It’s a dark and stormy night, and Tess Marshall (Georgina Campbell) is in rustbelt Detroit for a job interview. She’s booked a house in a nigh-derelict neighborhood through an Airbnb-type service, and the well-kept little bungalow is the only intact property on an otherwise apocalyptic street.

Unfortunately, the place has been double booked, and Keith Toshko (Bill Skarsgård) is already there, having snagged the joint through another app. He’s a bit awkward and borderline creepy, but the weather is coming in hard, all the hotels in the city are booked due to some kind of convention on that weekend, and turning up to her interview after sleeping in her car will do her no favors. Weighing up the risks, she steps inside …

Now, in a rom-com, this would be a meet-cute, and it’s easy to imagine Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts ringing the doorbell in a ‘90s programmer. But Barbarian, which comes to us from comedy veteran and debuting solo* feature director Zach Cregger, The Whitest Kids U’ Know (2007 – 11), is a horror movie which gives us a whole different set of expectations. Keith could be a serial killer, for one thing. But Cregger takes us in a stranger, smarter, and more terrifying direction than that.

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