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Movie Review by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws

Barbarian

20th Century Studios, BoulderLight Pictures, Hammerstone Studios, Almost Never Films Inc., Regency Enterprises and Vertigo Entertainment present an R rated, 102-minute, Horror, Thriller, directed and written by Zach Cregger with a theater release of September 9, 2022.

Tess (Georgina Campbell) traveled to Michigan for an interview of a life time and instead of staying at a hotel she booked an Airbnb instead. One problem though, when she arrives at the location there is a man already in the house. It seems that Keith (Bill Skarsgard) has arrived first and Bonnie Zane (Sophie Sorenson) has double booked the location. I must say that Tess did everything by the book before agreeing to stay there but when she comes home from her interview life in the house takes a scary and deadly turn. Tess realizes she has more to be afraid of then Keith.

They are not alone in the house and the Mother (Matthew Patrick David) is quite aware of who is in the rental home that was once occupied solely by Frank (Richard Brake). Frank had a very dark past that eventually has come to haunt him as well. Hollywood man AJ (Justin Long) finds out he has to liquidate his properties in Michigan because he is being sued. So, he travels to Michigan overnight to his home, which happens to be the same Airbnb. When he gets there though strange things begin to get discovered and he soon finds himself in the same hell as others have that came before him.

The film is well directed and written but like most horror films lacks total originality. I will stay the creepy, strange and intense situations will keep you on the edge of your seat. Although if that were real life and, in most cases, a ‘nope’ or ‘hell no’ would be my strong enough objective to high tail it out of that house and creepy neighborhood. The really mentally distressing fact of most of this film is that it really could happen to you so people be aware and learn what is stupid and what is right by watching this scary movie. The strangeness starts in the beginning and the intensity builds right to the very end. I really believe this film will make money because word of mouth will keep it alive longer than the people in that house. It has a creepy score, enough darkness to cause anticipation and an underlife to just freak you out. I just could not get past some of the stupidity of the characters in the story especially the police though!

Campbell is awesome, damn girl I know you’re tough but in some situations it best to say hell no and get the hell out of there. Skarsgard is the perfect stranger with a high amount of likeability but still enough uncertainty to keep one’s distance. I love Long and he does not disappoint but you may see a resemblance to one of his other thriller flicks. No animals depicted in this film thankfully.

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