “Angst” (1983) and “Elephant” (both Gus Van Sant’s 2003 feature and the 1983 Alan Clark short of the same name), Cregger builds unease as the camera follows Frank to the store, where he stocks up on a suspicious grocery list, and as he stalks a young woman to her home.

It is revealed that he has kidnapped, raped and impregnated several women in the secret chambers beneath his house without repercussions for decades, and that Mother is the daughter of another of his victims, born into miserable captivity.

But it’s telling that it’s not Tess who learns Frank’s horrible truth in the film. Instead, it’s AJ (Long, playing deftly against type) whoruns from Mother to a section of the tunnels where even she dares not follow.

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Enter the Hollywood actor

Introduced cruising carefree down Pacific Coast Highway singing along to Donovan’s “Riki Tiki Tavi,” the narcissistic Hollywood star has recently stepped into his own version of a nightmare: an accusation of sexual assault that threatens to unravel his successful career.

“Because I’m an actor, and I know the world of actors very well, I was writing from an amalgam of people in my life,” Cregger said of conceiving the character of AJ. “I was trying to think of, ‘What’s this guy’s horror movie?’ Before he gets into the real horror movie — what’s the horror movie that he thinks he’s in? The collapse of your career and reputation due to your own bad behavior. This guy thinks his world is ending.”

AJ, who at first appears to be a ridiculous comedic figure, is revealed to be arguably the scariest character in the film. In Detroit to liquidate his rental home to cover his impending legal fees, he is the embodiment of male privilege and casual misogyny, his puffed-up bravado masking an inherent cowardice and refusal to take accountability for his actions. (Although not explicitly addressed in the film, Cregger says he deliberately wrote the men of “Barbarian” to be white males.)

When AJ discovers the ailing Frank and judges him by his brutal crimes, the audience is invited to wonder: Just how different is he from the monster staring back at him?

Frank, at least, seems to know he can’t escape what he’s done. AJ’s brief moment of clarity reverts to gaslighting self-preservation as he commits one final heinous act, attempting to hide his true nature behind a well-practiced nice guy veneer — a quality Long borrowed from watching men deliver empty apologies on “The Bachelorette.”

“There’s a glimmer of accountability,” said Long, “and I just love that Zach refuses to take the conventional way out.”

As for Tess, it’s her innate sense of empathy — the one that repeatedly sends her toward danger to help others, at her own peril — that helps her understand Mother before she sets them both free. “She’s someone that is used to traumatic situations and is able to understand how to survive in this situation,” said Campbell. “By the end of the film, I feel like she gets her own agency and is able to get out of the pattern she found herself in again and again and again.”

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A highly effective subset of genre cinema, “real estate” horror exerts a chillingly familiar grip on home-owners and renters alike. The creeping damp patches of Hideo Nakata’s Dark Water , the structurally unsound apartment in Babak Anvari’s Under t he Shadow : they’re linked by the sense that a home, offering sanctuary and safety, is in some way corrupted. As safe as houses? Don’t count on it.

Zach Cregger’s excellent Barbarian , the smartly structured and utterly terrifying latest addition to this subsection of horror, takes a novel angle, in that it focuses on a “home away from home”, an Airbnb rental property in a derelict suburb of Detroit. Tess (Georgina Campbell) is unsettled when she discovers that the lettings company has double-booked her into the same property as a male stranger (Bill Skarsgård). But it soon becomes clear that she has much more to worry about.

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Imagine showing up for an Airbnb rental, only to discover that another guest is already there. What would you do? Check in anyway and hope for the best? Or take the mix-up as a sign and get the heck out? In “ Barbarian ,” Tess (Georgina Campbell) makes the wrong decision. It’s already late, and she decides to stay — this despite the fact that the stranger sharing the house is played by Bill Skarsgård (the actor who embodied Pennywise in the recent “It” remake). For audiences, this casting is a clue Tess is in for a scary stay. But it would be wrong to think you have “Barbarian” figured out.

Writer-director Zach Cregger assumes you’ve seen “Psycho” or, if not, that the psychic trauma of that film has seeped into our culture enough that no 21st-century woman travels without worrying to some degree that any sweet, seemingly nonthreatening stranger she meets on the road could be a serial killer. Like that Alfred Hitchcock classic, “Barbarian” also resets abruptly after a long and misleading first act. Set in Detroit’s all-but-abandoned Brightmoor district, this lead-in is deliciously uncomfortable, playing on fears that women aren’t safe among unknown men — but it’s not at all indicative of where the film is headed. (The gnarly but curiously unspecific title is even less helpful in preparing the viewer.)

Yes, there is a monster lurking in this house, but it’s not this man, and no man can help Tess defeat it. To Cregger’s credit, the sense of dread he creates is the stuff that the very best horror movies are made of. For female audiences, this corresponds to a real-world fear of how not to become a #MeToo victim, then blindsides us with a very different kind of terror.

Just as audiences are starting to feel attached to Tess and Keith, Cregger abruptly cuts to the Hollywood jerk who owns the house, AJ ( Justin Long ), smugly driving along the California coast. While on the phone with his reps, he’s suddenly hit with the thing 21st-century males seem to dread most: accusations of sexual misconduct. Everything was going great in his career, and now, faster than you can say “canceled,” all his projects are on hold. Even his manager is cutting ties. Cregger was clever to enlist Long for such a role, since the actor is enormously likable but doesn’t shy away from playing creeps (as in suspended-educator drama “After Class” or Neil LaBute’s toxic masculinity comedy “House of Darkness”).

For a time, Cregger abandons Tess’ story to focus on AJ’s arrival. The tonal shift from someone we cared about to this tool is alarming, deliberately so. Here, instead of worrying about what will become of the character, audiences may find themselves rooting for something terrible to happen. Cregger sets up all kinds of complicated feelings as AJ’s escalating douchebaggery takes the place of the smarter, subtler opening act. Rest assured, he fully intends to pay off those frustrations, bringing the two storylines together via a third — a Brian De Palma-style flashback set decades earlier, in which a predator preys on local women.

Cregger’s instinct for suspense is so effective, it’s hard to believe that before “Barbarian,” the helmer worked largely in comedy (he was a member of the Whitest Kids U’Know sketch team). Then again, a deliciously twisted sense of humor runs beneath the surface. In fact, the image of someone (or something) running beneath the surface is one of the film’s most outrageous thrills. Audiences may be expecting something supernatural, but here too, “Psycho” seems to be the reference point, as “Barbarian” builds shock upon shock, giving viewers another mother they won’t soon forget.

Reviewed at Frank G. Wells Screening Room, Disney Studios, Burbank, Aug. 1, 2022. MPA Rating: R. Running time: 102 MIN.

  • Production: A 20th Century Studios release of a Regency Entertainment presentation, in association with Almost Never Films, Hammerstone Studios, of a Boulderlight Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment production. Producers: Arnon Milchan, Roy Lee, Raphael Margules, J.D. Lifshitz. Executive producers: Yariv Milchan, Michael Schaefer, Natalie Lehmann, Danny Chan, Alex Lebovici, Bill Skarsgård.
  • Crew: Director, writer: Zach Cregger. Camera: Zach Kuperstein. Editor: Joe Murphy. Music: Anna Drubich.
  • With: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake, Kurt Braunohler, Jaymes Butler.

