Review: Barbarian

Bill Skarsgård receives unexpected visitors in Barbarian.


Barbarian is about Tess (Campbell), a young woman seeking employment with a documentary filmmaker in Detroit. Since she doesn't live nearby, she rents a house, which unfortunately seems to be double-booked by Keith (Skarsgård). They decide to make the best of the situation, but strange things start happening on the very first night...

Tip: If you find a rope in the basement, don't pull it. Who knows what might appear...

As the film progresses, it becomes more deranged, intense, and disgusting, but the sense of humor remains while still genuinely frightening. It's a delicate balance that must be challenging to achieve.


Georgina Campbell plays the lead role as Tess, and around her, we see Bill Skarsgård as the tenant Keith, and Justin Long as the uninterested homeowner AJ. I was extremely skeptical about Long in particular since he typically does comedies and not horror films, but he's really good as the arrogant actor he portrays. Together with Georgina Campbell and Bill Skarsgård, the film is exceptionally well-acted.

Georgina Campbell and Justin Long in Barbarian.

Even Kate Bosworth makes a cameo appearance, although only as a voice, so it could be considered a small cameo. The city of Detroit also serves well as a "character" in the film, with its decaying streets adding to the atmosphere.


Barbarian is a genuinely entertaining and simultaneously terrifying film about the horrors that can hide where you least expect them. It is filled with disgusting scenes that are truly top-notch.

Barbarian effectively plays on our most common fears - dark spaces and what lurks within them.

This is a horror film you must watch if you even remotely enjoy horror - the entire story is of high quality, and at times it's so repulsive that you'll want to look away. Just as it should be.


Barbarian gets the score 7 out of 10.


As the film progresses, it becomes more disgusting, but it constantly strikes the perfect balance between horror, thriller, and some kind of gross comedy. The violence comes seemingly out of nowhere and then disappears just as quickly. This makes it much more thrilling.

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Grace Charlton


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