Zach Cregger Reveals a Shocking and Heartbreaking Scene They Cut From a New Horror Sensation (Spoilers!)

Warning: Major Barbaric spoilers ahead!

Zach Cregger broke a screenwriting golden rule while working on BarbaricSeptember box office hit and horror sensation about a young woman, Tess (George Campbell), who shows up at his Airbnb to find he’s been double-booked – only to find out the real the horror lurks in the secret maze of Detroit house basement. He didn’t write a plan first, literally making it up as he went.

“I had written to Tess in the basement and was like, ‘What should happen? “” the The whitest kids you know comedian turned genre director and Yahoo Entertainment horror mvp tells us in a recent interview (see above).

The answer for Cregger, of course, was “a giant naked woman appears out of the darkness and smashes Tess’s (Bill Skarsgård) new roommate’s head to smithereens.”

The terrifically terrifying “The Mother”, as she is known – a character actually played by a man, Matthew Patrick Davis – is one of the main reasons Barbaric is hailed as a can’t-miss horror sensation.

Justin Long in Barbaric. (Photo: 20th Century Studios)

As Cregger explains, Mother is based on Grendel’s Mother sketches of a version of the classic Beowulf story he read as a child.

“It’s an image that has marked me all my life,” he says. “And I used that image to basically give to my creature designers and we ran from that.”

In one of the film’s most shocking scenes, Mother, the descendant of the rapist/serial killer who has long lived in the bowels of the rental, tries to breastfeed the owner of the house, canceled actor AJ (Justin Long).

But Cregger says it’s not even the most heartbreaking scene they’ve filmed.

“There was a scene that was cut from the movie where she grabs a rat, chews it up and nests it with the rat,” the director reveals. “I took him out of the script when we sent him to Justin because I didn’t want him not to take the role. But I thought, ‘When he gets to Bulgaria, I’ll see if I can. convince. And so I very delicately tried to approach him. … And he was like, ‘We have to do this. We have to do this. He was so on board. He’s the best.”

Find the scene to include in the extras of Barbaricof digital release (October 25) once it scares audiences in theaters.

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—Video produced by Kat Vasquez and edited by Luis Saenz

Watch our previous interview with Cregger and the cast:

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