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Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) - Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski is a fantastic director, who has gone through some real shit. Unfortunately this "shit" has overshadowed his career. He has lived in exile from the United States in France for the past forty years, after fleeing the country in 1978 following sexual assault charges. Polanski has directed some real winners, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, The Pianist, and 2010's The Ghost Writer, just to name a few. This movie on the other hand is not amazing. It is bland and it drags on. The sound is wretched. The comedy is forced. The best acting comes from Polanski himself and his former wife Sharon Tate. Yes, the same Sharon Tate that was murdered by Charles "Tex" Watson in the famous Charles Manson murders. I told you, Polanski has gone through some shit. 

The Fearless Vampire Killers is a horror/comedy movie from 1967, that tells the story of a professor and his assistant (Polanski) who both study vampires. The two shack up in a small town in Transylvania and plan to conduct their experiments much to the dismay of the town. After a few vampire attacks and the abduction of Sarah, an innkeeper's daughter (Sharon Tate). The duo head to vampire Krolock's castle. When they get there they find Krolock and his son. Both vampires. The movie follows the usual "Dracula" storyline from here, the only difference is that hilarity is supposed to ensue. It doesn't.

The movie feels bad. The whole thing is dry and long and doesn't do much but make me long to watch Rosemary's Baby. Why I chose to watch this Polanski movie first, I wont understand. The ending is the only redeeming factor here. It is surprising and drawn out for the perfect amount of time. I wish that this movie could be just all ending and none of the filler. That is just wishful thinking. The cinematography and set design isn't bad, just the story and the acting. Even great directors find themselves making crap every now and then. I won't hold it against him.

The gore in the movie is pretty tame. Very little blood and not much suspense left me yawning and waiting for something, anything, cool to happen. If you are going to have a Halloween party then I would suggest skipping this one. Your going to put your party to sleep with it. Better luck tomorrow.

"Oy vey, have you got the wrong vampire?"
  • The original format of the film was to be spherical widescreen. However, at the early stages of production the format was changed to wider, anamorphic Panavision. This results in some of the spherical shots having to be re-framed and cropped in order to be as wide as Panavision.
  • Roman Polanski met Sharon Tate on this set. She had previously been on the The Beverly Hillbillies.
  • Filmed in Italy and England.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Relic (1996) - Peter Hyames


The Relic was recommended to me by some one over at thebetterboard.com, who says that this is one of their favorite horrors. So Techatomon this one is for you. This movie stars Tom Sizemore and Penelope Ann Miller (doing her best Dana Skully, impression) and they both don't do too bad of a job. That is saying quite a bit for Tom Sizemore, who hasn't been decent in anything since... well since this I suppose. I am not too familiar with Penelope Miller's work. However, she does well in this.


This movie is about a evolutionary biologist (Miller) and police detective (Sizemore) that are both investigating a mysterious shipment from Brazil. The shipment was bound for a museum in Chicago, and when it arrives it is clouded in mystery. The boat that it arrives on is sans-living people, everyone that was on the ship has died. Now the museum that the shipment is being housed in is finding that people are dying left and right from something. What is killing people in the museum? How are the killings linked to the mysterious shipment? Why is whatever is killing people, removing glands from their brains? Those are the big questions here.


The movie preys on peoples fear of superstition. Hell, the museum that is holding the Relic is having an entire presentation on superstitions. Namely superstitions of different tribes. This movie has found some new life in the eyes of cult-movie goers all over. The movie has classic horror elements, however it hearkens back to the good old days of monster movies. Keeping the actual antagonist hidden from the camera for the majority of the film. The blood and guts are plentiful and they don't skimp when it comes to that. Most of the victims in the movie are decapitated in an extremely brutal fashion.


This movie actually boasts a pretty decent cast. Besides, Sizemore and Miller, we have veteran actor James Whitmore and Linda Hunt rounding out the faces on-screen. These four don't really have terrible roles, they are however forgettable. The special effects are pretty decent as well. All of the be-headings and mauling that take place are pretty gruesome. They have really taken the Monster Movie aesthetic and added some hard edges.

