BARBARIAN (2022) 55 reviews of Bill Skarsgård, Georgina Campbell horror – with a deleted scene!

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Barbarian was released on Digital and 4K UHD/Blu-ray today as well as HBO Max. 20th Century Studios has released a deleted scene via Collider to tie in with the releases. Rent or buy via Amazon Prime


‘Come for a night. Stay forever.’
is a 2022 American horror film about a young woman who reluctantly decides to stay at a double-booked home rental.

Written and directed by Zach Cregger. Produced by Roy Lee, J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules. Executive produced by Danny Chan and Alex Lebovici.

The BoulderLight Pictures-Hammerstone Studios-Almost Never Films Inc-Regency Enterprises-Vertigo Entertainment co-production features Bill Skarsgård (IT and IT: Chapter Two; Cherry; The Devil All the Time; Villains; Assassination Nation), Georgina Campbell (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; All My Friends Hate Me; Wildcat), Justin Long (The Wave; Drag Me to Hell; Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers 2), Trevor Van Uden, Jaymes Butler, Devina Vassileva, Matthew Patrick Davis, Kalina Stancheva, J.R. Esposito and Sophie Sörensen.

A young woman (Georgina Campbell) has travelled to Detroit for a job interview, having booked a house rental beforehand. But when she arrives late on a stormy evening, she discovers that the house is double-booked, and a strange young man (Bill Skarsgård) is already staying there.


Against her better judgment, she decides to stay the night but soon discovers that there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest…

Barbarian is more proof that horror can cover a whole spectrum and be a lot of different things: darkly playful, suggestive, gripping, outrageous, and ruthless […] Just go in knowing next to nothing and don’t let anyone spoil Barbarian and all of its demented delights. It’s a ride getting there.” B+ The Artful Critic

“Writer/director Zach Cregger has crafted a smart and scary film that contains some subtle social commentary that at times spans decades, and feels filled with opportunity. I was impressed with the movie, but I didn’t love it, and I’m not sure I’d recommend it to anyone outside of horror fans.” Big Fan Boy

“Creggers makes keen observations about humanity at their best and worst, then creates a visceral horror movie from them. All rules get tossed out the window, resulting in a confrontational and chilling feature that slams into you like a freight train and leaves you breathless. It’s smartly written, well crafted, and boasts a fantastic cast committed to the insanity.” 4.5 out of 5, Bloody Disgusting

“Cregger has a stunning opening 45 minutes, offering a smooth communication of his ideas and wonderful suspense involving a disturbing situation of exploration. And then it all falls apart in a way that’s more shocking than the material’s eventual reveal of evil, with Cregger trying to be clever and surprising while he quickly loses command of his unsatisfying endeavor.” 5 out of 10,

” …keeps on throwing curveballs; every time you think you’ve gotten it figured out, the film will shift again and you will find yourself once again on unfamiliar ground. The result is so delightfully disorienting that even the most cynical Randy Meeks in the crowd will find themselves baffled as to what could possibly be coming next. I have seen hundreds and hundreds of horror movies in my lifetime, and the pleasure of seeing something new is downright thrilling.” Boston Hassle

Barbarian writer/director Cregger could have paced the movie a little better since the suspense-filled tension stops in areas where the tension should have been better maintained. However, the movie has a talented cast, and the film delivers plenty of terrifying and ominous moments that should satisfy most horror fans.” Culture Mix

” …apart from it being a wild ride, it’s also really good. The trio of Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård and Justin Long are perfectly cast in their roles. Campbell gives the complete performance; at times she displays vulnerability but she is never the damsel. Skarsgård is able to convey creepy and charming in the same heartbeat, and Long, well, a lot of people have waited a long time to see a performance like this.” 4 out of 5, Daily Dead

“Director Zach Cregger has primarily worked in comedies. Although Barbarian is darkly comedic, it avoids becoming a satire of itself like the Scream sequels. It’s self-aware without flaunting its self-awareness. The film’s commentary is also clever without being on the nose.” 4 out of 5, Flickreel


” …there is a lot of text and subtext that can be mined from the premise, but at the end of the day, its roots are firmly planted in 80s horror. The practical effects are top-notch here and really took me back to the glory days of the genre. Zach Cregger took a very simple premise and with skill and keen direction crafts a skin-crawling, tense and wholly engaging film.” 8 out of 10, Geek Vibes Nation

“As Barbarian progresses, and as my interest diminished, it becomes clear that the secretive trailer is less artful withholding and more deliberate deception, because if more cards were laid out on the table, the majority would baulk at the very silly game being played. The big secret here is that sadly it’s not very good.” 2 out of 5, The Guardian

“The backstory highlights who the real barbarians in the film are, and I wish they had more of a comeuppance than what they got on screen. I feel like the movie dropped the ball by trying to add a MeToo angle to the plot that ultimately did not pay off […] Some gross-out gags will make you squirm in your seat, and there are points where you don’t know if you should laugh or just silently cringe. The film was entertaining, but the campiness and absurdity got a bit too much for me.” Irish Film Critic

