‘Barbarian’ Review: A Rejuvenating Take on Contemporary Horror

Zach Cregger’s directorial and writing feature debut, “Barbaric, proves to have such dexterity when it comes to its pacing – unlike any horror movie released in the last two years, and Zach Cregger thrives on using his background in comedy to subvert expectations in a way which makes this movie a beast inside itself.

Set in suburban Detroit, Tess (Georgina Campbell) finds herself stranded in the double-booked Airbnb as she discovers the house she rented isn’t what it seems.

Cregger, who got his start in Hollywood directing low-budget comedies for Adult Swim such as The Whitest Kids You Know (2007-2011)– it certainly surprised me when I found out he was directing it. After watching it, I can say with certainty that Cregger’s ability to write and direct horror is not to be overlooked, with his horror debut being one of the scariest movies in years. .

He has also worked with a star cast, including: Bill Skarsgard, Georgina Campbell and Justin Long. The performances were extraordinary, having the dexterity and range to build the audience’s tension momentum with the extreme dichotomy of having the same pace as a steamy comedy.

Horror strikes and comedy arrives. One of the most notable factors of “Barbaric” what gave it the ability to play both ends was Zach Kuperstein’s masterful cinematography. From absurdly complex tracking shots to Fincher-like weirdness, Kuperstein’s eye is certainly capable of making any moment horrifying or absolutely absurd.

Personally, I’ve never liked horror movies, especially those of the past few years, which rely heavily on visual effects and clique tropes for relevance. However, this film gives the genre a breath of fresh air when it comes to getting back to basics using mostly hands-on techniques, as well as building suspense and subverting expectations.

Before watching the film, I took a moment to research it, watching a few teasers and trailers – but nothing prepared me for it. “Barbaric”. The marketing campaign and overall image of this movie gives you no idea of ​​the actual plot, and with the majority of the market being saturated with over-shared plots, it was truly shocking to go in and experience the movie. without any knowledge of what is to come.

“Barbaric” will remain, in my eyes, as one of the best horror films of the year starring Jordan Peele “Nope”. Everything the film does has a visceral intent and subtlety at the same time. Cregger forces you into the bowls of his mind as he proves himself to be one of the masters of modern-day horror. I hope that the future of his filmography can once again prove the level of his skill.

“Barbarian” is out in theaters now.

Artwork by Ariel Landry

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