Barbarian acts as a renter and Bill Skarsgard (It) as her unexpected rental-house owner who is the victim of or the perpetrator of something terrible.
Campbells character opens the trailer with a job interview while knocking on the door of the rental house she is set to stay in. To her surprise, the pair discover that the property was double booked. However, Skarsgards is a bit bit ruthless, but she can stay there till the morning. Then, weird things happen.
The movie is set to go mainstream in full horror-trailer mode. A Parasite-esque basement is revealed, complete with hidden doors and ropes. There is a montage of running and exploring by phone flashlight (the battery will surely die), as well as some blood and general screaming. The trailer is kind enough to enclose plenty of mysteries for the actual movie, which will be released on August 12.
While the trailer itself is pretty good, its descriptions are a little odd. For example, why is Justin Long in this trailer 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 it comes from a producer of It and a executive producer of The Grudge, which is amusingly and evidently specific.
Barbarian is directed and written by Zach Cregger of Whitest Kids UKnow, a sketch comedy company. While Cregger has never directed a horror project before, Jordan Peele (Get Out, Nope) is proof that transitioning from sketch comedy to horror is relatively straightforward.