BARBARIAN is a well-produced but bizarre horror film marked by excessive gore, strong foul language and disturbing imagery. The worldview presents a hopeless view of life with no example of good and an empty ending that leaves the audience with nothing but shock and awe of extreme violence and heart-pounding moments. There’s a brief commentary on how America lets an entire city crumble. BARBARIAN’s desperate worldview, coupled with the film’s graphic and disturbing content, is obnoxious and excessive.
Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:
A very strong pagan worldview emphasizes evil above good and leaves viewers with a hopeless story that lacks substance apart from its disturbing content.
At least 27 obscenities (including many “f” words), several strong profanities and several light profanities, plus a character who vomits after getting drunk
Not only is the violence pervasive, but it is also intensely bloody, as the character bangs another character’s head against a wall until it is unrecognizable, tapes are found that indicate the torture of women and men. other acts of sexual violence against women such as rape, the “Monster” in the film gouges out the character’s eyes and rips out the skull and rips out the arm, the more one character is shot, another character shoots himself in the head off-screen and intense atmosphere with lots of scares and perils
No sex represented, but there are discussions around sex, always in a violent context
“The Monster” appears to be a naked woman throughout the film, it is later revealed that the nudity is a latex costume, but the costume is always explicit Drinking/Abuse: Characters visit a bar and get drunk
Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Besides its obvious excess of violence and gore, the real concern comes from the general lack of hope, goodness or virtue of any kind.
BARBARIAN is a new horror-thriller starring Bill Skarsgård, known for his role in IT, and Georgina Campbell, known for the controversial BLACK MIRROR series. The story follows a woman and a man who separately rent an Airbnb in a poor Detroit neighborhood, then discover a secret room in the basement, after which a horrifying truth about the house begins to unfold to the unlikely duo. BARBARIAN is a well-produced but bizarre thriller marred by excessive gore, strong foul language, disturbing imagery, and an empty, hopeless ending.
A young woman named Tess rents an Airbnb in a run-down Detroit neighborhood. Arriving at the Airbnb, Tess cannot find the key to let her in. She soon discovers that the owner of the Airbnb has double-booked the space, but Keith, the current resident, lets her stay the night.
The night is awkward and the two strangers don’t trust each other, but Tess arrives in the morning without any danger. However, while looking for the bathroom, Tess finds herself trapped in the basement of the house. There, Tess discovers that the basement is not the first floor of the house, but goes deeper.
After a brief investigation, Tess is dismayed to find that the hidden room appears to have been a place of torture and harm. Keith goes down to investigate with Tess but is separated from her. As the two uncover the darkest depths of the house, they discover that they are not alone and the horrors of the house seem to be endless.
BARBARIAN is a bizarre, well-produced horror film marked by excessive gore, strong foul language, and disturbing imagery. The worldview presents a hopeless view of life with no example of good and an empty ending that leaves the audience with nothing but shock and awe of extreme violence and heart-pounding moments. There’s a brief commentary on how America lets an entire city crumble. Because of its immoral content and hopeless worldview, MOVIEGUIDE® considers BARBARIAN to be excessive and hateful.