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The horror movie trope about how you shouldn’t build housing tracts on indigenous lands used to be considered a mildly progressive one. Nowadays it looks a little patronizing, to say the least. And given that recent developments in historical interpretation have revealed that, to put it in simplistically blunt terms, all land is in some form indigenous, the trope seems narrow as well. (This is one of the reasons, indirectly, that Jordan Peele ’s “ Us ” felt like something new.)

In any event, when “Barbarians” opens with a promotional video in which Tom Cullen ’s Lucas, an instantly smarmy beardo, touts a new idyllic community at a site in rural England called “Gaeta” (the Gallic word for "gateway"), one arches an eyebrow a little. And perhaps one also asks, “And where are they now, the little people of Stonehenge?” One supposes it’s at least commendable that “Barbarians,” a horror movie that aspires to stress you out early-Ben-Wheatley style, albeit under the direction of Charles Dorfman instead, doesn’t quite go to that obvious place.

In spite of a couple of intimations of the supernatural, which involve a fox and are quickly dropped, the film’s conflicts stay earthbound, and as the title suggests, are engineered to make Points About How Despite The Veneer Of Civilization Modern Man Remains To Some Extent In A Primordial State. Lucas’ opening video pitch is disrupted by a shot of Lucas in a dark place, his forehead covered in blood, wrapping up his pitch. Um-hmm.

We are then introduced to Adam ( Iwan Rheon ) and Eva ( Catalina Sandino Moreno ), who are apparently the first residents in the lovely Gateway development. They’ve earned the house in exchange for creative services they’ve rendered unto Lucas, or so they believe. At a dinner party later that evening, Lucas will try to welch on the deal. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s a beautiful morning at the house, and it’s Adam’s birthday, and he goes out for a run, where he encounters a dead fox. Which then turns up inside the couple’s kitchen. Which makes Adam fretful. A neighbor of sorts helps clean it up. But Eva is exasperated by Adam’s waffling.

Adam has some troubles with his conscience, too. He Googles himself, and down that rabbit hole, he reads news stories about Lucas and the development, and how a former partner of Lucas, who owned the land on which this lovely house was built, died of a heart attack soon after initiating a lawsuit against Lucas.

So the stage is set for an uneasy dinner. Lucas shows up with girlfriend Chloe ( Inès Spiridonov ), a young artist who’s also an ardent admirer of Eva’s. Everyone seems to enjoy busting on Adam. He announces the topic of his latest creative project, about a “prehistoric man in the modern world,” and the entire table explodes in mirth, citing Brendan Fraser and “Encino Man,” which apparently was titled “California Man” in the U.K. As Adam and Lucas exchange toxic banter, one is inclined to wonder whether Adam is EVEN a Beta male.

But wait. Adam gets tetchy when word slips out that Chloe is pregnant, and he confronts her when she visits the bathroom. These two have a past, apparently, but Chloe instructs him that “it never happened.”

And then the home invasion happens. If you’ve been paying attention, the subsequent “revelations” will come as no surprise, and the plot turns will bear out why the characters have the names Dorfman has given them. The director carries out his ultimately banal aims with commendable dispatch, and it’s always interesting to see Moreno play a character who’s not a living saint (she’s done it before, I know, but I’ve not seen it too often myself). But as an individual who’s not likely to have his dream house handed to him anytime soon under any circumstances, shady or not, I couldn’t relate. 

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Review: Barbarian is one of the wildest movies I’ve seen in years. An unpredictable ride with a perfect cast and unthinkable premise.

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(Quick warning before you read on about what might possibly be the most batshit insane movie of the calendar year: please go into Barbarian reading as little as possible. Just know that it is not for the faint of heart and that it is gnarly and extreme.)

Now onto the actual review.

Barbarian is the latest in a string of original horror/thriller films being released to kick off the fall movie season. It’s been a mixed bag for the horror genre in 2022, much like it is for most years, but it seems like the highs have been even higher than in years past. Genre auteurs like Jordan Peele, Ti West, David Cronenberg and others have given efforts that rival even their best works in years past. We can officially enter Barbarian and Zach Cregger into this pool of the very best that horror has had to offer in 2022.

Horror is a genre that is self-reflexive by nature. Scares and setups of films past reinvigorate and strengthen those in newer films. Stylistic choices and narrative beats (found footage and final girls being two prime examples of this) and brought down generation to generation to be reinvented and twisted with how a filmmaker sees fit. The best crop of these films are the ones that don’t just use the tropes, but successfully navigate and toy with the audience while doing so. Barbarian is perhaps the best example of this in years.

Barbarian is an extremely winking film. Its casting of Bill Skarsgård as the possibly innocent/possibly sadistic murderer co-inhabitant of a sketchy Airbnb is enough to drive even the casual horror fans up a wall after his notorious and career-making work as Pennywise the Clown in the recent It franchise. He manages to successfully balance these different character beats in a performance that teeters on predictability, but never fully goes there.

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Its plot isn’t going to work for everyone, and I can’t really say it landed 100% with me. It secretly becomes an anthology film with its weaving of several plotlines into an eventual final thirty minutes of cohesion. Georgina Campbell and Justin Long carry the majority of Barbarian ’s heavy lifting even if their characters struggle to morph out of caricatures into actual human beings. The film mostly banks on shock factor, and it can live off of that just fine, but when it is trying to tie up loose ends and build to a finale that feels both rewarding and justified, it doesn’t quite stick the landing.

Barbarian is still refreshing and thrilling, and it’s easily one of my favorite theater experiences of the year. Films try over and over again to use the schlocky marketing bit of audiences screaming in theaters only to be disappointing in actual terror when places in front of you (just this year The Black Phone fits that description) but Barbarian is genuinely jaw-dropping. It’s gonzo and brutal and absolutely one of my favorite horror flicks of the year. Make sure to seek this one out if it’s playing near you, but like I said in the opening paragraph, I hope you’ve already seen it by the time you make it this far.

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Meet one of horror’s biggest, most savage surprises of the year. Writer/Director  Zach Cregger  (“The Whitest Kids U’ Know”) eschews conventions in  Barbarian  to keep audiences on edge, making for one of the most delightfully unhinged viewing experiences in recent memory. A simple rental nightmare set up an intense pressure cooker scenario with no limits to the midnight madness. 

Tess ( Georgina Campbell ) arrives at her Detroit rental late at night during a torrential downpour. The rain distracts her from the subtle signs that a quiet night before her big job interview won’t go as planned. The keys, for one, aren’t in the lockbox. When a man, Keith ( Bill Skarsgård ), answers the door, the strangers realize the place has been double booked. Tess, out of options, agrees to share the space but remains guarded. As Keith soothes her apprehension, Tess realizes the danger has just begun.

