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Barbarian is finally streaming on HBO Max

The hit horror movie is available to watch from the comfort of your haunted home

Tess stands atop a staircase leading to a dark basement in the horror movie Barbarian. Photo: 20th Century Studios
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

Barbarian has arrived to streaming services just in time for Halloween.

Despite still playing in theaters, Zach Cregger’s horror film has hit HBO Max (if the idea of screaming in public is too much to bear). The digital rental release will happen alongside a 4K Ultra HD release, which will include bonus scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, and additional commentary, per Variety.

Barbarian follows Tess Marshall (Georgina Campbell), a young woman who arrives at an Airbnb in the outskirts of Detroit only to discover that the rental has already been booked by a man named Keith (Bill Skarsgård). After considering the options, Tess decides to spend the night, and eventually finds a dark secret lurking within the house.

Formerly of the sketch comedy group The Whitest Kids U’ Know, this marks Zach Cregger’s directorial debut. In Polygon’s Barbarian review, we noted that the movie is about the horror of discovering “where your sympathies ultimately lie,” and it’s best viewed by someone who doesn’t know what’s coming (so maybe avoid spoilers until then).

If you’re wondering what to stream on HBO Max in the meantime, Polygon has got you covered: Every day in October, we’re rolling out a new horror movie recommendation in our 31 Days of Horror countdown. If you’re looking for a break from horror before diving into Barbarian, we’ve also curated the best movies and HBO Max originals you can stream on the service today.