With the Halloween season upon us, it’s the perfect time to be watching horror movies. Now the HBO Max streaming service has a real treat for fans of the genre – what many are calling the most shocking horror movie of 2022. This movie is none other than Barbarian, which premiered in theaters earlier this year. Now horror fans will be able to watch the film from home, however, which has given it an all-new surge in popularity.
It’s quite impressive to see how well the film is doing. It’s not only an original IP, but one that was shot with a reported budget of $4.5 million. With that number in mind, the film has already made more than $42 million at the global box office. Without a doubt, then, Barbarian can be considered a box office success in addition to the most shocking horror film of 2022. Furthermore, the film has received positive reception from both fans and critics, with a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Of course, those who’ve seen the film know that its many surprises and twists are part of its success. The film is a fantastic example of subverting expectations for a storyline that will constantly keep viewers guessing. Now that more fans than ever are checking out the 2022 horror film via HBO Max, it’s the perfect opportunity to give it a watch or a revisit. Hopefully it continues to find success and Hollywood realizes just how lucrative an original horror film can be.
The 2022 horror film Barbarian was both written and directed by Zach Cregger in his solo directorial debut.
The cast for the film includes Georgina Campbell as Tess Marshall, Bill Skarsgård as Keith Toshko, and Justin Long as AJ Gilbride.
With successful releases in both theaters and on digital streaming platforms, it’s clear that original horror IPs are still quite profitable. Hopefully we’ll see a physical media release for Barbarian in the near future. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any potential updates regarding the hit horror film as we have them.