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Cregger creates an unrelenting unease from the outset. Everything about Tess’s situation screams trouble, but Cregger consistently traps his protagonist in place, leaving her with nowhere to go but forward. The torrential downpour combined with lockbox woes leaves her with only the briefest moment to register just how quiet the street is after dark. A popular conference taking place during her stay leaves her with no alternatives, either. Cregger rips away every possible chance dangled in front of Tess to escape the inevitable terror. More than leaving you on edge, it breeds mistrust while you wait for the threat to reveal itself.

Even that reveal is a measured escalation, a steady ramp-up from dread to full-blown sensory assault. It’s far from over. Cregger expertly crafts an unwavering unpredictability by forgoing a traditional narrative structure. The first act feels like a self-contained full feature before the rug gets pulled and new layers add to the deranged equation. And it builds. And builds.

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Justin Long as Cale in 20th Century Studios’ BARBARIAN, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

At its core,  Barbarian  presents two sides of the same coin reacting to one hellish scenario. From it, it unleashes one sadistic and gruesome horror thriller unafraid to be as biting with its pitch-black humor as its horror. While there’s an interesting commentary to be mined from how Tess reacts and handles certain situations versus some of the supporting characters as unlucky as she, the emphasis remains on ensuring a full-throttle onslaught of nail-biting terror. No one is safe from the madness, and it’s brutal.

Campbell deftly retains audience allegiances even as her character defies all horror logic, sometimes by choice. A fortitude at odds with vulnerability keeps you invested in Tess and consistently unsure if she’s survivor material. That thread of uncertainty runs through every central character. Bill Skarsgård charms as Keith but creates enough doubt to raise suspicion. Justin Long’s  AJ disarms with an affability that belies his denial and obstinate self-preservation. The arcs are as robust and compelling as the deeply flawed characters deserve. Authenticity grounds them even as the world around them crumbles into abject fear, darkness, and insanity.

Barbarian  demands to be seen with a crowd. Creggers makes keen observations about humanity at their best and worst, then creates a visceral horror movie from them. All rules get tossed out the window, resulting in a confrontational and chilling feature that slams into you like a freight train and leaves you breathless. It’s smartly written, well crafted, and boasts a fantastic cast committed to the insanity. More importantly, it’s the type of violent, ruthless, and bloody horror that leaves a mark.

Barbarian releases in theaters on September 9, 2022.

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Movie Review – Barbarian (2022)

December 13, 2022 by Robert Kojder

Barbarian , 2022.

Written and Directed by Zach Cregger. Starring Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake, Kurt Braunohler, Jaymes Butler, Sophie Sörensen, Rachel Fowler, J.R. Esposito, Kate Nichols, Kate Bosworth, Brooke Dillman, Sara Paxton, Will Greenberg, Derek Morse, Trevor Van Uden, and Zach Cregger.

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SYNOPSIS: 

A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems.

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Filmmakers seem to have a new favorite go-to plot device with countless recent movies (spanning multiple genres) that set up their story through accidentally double-booked Airbnbs. Barbarian (written and directed by Zach Cregger, marking his first feature-length work without his regular collaborator Trevor Moore) might be filled with more insanity than all of the others combined.

This is boosted by also being unpredictable in every sense of the word, for better or worse. This movie doesn’t throw curveballs, it throws knuckle-curves on a consistent basis, as Zach Cregger fiddles around with structure and clashing tones that further befuddle the mind of what is happening and what can possibly happen next.

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Rather than discuss the characters first, considering such a thing becomes a spoiler in itself beyond the first act, it feels more fitting to address the setting and location of Barbarian . The aforementioned Airbnb sits in a dumpy part of Detroit. At least that’s how the white characters describe the area Tess (Georgina Campbell) happens to be staying in while taking up a job interview as a researcher for an upcoming documentary.

They don’t elaborate, but from the look of things, the houses are falling apart and the community is heavily Black. There is a story about gentrification, incompetent law enforcement, sexual abuse, horrifying basement secrets, and morality here told through gonzo madness that, while it certainly tests logic and credibility, marks the arrival of an unfettered, deranged mind.

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Surprising the audience is Zach Cregger’s modus operandi, as Barbarian doesn’t actually have much to say about the social issues it incorporates into its narrative. They are still effective and slide into the story nicely, but given the all-over-the-map trajectory, there are some aspects that get under one’s skin as creepy and disturbing but never quite a shellshock.

If anything, Barbarian functions as a weirdo horror funhouse that zigs just when you think it’s going to zag. There is also a healthy amount of tension since the film has no interest in settling down in one scenario or dynamic or even one genre (the second act is more of a comedy surrounded by all this terror).

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Also, credit the entire ensemble game enough to roll with every decision grounded in madness. Georgina Campbell plays Tess with resourceful awareness, especially as a woman that has arrived at an Airbnb already occupied by polite oddball Keith (Bill Skarsgård), justifiably on guard staying the night with a stranger.

Justin Long is also a hoot as a self-absorbed misogynistic doofus that owns the home. Without disclosing the role Michael Patrick Davis plays, it deserves to be noted that his performance is exceptionally freaky and that the makeup and prosthetics department deserves applause. Richard Brake also shows up for a few minutes, effectively slimy and gross in a manner that ties much of the story together.

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Zach Cregger shows a lot of promise in terms of twisted imagination, but that doesn’t mean every screenwriting choice he makes is a winner (it’s hard to buy into that anyone would willingly book this house for a variety of reasons, which is a gripe that becomes an afterthought considering the crazy places this movie goes).

There are plenty of red herrings and misdirection here that feel cheap, even if the end result is an easily recommendable nutty ride resulting from some of those swerves. At this early stage of his career, he is a more talented director capable of consistently engaging an audience through mystery, tracking shots, turning clichés on their head, creating a sinister atmosphere, and operating under uncomfortably dark themes.

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Mileage will vary for Barbarian depending on how much thought one puts into each ludicrous reveal, but it is so chaotically unhinged everyone should see it at least once.

Flickering Myth Rating  – Film: ★ ★ ★  / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also the Flickering Myth Reviews Editor. Check  here  for new reviews, follow my  Twitter  or  Letterboxd , or email me at [email protected]

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A woman stands atop a staircase and looks down into a freakishly dark basement.

In Theaters

  • September 9, 2022
  • Georgina Campbell as Tess; Bill Skarsgård as Keith; Justin Long as AJ; Matthew Patrick Davis as The Mother; Richard Brake as Frank

Home Release Date

  • October 25, 2022
  • Zach Cregger

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  • 20th Century Studios

Movie Review

It was a little yellow house.

As the rain poured down, Tess Marshall hurriedly removed her bags from her Jeep and hustled to the house’s front step for shelter. And that’s exactly what this little nondescript Airbnb rental represented for her: a place to crash and take shelter after a long flight and before a hope-filled day tomorrow.

For come the next day, she was meeting with a respected indie documentarian for a possible job. And if she could land it, well, it could well open very important doors and set her career on an upward trajectory. At least, that’s what Tess had been planning and hoping for.  

But for all her hopes, the first piece—that little yellow house—wasn’t working out the way it was supposed to. Not only did the lockbox not yield a promised key, but there was already some guy in the house saying he had rented the place himself. And on top of that, every hotel in Detroit was full, thanks to some huge medical convention.

