2022 has been a great year for horror movies. For more nostalgic fans, we had a solid new entry to the Scream franchise, the end to the latest Halloween trilogy (and the last movies of the franchise to star Jamie Lee Curtis). Horror fans looking for impressive new films had Ti West’s new X trilogy (including Pearl and a yet unreleased third movie), the sleeper hit Smile, and many, many others. There’s a great mix of horror subgenres too. This year had slashers, curses, body horror (David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future), cannibals (Fresh) and serial killers.
You often know a horror movie is especially good when no one wants to tell you anything about it. Tell someone too much about the premise, and they could guess the surprise ending before the first scene is over. A thriller/horror like Fresh is better when you can fully embrace the magic of suspense and the joy of experiencing great filmmaking. If you’re someone who loathes seeing spoilers, a great movie can turn boring as soon as you know what happens next. That’s why you should go into one of the best horror movies of the year, Barbarian, knowing nothing.
From director Zach Cregger—best known for his sketch comedy show Whitest Kids U’Know—and starring Justin Long, Bill Skarsgard, and Georgina Campbell, all we’ll tell you is it concerns a woman who decides to stay in an AirBnb after she discovers someone else is also renting the place. Of course, there’s a lot more going on than a bad booking. But don’t take our word for it. You can watch Barbarian right now.
How to Watch and Stream Barbarian
Barbarian is still currently in theaters if you want to experience all the film’s twists and turns in a traditional cinema. But there’s also now an option to watch the film at home.
As of October 25, 2022, Barbarian is available on HBO Max. Only those with a subscription to the service can watch the movie. Because the film is distributed by 20th Century Studios, it’s one of the last films of the year to head to HBO Max due to a streaming deal in lieu of Disney acquiring 20th Century Studios, as Variety reports. At the end of 2022, it’s likely 20th Century Studios’ films will head to Hulu or Disney+ once they leave theaters.
Milan Polk is an Editorial Assistant for Men’s Health who specializes in entertainment and lifestyle reporting, and has worked for New York Magazine’s Vulture and Chicago Tribune.