Fried Barry Movie Review

Written by Janine Pipe

Premiered on Shudder

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Directed by Ryan Kruger
Written by Ryan Kruger and James C. Williamson (story by)
2020, 99 minutes, Not Rated
Premiered on Shudder on May 7th, 2021

Gary Green as Barry
Chanelle de Jager as Suz
Brett Williams as Jono
Joey Cramer as Self

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What can I tell you about Fried Barry?

First off, it is very weird. Very, very weird and I suspect that alone will put some people off.

However, I actually rather like it.

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We follow Barry, a man living in South Africa who appears to quite enjoy taking lots of drugs. And Barry gets abducted by aliens. But instead of killing him or dropping him back to earth after a good probing, no, the alien decides to stick around.

He uses his host to partake of some pretty crazy adventures…

There is one scene after an encounter with a prostitute that you just can’t unsee.

Again, some parts of the movie are just plain weird and the drug induced *trips* reminded me a little of Trainspotting. If you can get past that, there are some entertaining and funny bits too.

And it has a great eighties-esque synth score.

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The South African setting works perfectly for this type of movie, the suburban poverty and concrete jungle add a very realistic atmosphere and let’s take a moment to talk about the cast.

The actors are amazing, especially Barry himself (Gary Greene) and there is this one guy in the psychiatric hospital who just had me in stitches. Considering Barry doesn’t have that much dialogue, a lot of what he articulates is portrayed through visuals, and his facial expressions and body language are superb. No offence to the actor, maybe there was a lot of make up and/or prosthetics involved, but as Barry he is very unusual in appearance and perfectly cast for this role.

All in all, Fried Barry is a fun, frenzy of a film, best watched with friends and fried chicken.

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Movie: 3.5 Star Rating Cover

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Janine Pipe
Staff Reviewer
Janine has enjoyed horror from an early age, frightening herself with ghost stories and learning the craft from Stephen King. After trading in a police badge and an apple for the teach (ing assistant) er, she decided to try her hand at something she loved – writing her own scary stuff. She has many terrifying tales published and has been nominated for a 2020 Splatterpunk Award. She hopes her mum never reads a certain story about a hole in a tree … As well as reading and writing, she is an editor and publicist for Kandisha Press with her BFF Jill, where she is always on the lookout for new women’s voices for their anthologies. Her favourite authors and influences are quite obvious when you read her work. But she’d like to remind you they are: Glenn Rolfe, Hunter Shea and Tim Meyer. When not writing, reading or reviewing, Janine can be found at home with her husband and daughter, planning their next trip to Walt Disney World and drinking obscene amounts of coffee.
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