The new Barbarian trailer released by 20th Century Studios features IT star Bill Skarsgård and Broadchurch star Georgina Campbell. Even though we’re used to seeing Skarsgård as the villain, it seems the tables are turned in this upcoming horror.
The trailer sees Tess (Campbell) arriving at her suburban Airbnb on a rainy night with no way to get in. After ringing the doorbell, a man named Keith (Skarsgård) answers the door, informing Tess that he is currently renting the home even though she booked it a month prior.
Tess decides to stay with Keith, and a romantic song is playing while she’s in the house. The scene leads you to believe that it could be setting up an old-fashioned romantic comedy. However, Campbell’s character is startled in the night at the sound of strange footsteps only to discover Keith is not there.
Soon after that, Tess decides to go explore the basement of the house, and finds a mysterious back door that can only be opened with a rope. Of course, like any good horror, she has to open it. Leading to a sort of underground prison in the basement, where Tess finds Keith and other people trapped. After the trailer ends, a robotic voice says “this process might seem overwhelming.”
In a somewhat surprising twist, the writer/director of Barbarian is best known for his work in the comedy troupe The Whitest Kids You Know and the 2009 comedy Miss March. Barbarian appears to be Zach Cregger’s latest example of comedic talent successfully crossing over into more harrowing circumstances.
In an interview with the New York times Cregger said;
“The best comedy and horror feel like they take place in reality. You have a rule or two you are bending or heightening, but the world around it is real. I felt like everything I learned in comedy I could apply to this movie….In horror, the second you have people doing something you know they wouldn’t do, you lose the audience. With Get Out, what needed to be believable was the protagonist’s intentions. Why he’s there. I followed the Rosemary’s Baby–Stepford Wives model of inching into this crazy situation and alongside, justifying how the character is rationalizing staying.”The New York Times
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