If you love horror movies that are frightening and keep you on your feet, "Barbarian" could be something to add to your fall watch list. This movie is just another level of horror I truly didn't expect.
Set in Detroit, Michigan, a young woman discovers her booked rental home is occupied by someone already. Against her better judgment she spends the night, having no other choice. She soon discovers there's more to fear than an unexpected stranger.
The American horror was directed by actor Zach Cregger and features Bill Skarsgård, known for playing the clown in the film “IT.”
What I loved
The way this film was made is spectacular, taking transitions to the next level with eeriness, humor, and horror all wrapped into one.
As far as characters, viewers don't get the chance to see them on much of an intellectual level, but can feel their emotions and know them intimately that way. It's a film that allows the ability to put yourself in the characters shoes and are screaming right along with them.
The actors did a brilliant job of either making you love or hating their character.
What I didn't love
On the other hand, I do wish the film was longer. I feel like there could have been a lot more information without losing the flow of the movie, and overall would've made it better content wise. We get a lot of information on things that don't seem important, but not a lot of clarity on some things we want, and also get left with some cliffhangers. I guess this movie doesn't wrap everything up nicely, and you can see that as either good or bad (depending on what you like).
I truly don’t have a lot of bad things to say about the film, but without giving a lot away, one character is so infuriating I wish I could’ve pulled them through the screen. Now it’s less of a bad thing and rather a good thing that a character can evict such emotion in a person, but nonetheless, one of the only bad opinons I can come up with.
While there is a good amount of gore in this film, it feels necessary and adds an extra layer to things, which personally really surprised me. I wish some plot points were developed a bit more, and had some more run-time added overall.
If you wanna gain the ability to not trust anything anymore, and be truly scared out of your mind (especially Michiganders), then I highly recommend this film.
I give "Barbarian" a 9 out of 10.