This movie is fun and I think that it fits really well in the 31 Movies of Halloween. This movie is great for parties or for a good scary date night. Most of the horror movies that came out around this time were pretty forgettable. Its nice that this one didn't stay by the wayside.

"I heard your wife got custody of the dog. Were you late on your ALPO payments?"
  • Stan Winston and his effects team made the creatures for this movie.
  • Based on a 1995 best selling novel, Relic. 
  • Harrison Ford was Peter Hyames' first choice for Lt. Vincent D'Agosta. The role eventually went to Tom Sizemore.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Highway to Hell (1992) - Ate de Jong


I should have known before coming into this movie that it had a stupid concept. The movie couldn't even get the right Lowe brother. They got Chad Lowe of all people, Rob must have been too busy making Wayne's World. Highway to Hell is categorized as a horror comedy: its extremely cheesy and wonderfully under-acted. The movie has an awesome array of cameos the biggest being Ben Stiller and his father Jerry Stiller and both portray guys stuck in hell. Jerry Stiller is a cop and Ben Stiller is a cook. 

Highway to Hell is a comedy about a girl, Rachel (Kristy Swanson) that runs away with her boyfriend Charlie (Chad Lowe) to get married in Las Vegas. Instead some Hellcop abducts Rachel and she is taken to hell. Charlie must save her so he takes to the open road on his way to hell to find his true love. From there even more cameos pop up: Lita Ford, Gilbert Godfrey, and Amy Stiller. The movie paints hell as the Mojave Desert where people are still operating jobs and living their depressing and horrid lives. Kind of like the movie Wristcutters.

This movie is obviously made for the MTV generation, back when Ben Stiller had his own show and MTV actually played music! Yes kids, there was actually a time. The movie is full of cheesy puns and over the top situations that only add to the charm of the movie. There is one scene where our hero goes into a hellish strip club and everyone in there is dressed in their proper historical garb: Knights were dressed in full knight gear, Nazi's dressed in their full regalia, gunslingers are decked out with 10 gallon hats and western wear, Hitler (Gilbert Godfrey), Attila the Hun (Ben Stiller), and Cleopatra (Amy Stiller) are all dressed in familiar fashion. There is even a Muammar Gaddafi reference as we get to see a reservation at a table in hell for him.

I recommend this movie to anyone that wants to relive the early 90's. This movie has everything from laughs to blood and guts and it sets it up in a Mad Max type environment. Keep your eyes peeled for this on the VHS rack in your local Goodwill. This movie is definitely worth the 99 cents.

Charlie: Can you tell me the quickest way to Hell?
The Hitchhiker (Lita Ford): Sex, drugs, rock 'n roll

  • On Hellcop's chin are the letters "S.J. + L.Q.", which stand for Steve Johnson (makeup artist), and Linnea Quigley (his wife). 
  • This movie features four members of the Stiller Family: Jerry Stiller, his wife Anne Meara, Ben Stiller, and Ben's sister, Amy Stiller, who does bit parts in most of Ben's movies. 
  • Shot in 44 days in Page, Arizona. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Birds (1963) - Alfred Hitchcock


Classics are always amazing, they may take sometime to build up, but they always have an amazing payoff. This is my first Alfred Hitchcock film. I have kind of steered away from them for some reason. It just so happens that the local theater down the street from me is playing The Birds for $3. So I popped on over there and got some popcorn and had an awesome time.


The Birds is about a small town that gets over-run by vicious killer birds. There is no motive and there doesn't seem to be any resolution. The movie instead focuses on the exploits of a young socialite that falls instantly in love with the weirdly shaped "hero" of the movie. She creepily drops in on him while he is on vacation in Bodega Bay, CA. If anyone is keeping count, this is the forth horror movie that I have reviewed that is set on the Central Coast. Anyway, while she is "visiting/stalking" the seagulls, sparrows, crows, and other birds start going crazy nuts! They kill people left and right, its a slaughter. This movie has some pretty horrific scenes. They look cheap, but its amazing for its time.

