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As the fall rental season approaches, proceed with caution. You can find yourself in a situation similar to Tess’s, where you are renting a house that has been double-booked and is actually hiding something. The new horror flick Barbarian from 20th Century Fox imagines what would happen if the Airbnb you stay in had hidden doors and tunnels.
Tess, played by Georgina Campbell, is a girl who has been traveling for a while and is just trying to get some rest. But Bill Skarsgard’s character Keith ruins her plans by saying he already has a reservation at the hotel. Zach Cregger, who also directed The Whitest Kids U’Know, penned the screenplay and helmed the film.
The series wasn’t the only thing he produced for Hulu; he also worked on the documentaries Sasquatch and Comedy Zen. The producers of Barbarian are Arnon Milchan (Deep Water, The Lighthouse), Yariv Milchan (Deep Water, The Lighthouse), Michael Schaefer (Deep Water, The Lighthouse), and Alexander Skarsgard (Fortress).
Other producers include Danny Chan (Fortress), Alex Lebovici (Bill & Ted Face the Music), Natalie Lehmann (Deep Water), and Yariv Milchan (Deep Water, The Lighthouse).
We apologize in advance if this comprehensive Barbarian primer spoils your upcoming vacation.
Barbarian: the Story
As she attends job interviews in Detroit, Tess tries to check in remotely to the property she rents there. It’s late, it’s raining, and the key isn’t in the lockbox. After a failed attempt to enter the property herself, she becomes increasingly irritated and knocks on the door.
Keith claims he has been a month-long guest at the inn, and he invites her inside to investigate the mystery of the double booking.
Tess’s worst fear is about to begin. It seems that once you enter the house, you aren’t meant to leave, what with all the odd noises and the hidden door down in the basement and all. In the preview, we see her unlock the door and hear Keith’s cries for assistance. Things start to get worse as she enters the hidden path to find him.
She was meant to have the property all to herself, so it comes as an even bigger surprise when she runs across people in addition to Keith.
The hidden basement of the property is as gloomy and damp as one might imagine. There are also “bed chambers” equipped with antiquated video recorders. There are VHS tapes and an odd narrator saying things like, “The process may be overwhelming,” while brief video clips play on the TV screen.
How does it work, exactly? Now that Tess has entered the room, what will happen to her? The narrator elaborates, adding that the situation is “absolutely natural” and that the experience will improve with “practice.” In the basement of this seemingly normal American suburb, what exactly is going on?
Many issues arise from watching the trailer, but one of the most pressing concerns is Keith. Is Keith aware of what’s going on here, or is he, like Tess, a victim?
The Date of Barbarian’s Release
according to arrowfilms The film, which had an initial release date of August 31, 2022, has now been pushed back until September 9, 2022. On August 29th, 2022, the film will have its world premiere at the Arrow Video FrightFest.
Cast of Barbarian
Tess is played by Georgina Campbell, an English actress. Campbell has appeared in several films and TV shows, including the Black Mirror episode “Hang the DJ,” the Apple TV+ series Suspicion, the horror comedy All My Friends Hate Me, Guy Ritchie’s fantasy epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and the Superman prequel series Krypton.
She was only 22 when she won the Best Actress BAFTA TV Award for her performance in Murdered by My Boyfriend in 2015.
Bill Skarsgard, a Swedish actor, is well-known for his portrayal of the terrifying Pennywise the Dancing Clown in IT and IT: Chapter Two. Skarsgard has established himself as an actor outside of the IT franchise, with roles in films and television shows such as Hemlock Grove, Allegiant, Atomic Blonde, Assassination Nation, Villains, Castle Rock, Nine Days, and The Devil All The Time.
The superhero films Deadpool 2 and The Eternals both featured him in supporting parts; in the former, he portrayed the character Zeitgeist, and in the latter, he played Kro. As Keith in Barbarian, he makes a return to the horror genre.
Skarsgard is set to star in the long-awaited reboot of The Crow alongside Keanu Reeves, as well as in the highly anticipated sequel John Wick: Chapter 4 and the dystopian action film Boy Kills World.
Another well-known actor in the Barbarian cast is Justin Long. From Sam Raimi’s horror classic Drag Me to Hell to the smash sports comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Long has appeared in a wide variety of films.
The Barbarian Trailer
On June 23, 2022, the official Barbarian trailer was published by 20th Century Studios.
The extended preview follows Tess (Campbell) as she arrives at her Airbnb rental home during a thunderstorm while carrying her luggage and backpack. When she rings the doorbell, another guest named Keith (Skarsgard) answers and informs her that he had rented the property a month earlier, much to her dismay.
When a furious Tess asks what she’s supposed to do, a normal-looking Keith says, “Why don’t you come inside? We’ll refer to them as “idiots”
Tess reluctantly agrees to spend the night after some convincing from Keith, who reasons that they are both victims of double-booking and that they can work things out in the morning: I don’t think you should go exploring that area by yourself; I don’t know whether you got a good look at the neighborhood.
Awakened by her door creaking open and loud, racing footsteps, Tess hurries down to the basement where she finds a curious rope poking out of a wall. She pulls the rope, and a door slides open, revealing a cot, a video camera, and a dark corridor where she catches sight of her fellow visitor Keith, who is crawling toward her. Other victims, including one played by Justin Long, are exposed alongside Keith.
The voice of a TV narrator, hinting they are being held for the purpose of changing their conduct, provides a clue to their incarceration: “This procedure could seem daunting. But with some exercise, it may become something you look forward to. Nothing unusual about that at all.
These scary words appear in the warning: “Some stay for a night. For some, that’s a full week. In the case of some, however, it’s permanent. A listing on Airbnb with the language you would never expect to see.
In addition to the disturbing imagery, the trailer boasts that one of the film’s producers has worked on the blockbuster horror films It, The Grudge, and The Ring.
Exactly Where Can We Watch the Barbarian?
On September 9, 2022, The Barbarian will premiere in cinemas around the world via streaming. The creators of the film have not yet disclosed any details about the online video services that will be used to distribute it.
It should, however, also be made available on a premium internet service. The running time of the picture is speculated to be around 62 minutes.