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Bárbaro shows that the renewal of the horror genre is possible

Horror movies, when they are well thought out, planned and executed, have the advantage that they keep us in constant tension. think of Psychosis or in The glow. It is not the truculence, but the armed plot that terrifies us the most.

Okay, Barbarian not even up to the knees of those masterpieces of the genre, due to hitchcock Already kubrick, but plan and propose something different. Something that is enough to differentiate it from most of the productions of the made in Hollywood genre that arrive almost week after week on the billboard.

Georgina Campbell, tenant of a house with secrets... Disney Photos

Georgina Campbell, tenant of a house with secrets… Disney Photos

For starters, the tempos. In Barbarianuntil something really creepy happens, it’s going to be several minutes.

Tess (Georgina Campbell) arrives one stormy night at what will be her home in a neighborhood far from downtown Detroit. She rented it through Airbnb, and discovers that another person, Keith, lives there. Evidently there was a confusion, because both have the papers to be the tenants.

Bill Skarsgård, the clown Pennywise from Andy Muschietti

Bill Skarsgård, the clown Pennywise from Andy Muschietti’s “It”. Is it suspicious?

That Keith is played by Bill Skarsgård, the clown Pennywise from Item, by Andy Muschietti, gives to imagine the worst. I’m sure writer-director Zach Cregger didn’t think twice when he ended up hiring him. Barbarian it is a horror film, and Keith with his face washed of Skarsgård’s paint is the main suspect of what is going to happen.

And Tess is pretty judicious.

Down stairs.  Tess hesitates.  Until she doesn't anymore.

Down stairs. Tess hesitates. Until she doesn’t anymore.

It is not convenient to advance much more of the plot, and it is worth talking about the wisdom with which Cregger (actor and producer, until now more than anything on TV) structures everything from the script. The movie will open. There is an almost parallel story, which has Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers: Terror existstwenty years ago) as the protagonist: it is AJ, a film director in Hollywood who has just been accused of sexual abuse by an actress, who sees his career crumble and needs to have cash in order to meet his legal expenses.

And it doesn’t go that Aj is the owner of the little house on the outskirts of Detroit…

The structure of the film is what breaks with the usual schemes of the horror genre.

The structure of the film is what breaks with the usual schemes of the horror genre.

There is a third story, in the past that will help to understand what is happening in that house in what was a middle-class neighborhood, with a small garden in front, that the subsequent debacle of Detroit as the center of the automobile industry left in ruins. (even today it is possible to see hundreds of abandoned houses like the ones seen in the film).

That contribute “Barbarian”

That said: the contribution of Barbarian to horror cinema is the ingenuity of the story and not the blows and the implausibility that some situations end up being, after more than half of the projection.

Georgina Campbell is the protagonist, but there are stories that run in parallel.

Georgina Campbell is the protagonist, but there are stories that run in parallel.

It’s a cheap movie in its making ($10 million, which it grossed in its first weekend on the bill in the United States and Canada, almost a week ago), which was partly shot in Bulgaria to cut costs.

I’m dying to say something, but no: wait until you read the end credits (there is no post-credit scene) and see who plays, I think, the fourth character, who has no proper name. It is a fact of color among so much blood.

“Barbarian”

Good

Terror. USA, 2022. Original title: “barbarian”. 102′, SAM 13R. Of: Zach Cregger. With: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgard, Justin Long, Richard Brake. Rooms: Cinemark Palermo, Cinépolis Recoleta and Avellaneda, Showcase Belgrano.

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