The movie's antagonist(s) were actually creepier than I thought they were going to be. I was ready to be disappointed but it didn't bother me. It looked cheesy but good for its time. They were crazy vicious too. They killed people! They could break through walls, you couldn't out run them. They all worked together and congregated in huge flocks that would lay over large portions of the town.


The acting is really pretty decent too, but we are talking about Alfred Hitchcock here. This man is a legend, he knows what he is doing. I am planning on watching Psycho, Rear Window, and Vertigo soon. I cant wait. This movie is awesome because it has a real horror feeling, which I assume Psycho has. This movie has a horror feeling and it also has a great plot with good character development. This movie serves as a rare gem in the Horror genre. Its so easy to become a stereotypical horror movie. This movie keeps a few car lengths from being stereotypical.


I would highly recommend this movie to anyone that is curious about Hitchcock's work, its a great jumping point. His stuff is incredibly intricate, he really pays attention to the little things. He really had some great movies and I am really excited to explore his catalogue. It is going to be a fun trip.

Tippi Hedren is the lead actress
"It's the end of the world"
  • Actress Tippi Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith. 
  • The film has no musical score. 
  • The movie was filmed on location in Bodega Bay, CA and Bodega, CA. A few scenes were done in studio. The movie was filmed in 35mm.
BTW... This trailer is one of the best in the movie world. Please if you don't watch this movie watch this trailer. It is really good.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Pontypool (2009) - Bruce McDonald


Awhile ago I wrote a review on the movie Dead Air with Bill Mosley. That movie was really forgettable and got away from itself really quickly. It had to do with a radio DJ and his wacky morning crew that just happened to come to work when a zombie outbreak started. The movie plays up the terrorist angle a bit too much and shows what scares Americans (namely Corbin Bernsen). I thought I would never see another movie like this one... that is until I discovered Pontypool from the same year. This movie is far better than Dead Air.


Pontypool is a movie that is shrouded in mystery from the beginning to the end. The film stars Steven McHattie as shock jock Grant Mazzy who takes the mic during an outbreak of some sort that is centered in their little town of Pontypool. Somewhere in Canada. Little is revealed about the actual incident. We are just aware that emotion and the English language play a part in this. The fact that you don't know what is going on propels this movie forward much like Night of the Living Dead. That movie as well drew a ton of its intrigue because they never explain anything. There are just zombies and that's that. Pontypool doesn't have zombies. Which I am very happy about. The Z wave that Shawn of the Dead started was really swell, but now the swelling has gone down. Lets move on... Anyway, Pontypool is under quarantine and everyone in this radio station is holed up for safety.



There are some scenes of gore, but that really doesn't provide the terror. The terror is more implied leaving the viewer to stew it around in their minds for a moment. The viewer essentially has to piece the happenings together through phone interviews and on the ground reporting from the radio stations own Ken in the Sunshine Chopper. That is what delivers the terror. Knowing that something is going on and you are fully restricted from knowing just what that is.

The movie has a pretty decent script for such a weird story line. The end of the movie is played out really well and I really enjoyed watching Steven McHattie's performance. It wasn't Bill Mosley in Dead Air that is for sure. I haven't heard much about this movie here in the states. Maybe it's just bigger in Canada.


"Sydney Briar is alive."
  • Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds inspired the approach that they decided to take. It was simultaneously produced as a motion picture and a radio play.
  • There are three stages to this virus. The first stage is you might begin to repeat a word. Something gets stuck. And usually it's words that are terms of endearment, like sweetheart or honey. The second stage is your language becomes scrambled and you can't express yourself properly. The third stage is that you become so distraught at your condition that the only way out of the situation you feel, as an infected person, is to try and chew your way through the mouth of another person.
  • Writer Tony Burgess and director Bruce McDonald are intending to include more exposition for two planned sequels.

