2022 has been a decent year for horror films and has contributed a great mix of diverse films to the genre. with hits like food menuAnd scream 5And noAnd smilingthere was something for everyone whether you enjoy supernatural fright, murder films, or psychological horror Terrifying 2 He also made sure that the Bloodsucking fans were happy, too. In the midst of all this came a movie called barbaricAnd which included a marketing campaign that promised something dark and terrifying that caused audience members in special screenings to walk out of the cinema.

Aside from this, the trailer deliberately didn’t offer anything else, ensuring audiences were filled with anticipation by the time the film hits major theaters. The movie delivered itself with pretty much the thrills it promised, but not in the way most viewers expected. Instead, its real artistry came courtesy of how it subverts expectations to provide a cohesive blend of psychological horror, jump scares, and gruesome moments that transcend traditional supernatural horror. in the end, barbaric It proved to be one of the best horror films of the year and was a hit with critics as well as it has a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you were wondering why horror fans loved the movie so much, this was the scariest moment.

10 atmosphere from the start

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If you go cold on this movie, all you’ll know about it is that it has a terrifying reputation and it gets named barbaric. The opening scene instantly sets the tone for psychological horror as it begins with a beautiful young woman arriving at a creepy Airbnb during a storm, only to find that it’s apparently double booked and there’s actually a male occupant staying there.

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Knowing that the movie is called barbaric And seeing a beautiful woman forced to spend the night with a stranger, or stranded outside in a dodgy neighborhood during a storm, instantly provides some serious stress. It also becomes a catalyst for misdirection as it implores viewers to wonder if the strange man is “the barbarian.”

9 Bill Skarsgard plays the stranger

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Georgina Campbell was the main lead, playing a beautiful woman who ends up being forced to spend the night with a stranger. She plays the role so well because the doe’s eye expression conveys her inner vulnerability despite the suspicious and assertive manner in which she initially portrays her. Adding to all the suspense it was a great choice. That’s because Bill Skarsgård played the stranger. Skarsgård is of course world famous for playing Pennywise in He. She films.

That fact alone makes his presence in the movie scary enough. However, let’s face it, even when he’s not in clown makeup, Bill Skarsgård looks kind of creepy anyway with his deadpan expression and cold smile. Just seeing him on film instantly injects him with a creepy undertone that forces viewers to wonder if he might be a murderer, and what he might be planning to do with this poor woman who stumbled across there.

8 Tess chase

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After the first night sets viewers off to the unknown, the next, a noticeably softer tone throws you off the beaten track again. This time, Tess goes for an interview nearby, but when she re-enters the street, she soon realizes she may have made a huge mistake by choosing the house she did.

The first heart-rending scene ensues when a homeless man chases her as she heads home. As scary as that was, it was nothing compared to the fact that there were hints that he was trying to warn her, rather than attack her. This means, that it is indeed the house that carries the danger, and now she has returned to it.

7 the way it unfolds

Barbary Street in Barbary
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One of the best aspects barbaric is the way you mislead the viewers. Now that she has seen the house from the outside during the day, main character Tess learns that the street they were staying on is dilapidated and appears to have been abandoned long ago. This only adds to the dangerous sense of being trapped and isolated in it. Throughout the time the two are alone in their Airbnb, tension builds and viewers don’t know where everything is headed because the trailers for the movie have been deliberately vague.

While the early scenes take place in the house, which is spacious and well-lit, Tess soon finds herself in a creepy claustrophobic place shrouded in darkness, where her discomfort is palpable. Darkness all around, you find signs that something horrific has happened here, while an unknown danger seems to lurk around every corner as the cinematography plays brilliantly in these aspects.

6 twists

Campbell and Long in The Barbarian
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Every time you think a movie is related to where it might be headed, it changes on you again. After some truly haunting moments where Tess learns that something terrifying lurks in the hidden parts of the house, the movie gives viewers a brief reprieve from its intensity. By the second half, a poignant flashback scene completely changes the narrative and shows us the previous history of the house and who lived there.

We were then presented with some spooky thoughts as to why such a malevolent aura had appeared in the house from the start. Before we know it, the movie completely shifts again as we learn that it’s actually the story of two people whose lives converge at home. All this maintains a fascinating guessing game that ups the fear factor of who or what a “barbarian” actually is.

5 Possibilities

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Discovering the sickening truth that the house has hidden rooms provides Tess with some shocking clues to what she might actually be up against. The condition of the room you found and the objects around it, along with other clues, point to horrific possibilities. It could be a place where murders took place, sexual slavery, or something worse.

The fact that Tess is a young and vulnerable woman herself makes this moment even more unsettling. This is confirmed when Keith is lost and the new character introduced in the sequel enters the fray. We soon learn that something is up there, and it’s brutal.

4 The real horror

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So the fact that the movie contains an apocalyptic entity makes some of the moments very scary indeed. However, probably the scariest part of the movie is the extent of what it all really meant and what really went on in this house over the decades. We learn that there may have been dozens of ruthless crimes committed there, but the number of victims and what they may have all endured is up to the viewer to contemplate.

All of this makes for some revolting ideas because the movie forces you to imagine the history of the house and all that led up to the present. At this point the darkness, and the frightful thing that terrifies the house, and the danger it presents, has already wracked your nerves. This moment deals with psychological elements that combine to make the movie even more terrible than it first appeared.

3 Feeding Justin Long

Justin Long in The Barbarian
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Justin Long has become something of a horror icon since he’s been in quite a few now. appearing in the second part of barbaric He changes the movie again and throws it straight into her mix. When he enters Airbnb and finds signs that someone is actually staying there, there is a palpable sense of anxiety and fear as he finds the hidden rooms and enters them to investigate.

He soon reunites with Tess who confirms the nightmarish truth, that something awful is out there with them. Soon we get the full onslaught of this monstrous entity known as the “Mother”. One of the most skin-crawling scenes is when the mother gets her hands on Long’s character, AJ, and force-feeds him in a deeply unsettling fashion.

2 Final scenes

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The more outrageous parts of the movie are actually more thematic than anything else. Though the horrific truth of what haunted and mutilated them is finally revealed, AJ’s actions throughout provide a disturbing question as to who the real monster actually is.

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In the final scenes, “Mother” becomes more human while AJ metaphorically takes her place as a monster of sorts. However, in between these realizations, we witness some massive jump scares and heart-stopping sequences where he and Tess have to fight for their lives while being pursued by “Mommy.”

1 The basis in fact

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There is a reason why barbaric It has such a high rating, and it has nothing to do with how scary it is, at least not in the traditional horror movie sense. The scariest part of the movie is how it parallels the strange creature with monsters that actually exist in real life. We first learn that AJ is an actor who has been accused of sexually assaulting a co-star. His vehement denials and indignation at the accusation are so convincing, they seem to suggest that it may be some kind of witch-hunt or act of revenge against him.

However, he later drunkenly lets out the truth which is really shocking. Even worse, “mother” isn’t the only person in the house’s hidden rooms. The movie contains another monster, and this monster has been terrorizing women for decades before Tess enters the house. In the end, the movie proves in an thematic way that its true genius lies in the fact that it’s actually an allegory for #MeToo.


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