Friday, May 7, 2021

Fried Barry Review: A Drug, Sex, and Adrenaline Fueled Trip

Release date: May 7, 2021
Running time: 92 minutes
Starring Gary Green, Bianka Hartenstein, Sean Cameron Michael, Chanelle de Jager, Joey Cramer, and Jonathan Pienaar
Written By:  James C. Williamson and Ryan Kruger
Directed By: Ryan Kruger

Fried Barry follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as his alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as Barry’s alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind.

Fried Barry is definitely a unique trip.  The film is just a random experience from start to finish.  It starts slowly as you get to meet Barry and then his new inhabitant.  But after that, it gets amped up to 11.  From sex, to drugs, to violence, and everything in between, Fried Barry will have you experiencing all sorts of craziness on Barry's wild night.  Like a child, Barry experiences all sorts of life experiences in one night.  

Fried Barry is made by Green's ridiculous, intense performance.  He has to wear lots of hats and his performance is out of this world.  Love or hate his character, Green's performance is perfectly situated for this bizarre situation.  The rest of the cast do well in this strange film, and I especially liked seeing Sean Cameron Michael again in a bizarre but perfectly fitting role.

But Fried Barry is also just a strange film.  It's not bad, but oftentimes it seems to be weird for the sake of being weird.  The movie has a strange obsession with sex and violence, and some grotesque instances that let you know just how odd Barry's night is.  It does have really good effects and plenty of set pieces.  And it also has a great, pumping soundtrack at times.  Some of Barry's stranger sequences are accompanied by a great beat that lets you feel the craziness that fuels this night.  Fried Barry is not a bad film, but it is a strange one and you have to be in the right mindset for it.  But if you are, this is one experience you won't soon forget.

Fried Barry is a drug, sex, and adrenaline fueled trip with some intense visuals, great music, and a unique performance by Gary Green! 

Rent it.

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Fried Barry is available to stream on Shudder starting May 7, 2021. 

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