Is the horror movie Barbarian based on a true story?

Georgina Campbell as Tess in 20th Century Studios' BARBARIAN, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Georgina Campbell as Tess in 20th Century Studios' BARBARIAN, exclusively on Hulu. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved. /
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HBO Max has added a new horror movie to its catalog just in time for Halloween! Barbarian is now streaming on the platform, following its release in theaters back on Sept. 9, 2022.

There are lots of disturbing stories that have been adapted into a television or movie narrative. So is that the case with the 20th Century Studios film?

Georgina Campbell stars as Tess Marshall, with Bill Skarsgård taking on the role of Keith Toshko. The production also stars Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake, Kurt Braunohler, among others.

So where did the inspiration for the film come from? We’ve got the answer for you below!

Is the movie Barbarian based on a true story?

The new movie Barbarian is not based on a true story. The film is written and directed by Zach Cregger. According to Cinemaholic, Cregger came up with the idea of the horror as he drew inspiration from a non-fiction novel, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by author Gavin de Becker.

If you haven’t watched the movie, then you might be wondering what it’s about. The story follows Tess Marshall (Campbell) who discovers the rental home she booked already has a man, Keith (Skarsgård), staying there. He says the owner made a mistake and double booked the house. Against her better judgment, she decides to spend the night. But she’ll soon discover she has a lot more to fear from the other house guest and perhaps she should have listened to her instincts.

Thankfully, this production is not based on true events. But unfortunately there are some other recent shows like Peacock’s A Friend of the Family and Netflix’s The Watcher that are inspired by real stories. Those two should definitely also be added to your watch list!

Have you watched Barbarian? What do you think about the film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Barbarian is now streaming on HBO Max

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