'Barbarian' Trailer Explores The Horrors of Home Rentals

Watch a trailer for 'Barbarian' ahead of its August release.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Georgina Campbell in 'Barbarian'

New Regency

Just in case you haven't read enough horror stories about private rentals on the internet already, 20th Century Studios and New Regency are releasing a whole movie about one: Barbarian, which opens in theaters on Aug. 31. And now you can see a sneak peek at the film through a just-released trailer, below.

Barbarian stars Georgina Campbell as a young woman who travels to Detroit for a job interview and books a rental home to stay in while there. The house isn't in a great neighborhood, so her options are limited when she arrives in the middle of the night to discover someone else (a man named Keith, played by Bill Skarsgård) is already staying there. He claims he's been renting the place for awhile, and he invites her in so they can call the property manager and straighten things out.

Maybe they can't get that person on the phone or maybe there is just no good news when they do because she ends up spending the night. He offers her the bedroom, while he says he will sleep in the living room. Only, she is awoken to weird noises and goes exploring, finding a secret passageway that leads to a catacomb-like setup underneath the house. One that seems to have trapped a version of Keith. Or did it?

As you will see from the trailer, something very mysterious is at play, with old VHS tapes and a woman running some kind of experiment that leads to a glimpse of an idyllic, Pleasantville-style neighborhood. And even if it's extremely ill-advised, this woman is going to get to the bottom of it.

As the trailer warns, some may only stay for a week, but some will never leave.

The film also stars Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake, Kurt Braunohler, and Jaymes Butler. It was written and directed by Zach Cregger. Arnon Milchan, Roy Lee, Raphael Margules, and J.D. Lifshitz serve as producers, with Michael Schaefer, Natalie Lehmann, Danny Chan, Alex Lebovici, and Skarsgård serving as executive producers.