I remember seeing the short film Fred Barry is based on.
It was like a fucked up acid trip, full of beautiful colours, drenched in weirdness with some great sound design accompanied by an outer-worldly unique performance. I am delighted Fried Barry got the feature-film treatment and more so that it found its home with Shudder.
If you’re to watch one movie this year about a drug-addicted homeless man that gets his body hijacked and controlled by aliens and then send him on a path of mayhem through Cape Town, then it’s gotta be, Fried Barry.
Here’s the official press-release
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.
The feature directorial debut from award-winning music video director Ryan Kruger
Starring newcomer Gary Green, the genre-pushing, acid-washed, sci-fi horror has been praised by critics and embraced by fans around the world.
The film, which is a feature adaptation of Kruger’s acclaimed experimental short by the same name, is produced by James C. Williamson and Kruger and executive produced by Nicolai Fuglsig (12 Strong). Williamson shares a story credit with Kruger who serves as both writer and director. The expansive cast is led by Green alongside Bianka Hartenstein, Sean Cameron Michael (Shooter, Blood Drive), Chanelle de Jager (The Widow, Outlander), Joey Cramer (Flight of the Navigator) and Jonathan Pienaar (Blood Diamond, Roots).
Fried Barry world premiered at the 2020 Cinequest Film Festival and went on to screen at celebrated festivals such as the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, Grimmfest, and Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Actor.
Official Selection: Cinequest Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, L’Étrange Festival, MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Fantasy Filmfest, Grimmfest International Festival of Fantastic Film, Sitges Film Festival, Imagine Film Festival
Country: South Africa
Runtime: 99 min
Language: English, Afrikaans
Fried Barry Streams May 7 Exclusively on Shudder
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Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
Info from the official press release