But seriously, if you haven’t seen “The Barbarian” yet, I recommend watching it with an HBO Max subscription before reading any further. It’s worth the surprises!
After “The Barbarian” impressed at the box office last month, the horror movie has already become available on streaming, leading to a whole new wave of viewers who have experienced its terrifying premise. It’s one of those movies where you just have to reach out to someone to say “What the fuck” and people take to Twitter to talk about the wild release.
“The Barbarian” is one of the most reviewed films of 2022 (in our review we gave it 4 out of 5 points), so obviously when it hit HBO Max, people were going to tune in to it. Here’s one accurate description of what it’s like to watch a barbarian:
— La Flaca🥀 (@___missnia) October 26, 2022
The marketing for the barbarian was extremely clever. The trailer made everyone believe that they were going to a completely different movie than it really is. For example, many people probably thought that Bill Skarsgard would become a villain after playing Pennywise in the “It” movies. Also, the actual creature hiding in the Airbnb basement is such an unexpected discovery.
My reaction after watching Keith getting his head smashed against a wall multiple times by a naked big titty psycho woman this movie is something else not Bill 😩😭😭 #Barbarian pic.twitter.com/A3KMGth1o2
— Florenceeaumaa (@florenceeaumaa) October 20, 2022
During a video interview with CinemaBlend “The Barbarian”, we talked with screenwriter and director Zack Kregger about what he inspired to create the film, which he compared to Grendel from “Beowulf”. Yes, once you see that breastfeeding scene between the creature and Justin Long, you’ll never be the same either.
A lot of talk about the “Barbarian” revolved around how funny the main characters were who climbed into the deep dark basement of Airbnb when there were clear signs of danger. But hey, if everyone was smart in horror movies, we wouldn’t have these nightmare scenarios. You often don’t get into such situations by looking both ways and doing all your research. This roughly sums it up:
rewatching barbarian and counting all the dumb decisions this woman makes pic.twitter.com/ENVfEcVfhY
— plum (@plumithia) October 26, 2022
The Barbarian especially received a lot of praise for how unexpected he is. The film cleverly has two beginnings that bring two different characters into the same house (and they both find completely different tones in all of this). Justin Long, in particular, brings a bit of comedy to the film after Georgina Campbell and Bill Scargard’s Tess and Kit begin the film. As another Twitter user praised:
BARBARIAN: I'm not breaking any new ground with this tweet, but how absolutely delightful it is to watch a movie in which I had *zero* idea what would happen next.
Also FYC, Justin Long.
— Noah Gittell (@noahgittell) October 26, 2022
However, not everyone was impressed by the big turns. Perhaps it was all too hyped up for some to expect their brains to explode:
I thought barbarian was going to have some big cool twist but it’s just another guy with a basement rape dungeon.
— Ally Maynard (@allymayn) October 15, 2022
Although it seems that the transition of “The Barbarian” from cinemas to streams was shorter than usual, it happens just in time for Halloween, when viewers are especially ready to get a little scared. “The Barbarian” remains one of the wildest and most memorable films of 2022, so it’s no surprise that people are now discussing it on social media.