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Starring: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake, Kurt Braunohler, Jaymes Butler
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Horror thriller written and directed by Zach Cregger. Barbarian (2022) centers on a young woman, Tess (Georgina Campbell), who travels to Detroit for a job interview and arrives at her rental home late at night only to find that the house has been mistakenly double-booked by a strange man, Keith (Bill Skarsgård). Against her better judgement, she decides to stay the night anyway, but soon discovers that there is much more to be afraid of in the house than the other house guest.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Do I look like some kind of monster?' - Keith (Barbarian) Click To Tweet
Tess: [as she arrives at the rental house and find the key missing] Oh, you’ve go to be kidding me.
Keith: [after Tess rings the door bell] Yeah?
Tess: I’m sorry, who are you?
Keith: What? Who are you?
Tess: This is 476 Barbary, right?
Keith: I don’t know. Yeah. Yeah. I think so.
Tess: You don’t know?
Keith: No. I don’t live here. I’m renting this place. It’s the middle of the night. I don’t have it on the top of my head, the address.
Tess: No, I’m renting this place
Tess: Would you mind pulling up your reservation confirmation, just so I can see it?
Keith: In case I’m some kind of weirdo, who’s broken in here to sleep?
Keith: [to Tess] I mean, I don’t know if you got a great look at this neighborhood, but it’s not, I don’t think you should be sitting out there by yourself this late. I mean, I wouldn’t do that. Look, obviously, do whatever you want, but if you want to hang out in here, where it’s dry, and there’s a lock on the door, I’m totally fine with that.
Keith: Alright. Here’s what I propose. Why don’t you just crash here?
Tess: Oh, no. I don’t think that’s…
Keith: No, no, no. You take the bedroom, and I’ll sleep out here on the couch. And then tomorrow, we’ll call these idiots. Get our money back. Free stay for both of us.
Keith: Call me what you want, but there’s no way I’m sleeping in the bedroom while a young lady is sleeping on the couch. Blame it on my upbringing, but it’s not up for discussion.
Tess: Well, no offense, but I kind of have a thing about clean sheets.
Tess: I’m really sorry about all this.
Keith: What, are you kidding? It’s not your fault. You’re just as put out as me.
Tess: [to Keith] It’s such a cliche. The guy who thinks love and control are the same thing. And the girl who lets herself become, I don’t know, some kind of pet or something? Oh, my God. It’s so cliche, and it’s so boring, and I can’t believe it’s happening to me.
'There's always going to be people that project some kind of dynamic onto us that serves them. It's up to us if we want to play ball or not.' - Keith (Barbarian) Click To Tweet
Keith: Look, there’s always going to be people that project some kind of dynamic onto us that serves them. It’s up to us if we want to play ball or not.
Tess: Is that my lesson?
Keith: I don’t know.
Tess: Maybe my lesson is that guys will walk all over you as long as you let them. Yeah. That’s my lesson.
Keith: I take issue with that statement.
Tess: Oh, yeah. That’s because you’re a guy. I mean, the world’s different for you. Guys get to blast their way through life making messes. Girls have to be careful.
Keith: What, do I look like some kind of monster?
Tess: Why is it always the girls who get their hearts ripped out in these things?
Keith: Girls can rip. Trust me.
Keith: You scared the s**t out of me.
Tess: Did you open my door?
'Guys get to blast their way through life making messes. Girls have to be careful.' - Tess (Barbarian) Click To Tweet
Tess: [as she finds a hidden door in the basement] Nope.
Tess: We need to go. We need to go now!
Keith: What are you talking about? Why were you in the basement?
Tess: I got locked in the basement, and then there was this hidden area! There was this room!
Keith: There’s a hidden room?
Tess: There is something bad going on here!
Keith: You’re safe.
Tess: I don’t think I am.
Tess: I was in the basement. And then I found this hidden passageway. And there was this room, and it was like a dungeon.
Keith: Like a dungeon? What was in there?
Tess: There was a bed, and a camera, and a bucket.
'You're safe.' - Keith, 'I don't think I am.' - Tess (Barbarian) Click To Tweet
Keith: It’s a basement. It’s filled with junk, okay? It doesn’t sound that weird.
Tess: If you want to go and look, suit yourself, but I’m going!
Keith: Right now?
Keith: [to Tess] I can’t just be running off in a panic because there’s a room downstairs with a bed and a bucket.
Tess: [after she finds Keith in the hidden tunnel] Why did you come down here?
Keith: Someone else is down here.
Keith: [to Tess] We have to come this way! That’s the way out! Please stop! I’m not going back there!
[suddenly the Mother attacks and kills him]
AJ: I’m not here on the lam. I’m not here on vacation. I’m here to do some f***ing liquidating.
'I can't just be running off in a panic because there's a room downstairs with a bed and a bucket.' - Keith (Barbarian) Click To Tweet
AJ: [over phone, as we find out he owns the house Keith and Tess stayed in] Is someone staying here at the moment?
Bonnie: I don’t think so.
AJ: Well, someone’s here. There’s a suitcase, and clothes, and s**t. Yeah, no. People are staying here.
Bonnie: We haven’t rented it out in a couple of weeks.
AJ: Well, do we know when the last tenants checked out? Do I have squatters?
AJ: So, who the f*** is staying in my house?
AJ: What up, fa**ot? Guess who’s back in town.
AJ: [stood by the basement door] Somebody here? Hello? Okay, here’s the deal. I have a gun. And I’m going to come down there and just open up on whoever I see in about thirty seconds. Alright? Or you can just come up here now, and I’ll let you go.
'You make a copy of a copy of a copy, and you end up with something like that.' - Andre (Barbarian) Click To Tweet
AJ: [to himself] Squat in my f***ing house? Huh? Hide in my basement? I’m a f***ing man. I’ll f*** you up.
Doug: [flashback to 1980s to the original owner of the house] We’re moving, Frank. Yeah. I hate to do it. You know? But the wife thinks if we don’t do it now we may not be able to get out this time next year, because, you know, neighborhood’s going to hell, Frank. You plan on staying?
Frank: I’m not going anywhere.
Tess: [after the Mother throws AJ into the pit] This is very, very important. You need to stay calm. You cannot freak out around her, okay? Trust me. Okay?
AJ: I don’t want to be here.
Tess: Do you think I want to f***ing be here?
'I might be a bad person. Or maybe I'm a good person who just did a bad thing. I can't change what I've done. I can just try and fix it.' - AJ (Barbarian) Click To Tweet
Tess: You cannot get upset. If you get upset, she gets upset.
AJ: “She”? Who’s “she”?
Tess: [to AJ, referring to the milk bottle the Mother is offering] Just drink it! Get up! Don’t you see? She just wants you to be her baby.