Argh! Her life!

But then Keith, the young, pleasant-looking guy inside the house, invites her in. He even offers to let her stay the night. Then they could call the renters together and give them an earful in the morning. Hey, they might even get a free stay out of it.

But Tess is no fool. She’s seen horror movies before. And this is how it always starts. You know, some innocent-looking dude invites a pretty girl in—which was Tess’ role—and then horrible things happen from there.

The guy might drug her and, I don’t know, drag her down into the basement to do terrible things to her. There might even be some empty little room down there with a filthy mattress, a camera and an old bucket for a toilet. Or there could be a hidden passageway that wound around in long tunnels and deep stony staircases beneath the house. You know, the kind of lightless rocky passage that some twisted guy with a shovel took years to dig with a tortured gleam in his eyes. Oh, and small rusty cages for human prisoners. Let’s not forget those.

Or … maybe there is a dirty room hidden down there somewhere, filled with filth and a TV-VCR that never stops running disturbing movies. For that matter there could be some sort of creature in those murky, foul-smelling depths: something that screeches, growls and leaps with bared, rotten teeth from the pitch-black shadows!!

( Pant, pant! )

Hey, I mean Tess has seen all that stuff before. And the guy standing in front of her in the house’s little living room could represent any, or all, of those scenarios.

But then Tess privately berates herself. She’s letting her imagination run away with her again. That’s what she gets for having a moviemaker’s imagination. She needs to calm down, Tess thinks, rolling her eyes at herself.

Keith is just some guy. He’s in the same boat as she is. And this is just a little yellow house.

Just a little … yellow … house.

[ Note: Spoilers are contained in the following sections. ]

Positive Elements

Several characters eventually find their way into this story’s mix. But Tess is the only one who tries desperately to help the others who find themselves in similar danger. Even when her own life is threatened, when she’s wounded and she can’t get police to take her seriously, she keeps trying to help and to save other victims. (Sometimes, she even tries to rescue others even when it seems absolutely foolhardy to do so.)

Spiritual Elements

A strange, grizzled and ill-formed woman appears almost supernaturally strong—absorbing multiple attacks, including a great fall and being hit by a car. But that strength is never fully explained.

Sexual Content

The above-mentioned woman is always fully naked, and we see her walk and run in and out of shadows with bare, hanging breasts. She, attacks people, drags them around and in one case, she attempts to forcibly breast feed someone.

We also see a repeating video of a woman breastfeeding and caressing her child (with a breast exposed). We’re told of a man named Frank who kidnapped and abused many women, exposing them to his twisted sexual desires. “He took women down there, and then he made babies with them,” a man says. “Then he made babies with the babies.”

Violent Content

A.J., a thirtysomething guy who owns the little yellow house, is accused of raping a woman whom he worked with on a TV pilot. When asked later about the event he downplays his role in it, but notes: “She took some convincing, is all. She came around.”

We see the above-mentioned kidnapper, a guy named Frank set up an abduction of a young mom in the past. Then many years later, someone finds his scores of VHS videos, depicting his many kidnap victims and his physical abuse and rape of them. (We hear a rape taking place on a TV screen but don’t see it.) We are also shown the cages and rooms the women were kept in, complete with bloody handprints.

In the present, people are chased, beaten, slashed with a knife, shot and killed. A man reports being bitten by something in the dark. And then he’s grabbed, and his head is smashed repeatedly into a stone wall until his skull is mush. Someone gets hit by a car and shot in the face. Another person takes his own life with a bullet to the chin. Tess is shot in the side at one point and has to run with the visibly seeping wound.

A woman is thrown off a tall structure. We see two people lying in a pool of blood on the road. A man is attacked, his arm is ripped off at the joint and then he’s beaten to death with the severed limb.

Crude or Profane Language

There are 60 f-words and some 15 s-words in the dialogue, along with uses of “b–ch,” “h—” and “f–got.” God’s and Jesus’ names are both misused about a dozen times; the former is combined with “d–n” twice.

Drug and Alcohol Content

When Tess arrives, Keith shows her an unopened bottle of wine—explaining how he understands her hesitancy to accept a drink from a stranger. They drink wine together and get a little tipsy. A.J. goes out drinking and gets quite drunk.

Other Negative Elements

We find out that scores of unfortunate victims have been swept up, and sometimes destroyed, in the yellow house’s backstory. Tess and Keith talk about toxic relationships in their past, and how those kinds of interactions can leave a scar.

Someone drinks too much and vomits in the bathroom toilet. The Detroit police force appears totally callous and distant in this pic. Even cops who eventually respond to Tess’ pleas for help disregard her panicked ramblings, assuming she’s on drugs. They refuse to investigate.

Two adults are forced to drink what appears to be milk from a gross baby bottle. Being a horror movie of a certain stripe, Barbarian repeatedly immerses its characters and viewers in pitch-black and leaves them nervously waiting for whatever jump-scene happens next.

I once stumbled upon a list labeled: “Disturbing films for cinema extremists.” And though I’ve only seen a handful of the movies on that list—a list that included titles such as Slaughtered Vomit Dolls and Cannibal Holocaust —I very much think Barbarian will soon be welcomed into its ranks with a few hearty back-slaps of congratulations by those who “appreciate” such fare. For this is one of those disquieting horror pics that constantly turns unexpected, pitch-black corners while daring you not to blanche or squirm.

That’s not to suggest that this movie is exemplary in any way. If anything, it kinda throws every horror trope you can think of up against the wall just to see what sticks. And there is plenty of stickiness to go around—including bashed-in skulls; off screen kidnapping, torture and rape; abundant profanity; grotesque nudity and abject filth.

Frankly, when this kind of festering movie grime seeps into your head, it’s kinda hard to flush it back out. So, if you’re still considering, be forewarned.

And maybe follow your better instincts. At some point, I’m sure Tess Marshall wished she would have paid attention to hers.

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Barbarian (2022), upgrade (2018).

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Barbarian  is best seen unspoiled, but what you should definitely know is that it’s also a deeply funny movie, and it can often find ways to be funny and scary at the same time. If you’re someone who is at all intrigued by this description, you should probably just do yourself a favor and watch it.

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10 Great Horror Movies Recommended By Stephen King

Posted: October 22, 2023 | Last updated: October 22, 2023

  • Stephen King is a fan of horror movies and has publicly expressed his admiration for classics like The Exorcist and Psycho.
  • King also appreciates newer horror films like Barbarian and No One Will Save You, recommending them as unique and scary experiences.
  • The author has a wide range of favorite horror movies, from supernatural classics like Suspiria to atmospheric mysteries like The Autopsy of Jane Doe and The Changeling.

Famed horror novelist Stephen King has long been known for being as much a fan of the genre as he is one of its foremost creators. From posting X (formerly Twitter) to sharing his approval for his favorite new horror releases, to Dense Macabre, his non-fiction exploration of the history of horror fiction, King has often publicly expressed his adoration for a variety of classic and modern flicks, some of which belong to the list of best horror movies of all time .

