Directed by Zach Cregger, Barbarians is a horror film. It revolves around Tess Marshall (Georgina Campbell) who comes to Detroit’s seedy Brightmoor neighborhood for a job interview and finds that the remote house she has booked already has a tenant. Said renter, Keith, asks her to stay despite being double-booked, and she reluctantly accepts. However, neither of them suspects that evil is lurking in the secret passages under the house and that it is inevitably coming towards them. If you’ve seen Barbarians and loved it, here’s a list of recommendations that might suit your tastes. You can watch most of these movies like Barbarians on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
8. Antichrist (2009)
Antichrist is an artistic horror film centered around a grieving couple referred to simply as he and she. After the death of their son, he takes her to a remote hut and begins to help her with his knowledge of psychotherapy. However, as the film progresses, the woman becomes more and more violent, and the situation around her becomes more and more surreal. Antichrist is a deeply disturbing film. It’s bursting with images, disturbing shots and concepts. Like the characters in Barbarian, the horror he encounters in Antichrist is anchored in a house.
7. The Evil Dead (1981)
Written and directed by Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead is one of the seminal works of the horror genre. The plot revolves around five Michigan State University students who decide to vacation in a rural cabin in Tennessee. As soon as they arrive at the hut, the friends hear a demonic voice that welcomes them. During the evening, the friends experience more supernatural events. When they accidentally resurrect a demon, they realize that they are indeed stranded with evil lurking around them. As in Barbarian and Antichrist, evil is anchored in a secluded house in The Evil Dead, which the protagonists unknowingly invade and all hell literally breaks loose.
6. Come to Daddy (2019)
Come to Daddy is about Norval, a musician who lives in Beverly Hill with his mother. One day he receives a letter from his father, which he last saw when he was five years old. Norval accepts his father’s invitation and visits him at his remote Oregon cabin. However, soon after his arrival, he discovers that the man he is currently living with is not his father, but a man who was his father’s partner when they were bank robbers. Norval finds his father chained in a bunker. After freeing his father, Norval launches a vicious attack on his father’s former colleagues. Like the other films on this list, Come to Daddy is set in a remote cabin and deals with past trauma and pain.
5. Saw (2004)
One of the most influential horror films of all time, Saw pioneered an entire subgenre of horror cinema and spawned a profitable franchise. Saw is about oncologist Dr. Lawrence Gordon and photographer Adam Stanheight, who wake up to find they will be the latest victims of a serial killer known as the Jigsaw Killer. In both Barbarian and Saw, the victims are held captive and later turn violent themselves in a desperate attempt to survive.
4. Tusk (2014)
Directed by Kevin Smith and starring Justin Long, who also stars in Barbarian, Tusk follows Wallace who hosts a podcast with his friend Teddy where they interview strange, interesting people. While visiting Manitoba, Canada, Wallace learns of an eccentric sailor who promises free lodging at his home and interesting stories. Curious, Wallace visits the sailor, who he learns uses a wheelchair. When the sailor named Howard tells him the story of a walrus that saved his life, Wallace is drugged and fainted. When he wakes up again, Howard announces his plans to put Wallace in a walrus costume he made from human skin. Tusk is a unique entry in Smith’s filmography. It covers similar themes as Barbarians, including claustrophobia and mutilation,
3. House of Darkness (2022)
Another film starring Justin Long, House of Darkness tells the story of Hap Jackson, who is invited into the palatial home of an attractive woman named Mina. When her sister Lucy shows up, Hap begins to think this encounter could lead to a threesome. But he soon learns otherwise when the girls reveal their true colors. As in Barbarian, Mina’s large, isolated house plays an important role in the overall narrative.
2. The Babadook (2014)
Filmmaker Jennifer Kent developed The Babadook from her 2005 short film Monster. Set in Adelaide, Australia, the film tells the story of single mother Amelia, whose son Sam claims they are being stalked by the monster of the same name. The Babadook monster represents the grief shared by mother and son over the loss of Oskar, Amelia’s husband and Sam’s father. Like Barbarians, The Babadook offers a deeper story than meets the eye.
1. The Rental (2020)
At the beginning of The Rental, Charlie, his wife Michelle, Charlie’s brother Josh, and Josh’s girlfriend Mina arrive at a secluded house on the Oregon coast that they have rented for a weekend getaway. That night, while Michelle is going to sleep, the other three take ecstasy, and Charlie and Mina end up having sex. The next morning, Mina discovers a camera in the shower. She thinks the janitor put them there and confronts him. Unnoticed by the occupants, a masked figure sneaks into the house and begins killing the occupants one by one. As in Barbarians and other films on this list, The Rental focuses on a remote house. When the protagonists get there, their collective demise is all but certain.