“What could start to feel disjointed and episodic instead congeals into a bizarre and brutal minefield of surprises […] Certain choices feel ridiculous and breaks of levity keep the film from being as disturbing as maybe it should be, given the content. But most of that is forgivable, mainly because of the surprises Cregger has for us, and the nimble way he brings them out of hiding.” 3.5 out of 5, Maddwolf


Barbarian allows Cregger to prove himself a skilled crafter of horror. Some of it is in the unpredictable and occasionally cheeky nature of his screenplay, but most of it is just a matter of solid, clever craft.” Mark Reviews Movies

“The cast is top-notch, with Justin Long in a killer supporting role. While Barbarian could have elaborated more on a few of its trap-door backstories, I came away with the sense that Cregger’s not done with addressing the evil that dwells below and above. It’s one of the best horror films of 2022 and one of the best feature debuts of the year.” 3.5 out of 4, The Mercury News

“While it was very well made, the story wanders and there’s even an abrupt scene for a while of a completely different character that seems irrelevant to the rest of the movie. The character is some repairman driving around and visiting neighbors […] The Barbarian itself is not entirely explained either but looks cool.” 6 out of 10, MJB784

“It’s not a spoiler to say that Barbarian is front-loaded with enough material where you could see options open for further films should the movie become a hit. Beginning, ending, tangential side-to-side, Creeger has wisely written his movie to be a bit amorphous so that it can stand on its own but could easily be pulled into another direction should the studio want more.” The MN Movie Man

Barbarian is an unforgettable film and, as I mentioned above, the most surprising film of the year. It has a sharp bite to it and will make the audience laugh just as much as it’ll make them shriek in disgust. The entire cast brings everything they have to their respective roles with a stand-out performance by Justin Long.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“Ultimately, Barbarian is a film that takes some big swings and connects more often than not. Setting it in Detroit, a place where society has broken down to such an extent that its people are sure to follow, was a brilliant choice. The societal rot is a perfect metaphor for the darkness that we all fight to stamp down.” 3 out of 5, Punch Drunk Critics


“While the source of horror in Cregger’s script isn’t original, the way he has constructed it and some of his underlying psychological motivations make everything feel fresh […] Cregger may be a first timer, but one gets the sense everyone he hired, both in front of and behind the camera, has given him their best.  We may have to suspend disbelief once or twice, but Cregger has given us something different and done so with the confidence of an auteur in the making.” Grade: B, Reeling Reviews

” …it’s time to check out the basement, which, no big spoilers here, but you probably wouldn’t want to go down there, or past the door that can be opened with a strand of rope. Effective dread comes in various sizes from this story, sometimes due to pushy plotting. And yet the creepy mysteries and wacky reveals are plenty visceral in Barbarian, even when they get willfully dumb. ”

“The first half of Barbarian expertly cranks up the tension in psychological and atmospheric ways, all so that the second can hit us with all manner of bizarre and twisted sights that range from nervously amusing to genuinely horrifying. From minute one, Cregger demonstrates that he knows exactly what he’s doing.” Rue Morgue

“Suspenseful throughout and keeps you guessing. Suffers a bit from stupid protagonist syndrome, but enjoyable nonetheless.” Ryan, Letterboxd

” …effective uses of empathy and humour alongside tension and creepiness, all making up a wild ride which highlights Cregger as an exciting voice in cinema. Go into this one blind, stay for the perfectly chosen end-credits song, and spend the aftermath wondering what just happened.” The Reviewing Rodders

“While I didn’t find the film particularly scary, I will say that I had an investment in the story. Zach Creeger takes his time to get to the big reveal and uses standard horror movie tropes. However, one particular trope comes off as forced, and I would’ve changed it for a more effective scare.” Grade: C, Reviews and Dunn

“Campbell turns in good work as the film’s protagonist, successfully anchoring the story. Meanwhile, the supporting cast all bring a unique spark to the film. Cregger’s feature benefits from stellar production design that truly allows him to create deeply suspenseful moments. Barbarian draws you to the edge of your seat and knows how to keep you there.” 3.5 out of 5, Showbiz Cheatsheet

“Mentioning a social issue is not the same as dealing with it or addressing it in any depth. Overall, Barbarian is a fun time, although it could have been even more of a fun time if it wasn’t so busy trying to be something it isn’t. If you’re looking for a nice way to kill two hours on a day with nothing better to do…” Tilt

“Cregger’s movie is actually scary thanks to his focus on atmospheric tension, circumstantial peril and his cast’s body language. Barbarian regularly suckers you into letting your guard down because it earns your suspension of disbelief throughout, and then winds up being exactly as upsetting and mean as it needs to be. Once it gets going, Barbarian does not let up, despite its many narrative digressions and tonal shifts.” The Wrap


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In the US and Canada, 20th Century Studios and New Regency released Barbarian theatrically on September 9, 2022 (click for more same-day releases).

Barbarian will be released in UK cinemas on October 28, 2022.


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