Many of King's own works have been adapted, to varying successes, by iconic filmmakers, such as Stanley Kubrick and Frank Darabont, with many more Stephen King movie adaptations on the way. King made his own, and only, attempt at venturing into filmmaking with the critically panned 1980s film Maximum Overdrive, which earned him a Razzie nomination for Worst Director, and whose troubled production surely enhanced his appreciation for what it takes to make a great film. Some of Stephen King's favorite horror movies were mentioned by the author on social media and in interviews over the years, as well as in his 1981 book.

The Exorcist

Directed by the great William Friedkin, this story of a demonically possessed young girl, her desperate mother, and the Catholic priests who attempt to perform an exorcism on her was the first of only six horror films ever nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The film mixes an emotionally riveting story of a grieving mother with a terrifying depiction of the supernatural. In response to the death of The Exorcist 's late director, King praised the film on X and called its director "a deeply talented filmmaker".

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Zach Cregger of comedy troupe Whitest Kids U'Know ventured into horror, and his first feature as solo director, with 2022's Barbarian , starring Georgina Campbell, Justin Long, and modern genre favorite Bill Skarsgård. In Barbarian, a woman arrives at her rental home to find it has been double-booked, with her being expected to share the home with the man who is also staying there. She soon comes to learn of the house's many secrets in this super original and incredibly unpredictable mixture of horror and shock comedy. Responding to a tweet from a fan asking if he had seen Barbarian , King responded "Yeah, that movie blew me away. It was crazy! Crazy GOOD!"

Like many horror creators and fans, King is indebted to the iconic works of Alfred Hitchcock. Psycho follows a woman on the run from the law after stealing a large sum of money who comes across a motel inhabited by its polite but odd proprietor Norman and his mother. In an article for Entertainment Weekly , King wrote of a drug-addled paranoid experience he had watching one of the director's most revered films, Psycho, in which a college-aged King became convinced that the ominously creepy mother of the film was "sitting directly behind me and would soon reach out to stroke the back of my neck."

No One Will Save You

King recently expressed his approval for Hulu's newest horror, No One Will Save You , on his X account. The science fiction horror film starring Kaitlyn Dever follows a lonely woman whose house is intruded by aliens. The movie is unique for its near-total lack of speaking, with No One Will Save You having only one line of dialogue . King recommended the film, calling it "brilliant, daring, involving, scary" and "truly unique" , while favorably comparing it to an episode of The Twilight Zone .

One of the most influential horror films of all time is the original Suspiria, directed by famous Italian filmmaker Dario Argento. The movie follows an American ballerina at a prestigious German dance school and a series of brutal murders that lead her to a shocking discovery. It's a brilliant example of the Italian giallo horror genre which mixes mystery and terror and is a predecessor to modern slasher films. The film was effectively remade in 2018, but nothing beats the original. King briefly mentioned his adoration for this supernatural horror in his 1981 non-fiction book Dense Macabre.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Brian Cox, of Succession fame, and Emile Hirsch play father-and-son coroners who spend all night performing an autopsy and uncovering unexplainable things in The Autopsy of Jane Doe. King took to X to commend the atmospheric, foreboding mystery, calling it a "visceral horror to rival ALIEN and early Cronenberg." His comparison of The Autopsy of Jane Doe to the classic horror flick Alien and the work of legendary body-horror director David Cronenberg is high praise for this low-budget film.

The Hitcher

A mix of suspense, action, and true terror, The Hitcher follows a young man on a cross-country delivery when he picks up a homicidal hitchhiker. King personally selected this for a 2017 film series "King on Screen" with the British Film Institute. He also wrote about it in an updated edition of Dense Macabre, saying that Rutger Hauer as the film's maniac killer "will never be topped."

The Changeling

King has often referenced haunted house horror The Changeling when mentioning his favorite films. In his talk during the "King on Screen" series, the author commended the film for its effective slow-burn terror, saying that even though "there are no monsters" it was "enough to scare the daylights" out of the author. He also mentioned the film Dense Macabre , describing the intersection of a subplot about a powerful politician attempting to hide his dark secrets with the ghost story of the film as "a weird mix of ghosts and Watergate".

It's no shock that King is a fan of one of modern horror's biggest directors, Robert Eggers, whose mix of arthouse and commercial sensibilities have won him a loyal fanbase since his debut The Witch. King praised Egger's period horror debut, specifically for its combination of drama and terror, tweeting that it is "a real movie, tense and thought-provoking". The Witch is heavily inspired by the Salem Witch Trials and other true stories. The movie about an isolated Puritan family whose youngest son suddenly vanishes, which King also mentioned "scared the hell out of me," stars Anya-Taylor Joy in her breakout role.

In several interviews, as well as in his book, Stephen King named Steven Spielberg's smash-hit Jaws as one of his favorite movies of all time. Jaws earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and its massive summer success coined the term 'Summer Blockbuster'. With its brilliant slow-building tension, its weighty dramatic stakes, and of course its terrifying underwater antagonist, it's easy to see why the author is such a fan of this classic film.

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20 Unpredictable Movies You Should Go Into Blind

The less you know the better.

There's a good argument to be made that every movie benefits from going into it knowing very little. If a film takes unexpected directions when it comes to its storyline, characters, or genres, it's obviously nice to enter a movie without knowing such things. Also, with trailers, rumors, and social media sometimes revealing a little too much, genuine surprises are getting harder to come by.

With all that being said, some films benefit more than others from being entered into blind. The following are all shining examples of movies that provide a better experience the less you know beforehand. They will be very briefly summarized, with care taken not to reveal much at all. Long story short, if there are any here you haven't seen and know next to nothing about, they should be watched as soon as possible, and before any pesky spoilers happen to come your way.

20 'Barbarian' (2022)

Director: zach cregger.

Barbarian has already emerged as one of the most interesting horror movies in years. It plays straight and subverts various horror tropes throughout its well-paced, unpredictable runtime, and makes for a thrilling watch for horror fans in the process.

So, how much should you know going in? It's probably important to know that if you have a hard time with claustrophobic and/or dark spaces, this may not be the movie for you, and neither is it going to convert non-horror fans. But as for the plot? Go in knowing literally nothing, because Barbarian is a unique and consistently thrilling ride that aims to keep you on your toes for every single one of its 102 minutes , and it largely succeeds in doing just that.

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19 'Infinity Pool' (2023)

Director: brandon cronenberg.

Brandon Cronenberg followed up the already uncompromising Possessor (2020) with something even wilder and more nightmarishly trippy with 2023's Infinity Pool . It's a very dark satire/psychological horror film that most definitely earns its R-rating (the uncut version of Infinity Pool is even NC-17 ) and then some, with its premise looking at wealthy people acting in a depraved way while also suggesting that money can buy one's way out of any wrongdoing, no matter how serious.

The way it communicates these ideas is best left for audiences to discover themselves... at least those viewers who feel up to handling some extreme violent and sexual content. Infinity Pool is an incredibly disturbing movie, but most of its shocking scenes are there in service of the film's story and thematic content , meaning it will provoke thoughts while also churning stomachs.

