Sep 23, 2010

Kevin Smith's New Horror Film "Red State"

According to Slash Film, Kevin Smith has two movies on the horizon for 2011. One of those films is "Hit Somebody", a dramedy starring Seann William Scott about a Hockey player more famous for his rink fights than his talent. The second is "Red State", and has got to be the boldest thing I've heard of Kevin Smith attempting. With films such as Clerks (I and II), Zack and Miri Make A Porno, Dogma, and I'll even throw in Chasing Amy, I thought Smith had set an unreachable bar for pushing the envelope. The one person who's been able to shock people in films as much as Smith has might be Sasha Baron Cohen.

"Red State" is a horror film (What? Horror? By Silent Bob?) which is already a bold move, taking himself out of his comfort zone as a writer and director to experiment with something new. Who knows, maybe he'll end up the next Wes Craven? Doubtful, as it may be advertised as horror, but the cast says it'll be like Zombieland horror. Kevin Pollak (Cop Out), John Goodman (The Big Lebowski), Kyle Gallner (The Haunting In Connecticut, Jennifer's Body, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Shockingly a horror aficionado of this generation), Stephen Root (Office Space), Melissa Leo (Mr. Woodcock) and Michael Parks (Grindhouse/Kill Bill (I and II) fill the cast roster.

This motley crew will tell the tale of a group of kids vs. a crazy religious cult based off of the Westboro Baptist Church + Evil Occult Satanists. My guess is the cult has the advantage with the numbers game. But mocking a real crazy cult, titling it "Red State" implying Republican dominated states support the crazies, all bold moves. I can't wait to see this film just out of morbid curiosity. If it's on par with Cop Out, it'll still be better than anything M. Night Shyamalan's been doing.

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