‘Barbarian’ Horror With Airbnb Nightmare
In the new horror film “Barbarian,” Tess (Georgina Campbell) arrives at her Airbnb one dark and stormy night only to find a strange man already in the house, claiming to be its rightful renter.
What’s a girl to do with a double-booking dilemma, an inviting stranger and nowhere else to go? Will fate swing this arguably alarming meet-cute into classic rom-com territory?
Alas, Tess’ nightmare begins the moment she steps inside, lets her guard down & shares a bottle of wine with Keith in writer-director Zach Cregger’s delightfully twisted foray into horror.
In theaters today, “Barbarian” is a raucous descent with multiple surprises best left unspoiled — but they do involve a creepy basement and monstrous secrets deep beneath the surface.
Best known as an actor and co-founder of the sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’ Know, Cregger expertly orchestrates the fright ride of the season,
citing cinematic inspirations from Takashi Miike’s “Audition” to Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead 2” and “Drag Me to Hell.”
The script’s wild twists and turns also hooked Campbell, who landed on Cregger’s radar after starring in the “Hang the DJ” episode of “Black Mirror” and gives a breakout performance in “Barbarian.”