Horror Favourites – Barry Jay

A mentally unstable young man goes on a mission to hunt down and murder all the therapists he blames for messing up his mind and his life. Welcome to Killer Therapy written and directed by the brilliant Barry Jay.

Barry Jay was born in New York City. He moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to be a songwriter. During this time he became devoted to fitness. By 1998, Barry founded Barry’s Bootcamp. Since then, Barry’s has grown with 60+ studios worldwide.
When Barry was a kid he loved making his own horror movies on his Super 8 camera. This passion followed him into his adult life. In 2015, Barry penned his first horror film, The Chosen, produced by Terror Films. Barry wrote the wraparound story for another Terror Films production in 2016, the horror anthology Patient Seven. Barry made his directorial debut last year with a script he wrote, Ashes, which was release July 2019 by 1091 Media. His second feature, Killer Therapy, is now available on Sky and Amazon. He resides in North Hollywood with his 3 rescue dogs: Lucy, Max, and Ginger.

Below Killer Therapy’s writer and director Barry Jay goes into depth on his favorite horror film:

“Horror is in my blood, I have loved it since I was a kid growing up in upstate NY, too young to be watching the scary movies I was watching on TV. My mother used to put on vampire fangs and chase me around the house with a glass of tomato juice screaming “I need more blood” — so that’s why I say it was in my blood.

My dad was a challenging man — angry, violent, no patience to speak of and usually came home from work, ate fast and went to bed. I feared him for good reason. I knew he wasn’t that keen about me because I was “different” — a momma’s boy, a nerd, didn’t like sports or boy scouts, and he was a devoted scout leader. He also never and I mean NEVER went to the movies. So it came as quite a shock that this man would be the one to take me to see my favorite horror movie of all time, HALLOWEEN. It was 1978 and I was 15 years old and needed an adult to take me, so as surprised as I was I was also happy he was willing. My mom liked old fashioned horror like Dracula, this was out of her league, so she passed. To this day I don’t know why my dad took me to see it. It was a first. And a first for so many other things that day as well… I saw my dad scared during the movie. (I was terrified!) I looked over at him and he looked just like me. It was also the first time in my experience that the audience yelled at the screen — screaming at Laurie NOT to drop the knife and calling her names when she did. It was the first time I heard an audience scream LOUD in unison that many times in one film. I was a fan of the Universal black and white horror films of the thirties until I saw NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (a very close second fave) but once I saw Halloween, everything changed.

The music pulled me in, the POV camera, the look of Michael Meyers, the performances from the cast — the writing and directing — I consider this film a master class in horror film making, I’ve watched it countless times. When I was casting KILLER THERAPY I had PJ Sole’s on my wish list because she stayed with me since HALLOWEEN and CARRIE and it was a dream come true to work with her. I also had the honor and privilege to meet John Carpenter and share a quick version of my Halloween story with him. He said I was too young to see it then. I suppose I was. And to this day, it remains my favorite horror film and a day at the movies I’ll never forget thanks to dad and Mr. Carpenter. If you are a horror fan and have not seen the original Halloween, please move it to the top of your watch list — you won’t be sorry”

Sinister horror, Killer Therapy, is now available on Sky & Amazon (here)


Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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