Infinity Pool

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18 'Shutter Island' (2010)

Director: martin scorsese.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have collaborated on crime films and historical dramas before, but Shutter Island represented a new direction for the director/actor pairing. This one's a psychological mystery/thriller film that follows a U.S. Marshal investigating the disappearance of a potentially dangerous patient from a high-security psychiatric hospital.

Given the genre, it's expected that a simple premise such as this will have its fair share of twists and turns, and Shutter Island indeed delivers in that regard, making it another compelling title in Scorsese's filmography. Shutter Island is the kind of film that's legendary for the directions it goes after about the halfway point, being a slow-burn story with a strong pay-off , and certainly worth going into blind for anyone who's yet to know how things wrap up.

Shutter Island

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17 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' (2021)

Director: jon watts.

Some would say that the big reveals in Spider-Man: No Way Home weren't the best-kept secrets. There were plenty of rumors surrounding the movie while it was in production, and it was speculated on more heavily than the average MCU movie, that's for sure.

For anyone who went in maybe expecting certain things while not knowing for sure if they'd be there, it ended up being a hugely satisfying experience. And to the film's credit, it is the most ambitious, dramatic, and twist-heavy Spider-Man film in the MCU so far , which means that even those who might know some reveals in advance likely won't know them all. It's not a perfect film, but it is an exciting and surprising one, making it another compelling superhero flick.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

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16 'Psycho' (1960)

Director: alfred hitchcock.

Chances are, you'll know about the big twists Psycho has to offer, even if you've never seen the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie . But assume for a moment that you don't, just as viewers in 1960 didn't know what they were in for. The things that happen in Psycho - and in one particularly famous scene - were truly shocking for audiences back then. If Psycho 's big moments hadn't become so commonly referenced and parodied, they'd still shock viewers today.

Hitchcock famously had rules for cinemas that showed Psycho , which emphasized how closely guarded its twists were intended to be. Apparently, moviegoers before 1960 sometimes arrived to movies late, but Psycho screenings weren't allowed to permit late admissions , given how early some of its surprises come. Still, even if it's a movie that's been spoiled to death, it's worth a watch (just be sure to stay away from the bizarrely redundant 1998 remake).

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15 'Beau Is Afraid' (2023)

Director: ari aster.

Ari Aster followed up the already strange and unnerving Midsommar (2019) with an entirely different and even more unusual beast altogether. Beau is Afraid was the film, and it's genuinely hard to explain anything when it comes to its plot, beyond saying that it's about one man trying to get to a destination, only for seemingly everything to go wrong, sending him into some kind of nightmarish version of reality.

On top of having a simple premise executed in the most bizarre fashion possible, Beau Is Afraid also stands out for its nearly three-hour-long runtime, proving to be an exhausting and stressful watching experience . However, for providing something unique, and making a rare film that will surprise everyone who watches it in some way, Aster's efforts in making something so unusual and confronting should be applauded (though if audiences, like Beau, are themselves afraid of seeing this, perhaps that's also understandable).

Beau Is Afraid

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14 'The Man Who Stole the Sun' (1979)

Director: kazuhiko hasegawa.

With a look at nuclear weapons that's both dark and strangely funny, perhaps the easiest film to compare The Man Who Stole the Sun to is the Stanley Kubrick -directed - and Peter Sellers -starring - 1964 film Dr. Strangelove . However, the latter isn't also a crime/thriller or romance/action movie, which is to say that it's hard to compare The Man Who Stole the Sun to anything else, beyond looking at movies with similar subject matter/themes.

Even the plot feels unique, as it centers around a teacher who decides to build his own atomic bomb, and after doing so, uses it to extort various things from government, all the while the police are trying to find his whereabouts. The Man Who Stole the Sun pushes into even wilder territory than its premise would suggest , and though it's underseen and hard to track down, it's absolutely worth watching for any jaded movie fans who think they've seen it all.

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13 'Moon' (2009)

Director: duncan jones.

One of the best films of 2009 , Moon stars Sam Rockwell and barely anyone else. It takes place in a facility on the moon where Rockwell's character is the only living inhabitant, and though his time there is almost at an end, something strange happens one day that throws his entire life off-balance.

To say more would feel criminal, so it's best to just leave it at that. Moon is small-scale, thought-provoking science-fiction at its best , and though it might not appeal to those who like their sci-fi action-packed, it will be enthralling to anyone who likes their sci-fi psychological, unpredictable, and surprisingly intimate. It's a small-scale movie that starts off as one thing and gradually becomes something else as it ticks along in the most thrilling of ways, making Moon a memorable and unique work of science fiction.

12 'The Banshees of Inisherin' (2022)

Director: martin mcdonagh.

On the surface, the plot of The Banshees of Inisherin seems so simple. Two friends – Pádraic Súilleabháin ( Colin Farrell ) and Colm Doherty ( Brendan Gleeson ) – are suddenly no longer friends, and one of them can't accept it. This deceptively straightforward story unfolds over the gorgeous rolling hills and open seas of a remote Irish island, and contains the same sort of bleak comedy that can be found in other Martin McDonagh films, like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths .

An award-winning tragicomedy that's a true standout from its genre, The Banshees of Inisherin goes to some dark places that audiences may not expect . It's impossible not to spoil any more about its well-written narrative at this point, but it's safe to say that viewers who want a dose of humor, heartache, and Irish folklore should consider this film as essential viewing.

The Banshees of Inisherin

11 'fresh' (2022), director: mimi cave.

The broadest (and best) way to describe Fresh is to say that it's a movie about the difficulties of dating in general in the 21st century. Daisy Edgar-Jones plays a young woman who seems unable to find an even halfway decent person to date until she happens to meet Sebastian Stan 's unique character (the actor's arguably never been better) by chance, and the two hit it off surprisingly well.

This plays out until the opening title shows up over half an hour into the movie. By that point, the movie has revealed what genre it's actually going to be, and gives you some idea why it's called Fresh . If you can reach that point of Fresh knowing nothing about where it ends up going, it would undoubtedly become an even more rewarding and jaw-dropping film to watch play out.

10 'Godzilla: Final Wars' (2004)

Director: ryûhei kitamura.

Truth be told, there aren't really any plot-specific spoilers in Godzilla: Final Wars that absolutely need to be kept secret from those who haven't seen it. This is mostly because there's little to no plot in Final Wars ; at least not one that makes any kind of logical sense.

However, unlike most movies, this isn't a flaw, because Godzilla: Final Wars is not most movies. It's one of the most enjoyable Godzilla films and functions like a feature-length to get one of the most powerful versions of Godzilla in the series' history to fight as many monsters as possible, all the while featuring a wild human storyline that gleefully references Hollywood blockbusters like Star Wars , The Matrix , and X-Men . It's probably the most over-the-top and bizarre giant monster movie of all time, so the less known going in the better.

9 'One Cut of the Dead' (2017)

Director: shinichiro ueda.

One Cut of the Dead is a charming low-budget zombie film that's rough around the edges, but still fun to watch. Part of that enjoyment comes from the way it's presented in one take, and the fact it gets meta, with a story about a group of people making a low-budget horror film who then themselves get attacked by actual zombies.

