A film opens with a young woman arriving at a quaint Airbnb in the heart of a dark and stormy night only to discover that a mild-mannered and mysterious young man has also booked the place. That usually means one of two things. Either the hapless strangers will fall in love, or some balls-to-the-wall terrifying shit is about to go down. In Zach Cregger’s solo feature directorial debut Barbarian, you can bet that it’s the latter.
In this case, the young woman in question is Tess (Georgina Campbell), an aspiring filmmaker visiting Detroit for a job interview. The stranger is Keith (Bill Skarsgård), a seemingly amiable and chivalrous bloke who kindly offers to let Tess take the bed while he sleeps on the couch to save her from weathering the Detroit streets by herself late at night.
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