Barbarian is a thrilling and horrifying experience from beginning to end that goes off the rails.

A young woman discovers the rental home she booked is already occupied by a stranger. Against her better judgment, she decides to spend the night but soon discovers there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest.

Barbarian is truly something else and I mean that in the best way possible, first and foremost It should be noted that going into this film knowing as little as possible or knowing nothing at all is the best way to experience the movie. The movie is filled to the brim of twists and turns, horrifying moments and actually quite disturbing ones as well. The cast is quite fantastic Georgina Campbell and Justin Long are quite great here and give some strong performances that add to the film’s atmosphere. Speaking of which the atmosphere is truly masterful which is mainly due to the mystery feel of this film, where anything could happen at any given moment. Each of the three acts really compliment the film very well and eventually lead the movie to go completely off the rails much like last year’s Malignant. The first act gives off this urban legend type feel that is truly horrifying and once again compliments the atmosphere quite well, Georgina Campbell really stands out particularly during the first act where she gives a genuinely raw performance. The filming is truly fantastic as well, with tons of up close and tight shots that give the location a lot of personality and detail. The second act does a lot of what the first act did but with Justin Long who is just as fantastic plus the movie gets more and more bizarre as it keeps going. Finally the third act is where it goes completely off the rails with truly a thrilling and horrifying ride that feels like a roller coaster, there’s so much to the film that absolutely needs to be seen to be believed. The writing is truly fantastic especially combined with the acting and the many ideas of the film that work so well. Overall Barbarian is one of the best films of the year, it’s a bizarre film that ups the ante with each passing scene. Go in knowing as little as possible!

Barbarian is available in theaters.

10/10 A+

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