The Trouble with Barry
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Get ready, because you're invited to the most glamorous, star-studded Hollywood event of the decade!
Or you could blow off that crap-fest, crack open a 12-pack, and dive head-first into an "insanely funny, intelligent and over-the-top piece of Trash/Camp cinema" that "warps genres into a wild surreal melodrama of political incorrectness and fast-paced wicked hilarity." (Rickey Russell, A Southern Life in Scandalous Times).
The Trouble with Barry is a an old-school slasher flick, a riotously offensive mystery-thriller, and a kick-ass throwback to bitchin' VHS-era B-movie Madness!
Peter Stickles (Shortbus) is Barry Montenegro - a drunk, racist, bridge-burning failure of an actor, desperately clinging to the shreds of his once-promising career after 10 years of "drug busts, sex scandals, and AIDS scares." Destitute, homeless, and emotionally abused by his bitchy, cat-obsessed mother (Lynn Lowry - They Came From Within, The Crazies), Barry finds potential salvation when he lands a role on an inept, zero-budget web series headlined by former straight-to-video superstar Pussy Johnson (Rena Riffel - Showgirls, Mulholland Drive). His comeback becomes an even worse nightmare, however, when a sadistic, razor-wielding psychopath begins brutally slaughtering the cast and crew one-by-one.
Naturally, suspicion falls on Barry. Sure, he's a narcissistic sociopath - but is he also a brutal killer?
Sex, fights, babes in lingerie, workout montages, shower scenes, cat scares, and red herrings abound in this wicked satirical fable, boasting a stellar ensemble cast including Juliette Danielle (The Room), Eric Dean (The Men Next Door), Matthew Stephen Herrick (George: A Zombie Intervention), Shannon Amabile ("I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant"), April Baker ("Southland", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"), Chris Pudlo ("Best Worst Movie"), Craig Taggart ("Sordid Lives: The Series"), and the original Scream Queens themselves - Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer!
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First let's talk about the cast. A virtual who's who of aging scream queens, and a handful of actors and actresses from other infamous films... So of course I knew I was at least in for a terrible/awesome experience. I was right in a way... But so wrong at the same time.
It's pretty damn brilliant. On the exterior it is a no-budget, retro throwback with self-referential humor... Which, hell, I'm not gonna lie, but I'm usually down for because they are usually fun to laugh at. But as the film goes on it reveals its true genius. This film goes beyond silly little throwback and into an awesome blending of genres. There are elements of Giallo films (the eroticism and mystery and violence) blended with well written absurdist comedy, not to mention the afore-mentioned self-referential humor and a healthy layer of snark about the film industry (and how brutal and fickle it can be to anyone fading from the limelight). I would honestly liken the blending of genres on par with the likes of Shaun if the Dead.
I don't wanna give anything away... So I won't summarize the film for you (hate when reviews do that)... But look past the low end production values. I assure you that was done on purpose. The faux video filter was spot on (especially in one specific scene that, were it an actual VHS would be more degraded than the rest of the film due to repeated watching and rewinding and watching and rewinding, etc). I get the feeling that, as absurd as this film is, every situation (outside of the murders) stems from a real life experience... I'ma have to dig and figure that out. But seriously... Sometimes you can't make s*** like this up!
TL;DR: Pick up a copy. Watch it with an open mind. ESPECIALLY recommended for fans of Gialli or trash cinema, or fans of aging scream queens.
The main character (Barry) is all about himself and not many people like that. He doesn't seem to mind though. Peter Stickle's performance is worth watching. In fact, all the performances are worth the price of admission.
This isn't 'Gone with the Wind' nor is it 'Girl's Just want to have Fun.'
If you like goofy and cats-you should take a look at this movie!
I give it a 4 out 5 only because there's one random scene that drags the pace a bit, main characters are sorta very unlikable and it is more comedy than Horror (the murders were pretty much bloodless except for one).
Cons: I feel like there isn't enough blood and boobs for your average horror nut, but too much stabbing and screaming for a comedy fan. Some jokes went over my head. I can totally see people either loving or hating it. It's one of those.
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