Firstly, sorry this review of Barbarian is late, I didn’t get the chance to see it in the cinema, but it is now on streaming, so this is my review.
I have a bit of a small issue with this review because I was lucky enough to go into this completely blind, I don’t think I even saw the trailer. I knew nothing about this movie at all.
What I will say about the story is from the synopsis:
A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems.
That’s all I’m going to say, so I don’t spoil anything. What I can say, without ruining things too much is that this is a great horror movie. It is creepy, it is funny, and it had me on the edge of my seat at times.
Barbarian is written and directed by Zack Cregger, another relative newcomer, but he nails this so well. There are a lot of very dark sequences, which makes it creepy, but I found I was struggling to see what was in the dark.
This isn’t a bad thing, since it had me on the edge of my seat and I was watching the movie with all the lights off, I would recommend watching this in the daytime.
I’m not going to say who stars in the movie, since I didn’t know, it was nice to see a couple of familiar faces turn up and join in the ‘fun’.
Again, without spoiling too much, I would say that Barbarian is bat-shit crazy, with a gentle build in the atmosphere, and some genuinely scary moments, but a story that keeps you gripped. I haven’t seen anything this good in a while and it’s a real pearl to find in all that crap that’s out there.
If you like a good horror, a tense edge-of-your-seat thriller, you’ll love this and probably mildly regret watching it once you get to the end of Barbarian, hehe.