What the Barbarian Director Thinks of the Wild Internet Theories He Read About the Horror Film
Barbaric resembles (and begins) with the simple premise of a woman who finds herself in a sticky situation when the Airbnb she books is already occupied by another person. In an optimistic gesture, she decides to spend the night. But there’s a lot more to it next horror movie than the trailer does, and the internet has already theorized what the real plot might be. Yes, Barbaric writer/director Zach Cregger reads your ideas.
When CinemaBlend spoke to Cregger about the movie, we first talked about the smart Barbaric trailer it won’t prepare you for the actual plot of the film. When asked if he was behind the misleading ad, here’s what the filmmaker shared with us:
Yes, it’s technically a Disney movie, but by way of 20th century studios. But believe me, I wrote CinemaBlend’s Barbaric exam, and it’s way crazier and more brutal than I expected from the pictures shown. As Zach Cregger shared, he wasn’t involved in the making of the trailer, but it was exactly what he wanted viewers to have before diving into it. The audience who saw Barbaric so far called it “crazy” and “fun”, with overall, critics also appreciate the film. As for pre-release internet theories, here’s what Cregger had to say:
In the comments of Barbaric trailer, there are a ton of people praising what little the movie look tells them. We’re so used to seeing previews online or before we see another movie in theaters, and we feel like we already know the movie’s entire plot. Already, audiences are making some chilling connections that Zach Cregger didn’t even realize and shared real elements of the movie that go with things he didn’t intend to do.
It’s clear that horror fans are really into it. A popular topic of conversation ahead of release is whether Bill Skarsgård will be the film’s villain. Fans of the genre, of course, know him as Pennywise in the THIS movies, and he’s the man Georgina Campbell’s character ends up being double-booked with in Barbaric. Also, Justin Long is in the movie, but he’s barely teased in the trailer itself. What role does he even play?
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