Barbarian is a 2022 American horror movie written and directed by Zach Cregger. Starring Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, and Justin Long. The movie is produced by Arnon Milchan, Roy Lee, Raphael Margules, and J.D. Lifshitz. The movie follows a young woman who discovers that the house she rented has been booked with another man and discovers a dark secret in the house.
Barbarian premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 on July 22, 2022, and was released in theaters by 20th Century Studios on September 9, 2022. The movie received positive reviews from critics.
Barbarian’s ending sees Tess return to Airbnb to rescue AJ, who has just watched Frank die by suicide. Tess and AJ manage to escape the wretched house, but the Mother is far from dead, she is alive, despite Tess crashing her car into the monstrous woman.
Although he takes refuge with a neighbor, his mother also kills him. Injured after AJ shoots Tess, the actor sacrifices her to his mother and throws her over the edge of a water tower to save himself. Fortunately for Tess, her mother cushioned her fall, but the antagonist wasn’t done yet, gouging out AJ’s eyes and killing him. Tess ends up shooting her mother and survives the terrifying ordeal. Now, know about Barbarian.
Barbarian: Movie Synopsis
Tess Marshall arrives in Detroit for a job interview. When Tess books a house rental in a remote, run-down neighborhood, she is surprised to find that the property is already occupied by a young man named Keith, who rented the property through another app. A storm is raging outside and there are no rooms available in the hotel, and Tess has no choice but to spend the night at the house with Keith. Initially unnerved by Keith’s obnoxious behavior, Tess eventually warms to him. That night, Tess notices her bedroom door was open and heard someone moving around the house.
The next day, Tess wakes up to find Keith gone. She attends a job interview and returns to the rental house, where she is chased inside by a homeless man who demands that she leave the house. Needing to use the bathroom, Tess searches the basement for a roll of toilet paper and accidentally locks herself inside. She searches for a way out and comes across a hidden door in the basement that leads to a secret passage.
In the hallway, Tess finds evidence of someone being held captive and filmed and escapes when Keith frees her from the basement. When she tells Keith, he ventures down to the basement to investigate. When he doesn’t return, Tess goes back downstairs after him and discovers another underground tunnel leading further under the house. After Keith’s screams, Tess finds him claiming that there is someone in the tunnel and they bit him. As Tess panics, the degraded woman suddenly attacks the pair and kills Keith.
Two weeks later, sitcom actor AJ learns that a co-star has accused him of rape and is fired from his show. Faced with pressure to sell his assets to pay legal fees, AJ travels to one of his rental properties in Detroit to look into selling it, the house where Tess and Keith lived. He finds their belongings still in the house, but no sign of them. AJ explores the basement and discovers a hidden door and tunnel. Before the woman chases after him, he comes across a room with a video on breastfeeding newborns. On the run, he falls into a pit next to the still-living Tess.
Tess explains that the woman (referred to as “Mother”) wants them to act like her children. The mother makes Tess drink milk from a bottle and cares for her. When AJ refuses, it drags him into the TV room and forces him to breastfeed. Tess seizes the opportunity to escape from the basement and narrowly escapes the house with the help of Andre, the homeless man she previously chased. Andre warns her to leave the neighborhood before it gets dark and Mother sends her hunting, cursing her for wanting to come back and save AJ.
A flashback shows how in the 1980s the original owner of the house, Frank, kidnapped young women and held them captive in the tunnels, raping them and raising more children.
AJ tries to escape and finds a room that the mother seems to be afraid of. Inside, he finds a vegetative Frank, as well as dozens of tapes showing him raping women. AJ inadvertently gives Frank access to a gun that kills Frank. AJ takes his gun and heads back into the tunnels. Night falls and Mother leaves the house ready to hunt down Tess.
Tess runs over the creature with her car, pinning it to the house and seemingly killing it. Tess returns to the basement to find AJ, only for him to accidentally shoot her. They both escaped the house and found that the mother had freed herself from the car. Andre finds the pair and explains how Matka is the product of decades of incest.
Mother ambushes the group and kills Andre before chasing Tess and AJ into the water tower. With no way to escape, AJ pushes Tess away to distract Mother, who jumps in after her, saves Tess, and seemingly kills herself. When AJ confronts a badly injured Tess, the Mother awakens and brutally kills AJ. He tries to bring Tess back to the house and nurse her, but Tess shoots her in the head with a pistol and leaves. “Barbarian.’
Barbarian Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
With Mother wandering the underground for so long alone, it seemed that Frank was long dead and buried. It turned out not to be the case. Although it is not known when he locked himself in the basement, it is possible that he was hiding there from his mother. She was the result of his abuse and rape over the years, and even though he had control over women for so long, it’s possible that she finally got some small revenge on the Mother.
If she attacked Frank or assumed he was her child-like Tess and AJ did, he could barricade himself in the room to get away. Frank, seeing how he never left inside, was hiding in fear of someone coming to him and hurting him, serving as compensation for all the atrocities he had committed over the years.
The Barbarian steps away from the main action to go back in time and explain the origins of the Airbnb basement and Frank’s use. Since AJ had no idea there was an underground, it suggests that the location was not part of the plans for the Detroit house. But who built it? Was it really Frank? It is possible that a thug was behind the creation of the underground tunnels. It has everything he could have needed to commit his atrocities.
On the other hand, it could be that the Airbnb property was built above the dark tunnels below. Frank could have discovered this when he moved in and made sure there was a secret door to keep people out. It’s unclear when Frank moved into the neighborhood, but the houses in the 1980s looked fairly sleek and new, suggesting that the underground location predated the houses on the block. Plus, people might notice if Frank hired a construction company to dig under his house.