Barbarian: Movie Review

Barbarian Movie Review: Horror Gone Wild

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Much like its twisty and dark tunnels, "Barbarian" was a wild ride into the unknown with surprises and undeniable scares along its path. This is the kind of film that audiences should experience with a packed cinema if they get a chance to - no doubt. It was crazy, it was funny, it was fresh, and it was damn right terrifying. 

In town for a job interview, Tess (Georgina Campbell) arrives at her Airbnb late at night only to find that it has been mistakenly double-booked with another man calling himself Keith (Bill Skarsgård). Out in the cold and nowhere else to go, she decides to stay the night even it was against her better judgement. But she soon discovers that there is so much more to be afraid of in the house other than the house guest.

"Barbarian" is the kind of film that you'll never really guess what happens from one scene to next. And considering that it even has the audacity to play and prod with conventional horror tropes, the film achieves something special indeed. Part of this was Zach Cregger's in-your-face cinematography as audiences find themselves right in the eyes of our characters - seeing what they are seeing and the unseen terrors that lurk in the dark. Even watching this on streaming, the tension was undeniable and palpable even at the comfort of our home. So if you have the opportunity to watch this with a group of friends or even hundreds of people in a cinema - just do it. We have to admit though that "Barbarian" had some issues also. We just hated how Tess (played by Georgina Campbell) made stupid decision after stupid decision. The film was also a tense-filled rush in its first three quarters but completely rushed in its climactic and revelatory last quarter. In any case, these faults are very minor in what "Barbarian" was able to achieve. If you could pick one film this Halloween to watch, this should be it.   

Rating: 4 and a half reels

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