A renter''s Airbnb stay is a fantastic fit for an infinite amount of terror, and Barbarian seems to be sticking to the concept for its creepy premise. Barbarian stars Georgina Campbell (Black Mirror) and Bill Skarsgard (It) as their unexpected rental-house occupant who is either the source of or the victim of something terrible.
Campbells character opens the trailer with a job interview while knocking on the door of the rental house she intends to stay in. To her surprise, the Skarsgards character opens the door and the couple discover that the house was double booked. So she agrees to stay in the house until the morning before the changes.
The whole movie is now in full horror-trailer mode. A Parasite-esque basement is discovered, complete with hidden doors and ropes. There''s a montage of running, exploring by phone flashlight (the battery will surely die), as well as some blood and general screaming. But the trailer is kind enough to offer plenty of possibilities for the actual film, set to go on theaters on August 12.
While the trailer itself is pretty good, its lines are a little odd. For example, why is Justin Long on Earth for all of two seconds, cowering on a concrete floor with a flashlight in his hand? It''s either a great red herring or a preview of his fate. The trailer also boasts that its from a producer of It and a executive producer of The Grudge, who is amusingly and conspicuously specific.
Barbarian is directed and written by Zach Cregger of Whitest Kids UKnow, a sketch comedy company. While Cregger has never previously directed a horror project, Jordan Peele (Get Out, Nope) is proof that the transition from sketch comedy to horror can work quite well.