Film Review: Fried Barry (2020)

Release Date: March 6th, 2020 (Cinequest Film Festival – US)
Directed by: Ryan Kruger
Written by: Ryan Kruger
Music by: various
Cast: Gary Green, Bianka Hartenstein, Sean Cameron Michael, Chanelle de Jager, Joey Cramer, Jonathan Pienaar

The Department of Special Projects, The Department of Special Projects, Enigma Ace Films, 99 Minutes


If this hadn’t been featured on The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, I probably wouldn’t have watched it on my own. However, I’m glad that Joe Bob brought it into my living room because I was surprised and fairly impressed by it.

This is a South African picture that sees Barry, a heroin addict, shoot up, get super high, get abducted by aliens and then have his body possessed by one of those same aliens.

When the setup is done, Alien Barry just wanders all over Cape Town at night, in human form, experiencing everything the night life has to offer from more drugs, dancing, casual sex, prostitution sex and everything else in-between.

After his first night, we see his estranged wife try to reconnect with him, as well as him getting beaten up and abducted by a pedo. Alien Barry then kills the pedo and frees the kids, goes on to discover that he’s the father of a fully grown toddler that looks like him and then experiences some other zany, wild shit.

Frankly, the film is hard to describe but it’s pretty much just a random mindfuck. And typically, I don’t like these sort of films but this one held my attention and entertained me from scene-to-scene.

I think a lot of the movie’s awesomeness has to do with how well Barry himself was. He was played by Gary Green, who has mostly just played extras in other South African films. I also thought that the director did a stupendous job, top-to-bottom. Most importantly, this is fantastically well-paced and knew when it needed to move on to the next scene.

What’s kind of astonishing is that this didn’t really have a script. The director/writer, Ryan Kruger, had a list of scenes and sequences to work off of and everything else was pretty much improvised. That’s probably not the best way to go into shooting a movie but it worked for this picture.

Rating: 7.5/10
Pairs well with: other trippy as fuck drug movies.