Eventually, the movie shifts away from this initial premise, and becomes something else entirely. The "one cut" presentation vanishes, too, but for good reason, and in its place is something even better, with a fantastic second half that expertly recontextualizes and improves the film's still enjoyable first half . One Cut of the Dead is a masterfully written and ridiculously clever movie, and offers an experience unlike anything else.

One Cut of the Dead

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8 'Parasite' (2019)

Director: bong joon-ho.

The already classic and critically acclaimed Parasite has a title that makes it sound like a horror movie . It's not quite one, and saying so doesn't give away too much. It is, however, a film that tackles numerous other genres, and it blends comedy, drama, and suspense in a way that's never quite been done before.

Parasite is essentially a movie about two families who are separated by class and wealth, and what happens when they interact. That's keeping it super vague, but seeing the plot slowly take shape before a plot twist at the halfway point shifts just about everything is one thing that makes Parasite such a memorable (and perhaps even perfect) movie ... and to give away anything that happens after that halfway point would be borderline criminal.

7 'Red State' (2011)

Director: kevin smith.

Red State is a film that truly stands out among Kevin Smith 's other directorial efforts. It's a far cry from the sort of laid-back comedy he's best known for making, as any humor here is extremely dark and infrequent, with it being far more of a serious action/thriller than anything else.

It's a movie that continually aims to subvert your expectations, and while the swerves it takes throughout may prove too jarring for some, they could likely prove thrilling and exciting for others. In any event, it's great to see Smith take this kind of risk and have it pay off reasonably well , as it can't be overstated how far removed it is from something like Clerks or Chasing Amy .

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6 'Hereditary' (2018)

By making one of the best - and most harrowing - horror films of the past decade, Ari Aster instantly made a name for himself as a director to keep an eye out for. Hereditary is a film that begins normally enough, with a suitably creepy atmosphere and some family drama... until it takes a turn into something far more disturbing and traumatic surprisingly early on.

After one unbelievably intense sequence, Hereditary never stops spiraling down into darkness and horror that's as sad as it is disturbing , cementing it as one of the best unpredictable movies ever. Toni Collette is phenomenal in the lead role, too, with Hereditary emerging as a film that will likely shake even the most jaded and hardened horror fans. Perhaps its uncompromising nature will inevitably mean this film isn't for everyone, but those wanting something truly soul-shattering should give it a shot.

5 'Oldboy' (2003)

Director: park chan-wook.

A renowned South Korean neo-noir film with an infamous twist most people know , Oldboy follows the story of follows Oh Dae-su ( Choi Min-sik ), a drunkard and troublemaker who's kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. When he's released out of the blue, he embarks on a quest to find the person responsible for his suffering, but soon becomes embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy.

Without spoiling its big reveal, it's not too far-fetched to say that Oldboy features some of the most impressive and flawlessly choreographed action sequences in Asian cinema. Directed by Park Chan-wook , Oldboy is also an incredibly thrilling ride that takes some dark turns until it reaches its jaw-dropping conclusion , which isn't for the faint of heart.

Oldboy (2003)

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4 'Gone Girl' (2014)

Director: david fincher.

Director David Fincher 's Gone Girl is a suspenseful psychological thriller based on Gillian Flynn 's eponymous 2012 novel. The film revolves around Nick Dunne ( Ben Affleck ), who becomes the center of a police investigation after his glamorous wife Amy ( Rosamund Pike 's career-defining role ) mysteriously disappears. As a media frenzy forms around the case, things get complicated.

That's all viewers need to know about the film before diving into the Dunnes' unforgettable story. Those who have read the award-winning book it's based on will, of course, already know what makes the narrative so unique. Audiences who can go into Fincher's incredibly gripping and intense film should consider themselves lucky they've avoided spoilers for this long (and should probably stop tempting fate and watch the movie as soon as possible).

3 'The Cabin in the Woods' (2011)

Director: drew goddard.

The Cabin in the Woods presents itself as a fairly derivative horror movie in its opening scenes. As the title implies, there's a cabin buried deep in the woods. It's isolated, spooky, and, for some reason, seen as a desirable place to visit by a group of young people, all of whom seem like standard movie stereotypes in their introductory scenes. It's the kind of premise that's been a horror staple going back decades, arguably exemplified best by 1981's The Evil Dead .

However, what the film is really about is introduced pretty quickly, and from there, the plot thickens and becomes more and more unexpected. The Cabin in the Woods never feels like a parody exactly, but does become something of a commentary on the state of horror films that calls out its audience for enjoying it. The way it explores its satirical, darkly comedic ideas is best left unspoiled, of course.

The Cabin in the Woods

2 'the menu' (2022), director: mark mylod.

In The Menu , a young couple ( Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult ) travels to a remote island to tour and eat at an exclusive restaurant known for its eccentric and reclusive celebrity chef, Julian Slowik ( Ralph Fiennes ). Chef Slowik has prepared an especially intricate menu unlike any other for that evening, which comes with some jarring surprises.

Already widely regarded as a must-see eat-the-rich movie by fans, that's all newcomers should know before watching the film. Taylor-Joy's stellar and confident performance will guide viewers through each unbelievable twist all the way to its dramatic finale. It's probably heavier on comedy than it is on genuine thriller/horror tropes, but that's arguably to the movie's credit.

1 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' (2022)

Directors: daniel scheinert and daniel kwan.

With its multiple Oscar wins, Everything Everywhere All at Once is already a film that needs no introduction. The absurdist comedy-drama film follows Evelyn Quan ( Michelle Yeoh ), a middle-aged Chinese-American immigrant who struggles to balance her hectic business, failing marriage, and messy relationship with her daughter. When she learns that the fate of the universe is in her hands, it's the last thing she needs.

Viewers can expect wild visuals, absurd comedy, a heartbreaking story, and philosophical concepts from this mind-blowing movie, with Everything Everywhere All At Once being perhaps the best movie about the multiverse so far . And all of this information is just the tip of the iceberg, and is really more than enough for audiences who have been on the fence about sitting through this intimidating film. It's a risk worth taking, and one that any cinephile definitely shouldn't miss.

Everything Everywhere All at Once

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Amazon Prime Video Schedule January 1-7 2024: New TV Shows & Movies Being Added

By Abdul Azim Naushad

Amazon Prime Video ‘s new TV and movie releases for January 1-7 2024 include Forrest Gump and Good Will Hunting.

You can now stream Forrest Gump and Good Will Hunting on Amazon Prime Video. Forrest Gump is an Oscar-winning comedy-drama film that tells the fictional life story of the title character, played by Tom Hanks, as he recounts his experiences throughout significant events in modern history. Another iconic Oscar-winner from the 90s, Good Will Hunting follows a janitor, played by Matt Damon, whose mathematical genius is discovered by an MIT professor.

Other releases during this week include the first four Mission: Impossible films, About Last Night, It’s A Wonderful Life (1947), The Bad Guys, Fruitvale Station (Freevee), and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.

