Ever since Clerks (cowinner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival), Kevin Smith has been known for his sharp, subversive, comedic writing. He shifts from comedy to horror with Red State and aptly demonstrates that good writing transcends genre.
Red State begins by following three horny high school boys who come across an online ad from an older woman looking for a gang bang. Boys being boys, they hit the road to satisfy their libidinal urges. But what begins as a fantasy takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying “holy” force with a fatal agenda.
Instead of relying on archetypes and predictable formulas, Smith meticulously fashions all-too-real characters, utilizing exceptional performances (notably by Michael Parks) and an intelligent script. His realistic style gives the film an intimate feeling, heightening the terror to biblical proportions. Red State is a shocking new kind of horror film that aggressively confronts higher powers and extreme doctrines with a vengeance. —Sundance Film Festival
Born and raised in New Jersey and very proud of it, this fact can be seen in all of his movies. His first movie, Clerks. (1994), was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked. He was only allowed to shoot at night after the store closed. This movie won the highest award at the Sundance film festival and was brought to theaters by Miramax. The movie went over so well that Smith was able to make another movie, Mallrats (1995). This movie, as Kevin has said, was meant to be a “smart Porkys”. Although it didn’t do well at all in the box office, it has done more then well on video store shelves and is usually the favorite among many Smith fans.
During filming for the movie Smith met his new close friends and stars of his next movie,Ben Affleck and Jason Lee and his new girlfriend, Joey Lauren Adams. Smith has said that his relationship with Adams has been much of an inspiration for his next movie, Chasing Amy (1997), Smith’s comedy drama which won two independent Spirit… read more
I never liked any of Kevin Smith's previous movies, but I really really loved every single second of this movie...is that weird?
Terrible. Boring. Badly written. Horribly directed. Characters you couldn't give a fuck about and bringing absolutely new to either horror or any insight into cults and the kind of people it attracts. Found out the alternate ending had the actual apocalypse taking place and that shows as the actual ending falls flat. Should have kept it, as the film would then atleast have stood out in some way.
Kevin Smith's examined religion in his work before--but in contrast to Dogma, his approach here, and the story that he tells, feels jaundiced towards both the religious and non-religious characters, right down to an angry metallic sheen that's especially noticeable in exterior shots. In that regard, I think I would have found the original ending more appropriate than the one we got.
Waco TX + westboro baptist church (they can die for all I care) + post 9/11 America= Red State....but not in a good way. Entertaining yes, but some parts felt rushed while others went far to slow. Don't watch it thinking it's scary and you might come out of it mildly entertained.
Also: Toast, Machine Gun Preacher, Dolphin Tale, Puncture, Marriage, Italian Style and more.
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