Review: Shudder's 'Fried Barry'


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by John Duarte


How do I explain this Shudder original movie titled FRIED BARRY to “normies”? Eh, no point. This movie is definitely not for them. FRIED BARRY is a beast of a movie that’ll throw you, toss you around for 90 mins and won’t stop until the end credits roll. If you’re wondering if there’s a plot, of course there is!


The plot:

Barry is a drug-addled, abusive jerk whose abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as an alien visitor takes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex, and violence as our alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind.


FRIED BARRY is based on a short of the same name also written and directed by Ryan Kruger. There isn’t too much dialogue in this movie but when there is, it's something. There’s an interesting conversation near the beginning about Mickey Mouse that I’ll let you watch the film and make sense of it. Once Barry gets abducted, it’s a dare I say beautifully shot montage of him being probed by these mysterious aliens and when they take him around town, just turn off your brain and enjoy the ride it’ll take you on. Gary Green who plays the title character also played him in the short has really good comedic timing in FRIED BARRY. I loved some of the practical effects in this especially the fast-growing pregnancy that happens to someone. Remind me a little bit of the famous birthing scene from XTRO (YouTube it…..trust me, you’ll thank me later).


Like I said earlier, FRIED BARRY is not for everyone but I believe this will have a cult following in no time. It’s fast, funny, and keeps you on your feet. This has my recommendation.

FRIED BARRY is now available to stream on Shudder.