New Amazon Prime Video releases for January 1-7 2024

Below are all the new TV shows and movies being added to Amazon Prime Video from January 1-7 2024.

  • 1984 (1985)
  • About Last Night (2014)
  • Airplane (1980)
  • Alfie (2004)
  • Along Came a Spider (2001)
  • Bad Boys (1995)
  • Bad Boys II (2003)
  • Bridesmaids (2011)
  • Chaplin (1993)
  • Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  • Couples Retreat (2009)
  • Cruel Intentions (1999)
  • Cry Freedom (1987)
  • Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006)
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
  • Europa Report (2013)
  • Everything You Always…Sex (1972)
  • Finding Forester (2001)
  • Fled (1996)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Good Will Hunting (1998)
  • Heaven’s Gate (1981)
  • Hoodlum (1997)
  • I Am Ali (2014)
  • I Am Bolt (2016)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (Black & White Version) (1947)
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1947)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind (2022)
  • Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (2012)
  • Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)
  • Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011)
  • Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006)
  • Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010)
  • Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007)
  • Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2007)
  • Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009)
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)
  • Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)
  • Jumanji (1995)
  • Jumping the Broom (2011)
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  • Lifeforce (1985)
  • Like a Boss (2020)
  • Little Nicky (2000)
  • Love Happens (2009)
  • Mad Max (1980)
  • Major Payne (1995)
  • Mary, Queen of Scots (1972)
  • Miles Ahead (2016)
  • Mission: Impossible (1996)
  • Mission: Impossible II (2000)
  • Mission: Impossible III (2006)
  • Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol (2011)
  • Money Train (1995)
  • Muscle Schoals (2013)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • No Good Deed (2014)
  • Non-Stop (2014)
  • Notting Hill (1999)
  • One Fine Morning (2022)
  • Pariah (2011)
  • Pitch Perfect (2012)
  • Prince Avalanche (2013)
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)
  • Red 2 (2013)
  • Rejoice and Shout (2011)
  • Return to Seoul (2023)
  • Role Models (2008)
  • Rollerball (1975)
  • Rules of Engagement (2000)
  • San Andreas (2015)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Side Effects (2013)
  • Something Wild (1986)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  • Stargate: Continuum (2008)
  • Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008)
  • Step Brothers (2008)
  • Superman II (1981)
  • Superman III (1983)
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
  • Superman Returns (2006)
  • Superman: The Movie (1978)
  • Takers (2010)
  • Teen Witch (1989)
  • The Bounty Hunter (2010)
  • The Cable Guy (1996)
  • The Death of Dick Long (2019)
  • The Eagle (2011)
  • The Giver (2014)
  • The Good Lie (2014)
  • The Gunman (2015)
  • The Killing (1956)
  • The Last House on the Left (1972)
  • The Long Goodbye (1973)
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
  • The Wedding Planner (2001)
  • The Wiz (1978)
  • Think Like a Man (2012)
  • Think Like a Man Too (2014)
  • To Sir, With Love (1967)
  • Two Can Play That Game (2001)
  • Valkyrie (2008)
  • What’s The Worst That Could Happen? (2001)
  • You, Me and Dupree (2006)
  • Zola (2021)
  • 5000 Blankets (2022) (Freevee Movies)
  • A Dog’s Journey (2019) (Freevee Movies)
  • A Dog’s Purpose (2017) (Freevee Movies)
  • Abel’s Field (2012) (Freevee Movies)
  • Baby Driver (2017) (Freevee Movies)
  • Before I Fall (2017) (Freevee Movies)
  • Captain Philips (2013) (Freevee Movies)
  • Courageous (2011) (Freevee Movies)
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012) (Freevee Movies)
  • Facing the Giants (2006) (Freevee Movies)
  • Fireproof (2008) (Freevee Movies)
  • Fruitvale Station (2013) (Freevee Movies)
  • Heaven is for Real (2014) (Freevee Movies)
  • Henry Fool (1997) (Freevee Movies)
  • Home Again (2017) (Freevee Movies)
  • How to Be a Latin Lover (2017) (Freevee Movies)
  • Legacy Peak (2022) (Freevee Movies)
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) (Freevee Movies)
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) (Freevee Movies)
  • Max Steel (2016) (Freevee Movies)
  • Miracles From Heaven (2016) (Freevee Movies)
  • Monster Family (2017) (Freevee Movies)
  • Moonrise (2022) (Freevee Movies)
  • Nerve (2016) (Freevee Movies)
  • Overcomer (2019) (Freevee Movies)
  • Ozzy (2016) (Freevee Movies)
  • Son of Bigfoot (2017) (Freevee Movies)
  • Sun Moon (2023) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Eagle Huntress (2016) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Family (2013) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Grace Card (2010) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Marksman (2021) (Freevee Movies)
  • The November Man (2014) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Perfect Match (2016) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Raid 2 (2014) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Story of Jacob and Joseph (1974) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Swan Princess: A Royal Myztery (2018) (Freevee Movies)
  • The Ugly Truth (2009) (Freevee Movies)
  • To Write Love on Her Arms (2012) (Freevee Movies)
  • Transporter 3 (2008) (Freevee Movies)
  • Peppa Pig (2004) Seasons 1-2
  • Finding Your Roots (PBS Documentaries) Season 10
  • The Bad Guys (2022)
  • Sanctuary: A Witch’s Tale (Sundance Now/AMC+)
  • Astrid (PBS Masterpiece) Season 3
  • Father Brown (BritBox) Season 11
  • James May: Our Man in India (2024)
  • Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)
  • Hit (2020) Season 3
  • Solo Levelling (Crunchyroll) Season 1
  • All Creatures Great and Small (PBS Masterpiece) Season 4
  • Miss Scarlet and the Duke (PBS Masterpiece) Season 4

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What’s New on Amazon Prime Video in January 2024

From “Fast X” to a new Lulu Wang series

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New year, new you, new movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video . The first month of 2024 brings a bevy of noteworthy titles to Prime Video, including 2023’s Jason Momoa-infused sequel “Fast X” and “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” five “Superman” movies, the animated hit “The Bad Guys” and 2023’s Saoirse Ronan-fronted sci-fi drama “Foe.”

January 2024 also brings a new series from “The Farewell” filmmaker Lulu Wang, “Expats” starring Nicole Kidman, as well as a new Kevin James stand-up special and a brand new take on “Zorro.”

January will also bring something else new to Prime Video subscribers: ads. Starting Jan. 29, there will be commercial breaks in all movies and TV shows watched on Prime Video. But you can also subscribe to an ad-free tier for an extra $2.99 a month.

Check out the full list of what’s new on Amazon Prime Video in January 2024 below.

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1984 (1985)

5000 Blankets (2022)

A Dog’s Journey (2019)

A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

Abel’s Field (2012)

About Last Night (2014)

Airplane! (1980)

Alfie (2004)

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    4/10 Surprised by all the love FeastMode 15 September 2022 This movie starts off solid and interesting. I went in knowing nothing so it was a fun ride to see what the movie is about. But as it went on I started to realize how mediocre it is, which was still mildly enjoyable for a while.

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