Friday, October 07, 2011

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) - Samuel Bayer


This is a pretty movie. Its apparent from the start, that this remake of the 1984 classic, has a pretty good sized budget to work with. In fact the budget for this incarnation was $35 Million according to Wikipedia. The budget for the Wes Craven original, $1.8 Million. You don't always get a better movie if your budget is huge, look at Avatar. You just get a really pretty movie that looks polished and has flawless special effects. Again, see Avatar. That movie was nothing but flash. The story is unoriginal and weak... and don't try coming at me with this whole "Shut up man! Avatar proved itself!" shut up! The larger budget in this case makes the movie look too polished to be takes seriously. Why the hell are we caring about watching clones of the Twilight teens being chased by Freddy Kruger? Were not. This movie didn't need a budget of $35 Million. It feels wasted. Some of the appeal of the original came from watching the director be a director and figure scenes out. This movie didn't do that. It felt trite and forced.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a movie about our friend Freddy Kruger. A school groundskeeper and child molester is burned alive by his victims families for putting them all through such pain. Years after his death he comes back and seeks his revenge on the children in the town. Coming to them in dreams and attacking them with his razor sharp nails (You know Freddy Kruger!) Anyway, the differences are huge in this movie. The disgusting use of CGI is apparent from the beginning. Hell Freddy's burns weren't even real, they were CGI burns. He didn't look scary. He looked like a cartoon. It was really disappointing.

The movie also does something different, as it decides to go back into Fred Kruger's history. Giving us some back story on the character and making us feel remorse for him. This makes him less bad-ass and paints him as a wounded puppy, a character that we are meant to feel sorry for. This is yet another element that takes away from the original. You don't need his back story. In fact the movie is scarier without a back story. If you are not a fan of being scared but you want to know about Freddy then I would say that this movie is for you. It is like a family friendly horror film when compared to its original. I know that I shouldn't draw so many parallels but it is hard not to.

The movie has some pretty cool scary elements though. It doesn't fail in every aspect, it just could be done so much better. Jackie Earle Haley actually does a pretty decent job. If it weren't for the CGI, he would scare the piss out of me. The movie does itself justice by keeping the creepy nearly silent dream sequences. Which is always fun in Nightmare movies. You never know if they are dreaming or sleeping until POP Freddy pops up and cuts their throat or something. Its pretty exciting. That is still around. Oh and the teenagers are still played by actors that are like 26, so that didn't change. The movie even has a few jump scares and creepy spooky scenes. Its not a horrible horror movie. It is just different.

Freddy Kruger is less of a movie villain in the horror industry and more of an icon. Everyone I knew growing up all had Freddy Kruger nightmares when they were a kid. Perhaps this new version of Freddy will serve to scare the shit out of kids these days. I would hope so. Maybe when they remake this movie again in twenty years they will bitch about it then as well. Who knows.

Did you know that after the heart stops beating the brain can function for well over seven minutes? We got six more minutes to play. - Freddy Kruger

Director: Samuel Bayer
Producer: Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller
Writer: Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy and Thomas Dekker
Studio: New Line Cinema, Platinum Dunes and Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: April 27, 2010
Country: United States
Did you know: Originally intended to be a prequel. Billy Bob Thornton was considered to play Freddy Kruger. Johnny Depp accompanied his friend Jackie Earle Haley to auditions for A Nightmare on Elm Street. Instead of Haley being chosen for a role, it was Depp who was spotted by director Wes Craven, who asked him if he would like to read for a part. Depp got a part in that film, Haley didn't, but Haley would go on to play Freddy in this remake 26 years later.











Thursday, October 06, 2011

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) - Tommy Lee Wallace

This is the most pointless movie ever put to film. Tommy Lee Wallace and John Carpenter should have steered clear away from this one. At least Moustapha Akkad was financially obligated to the movie. I can understand, more-so, what he was doing there. However, I can't piece together why anyone would go into this movie with such a horrible script. John Carpenter must have been high as a kite! Steven King came out and admitted that when he filmed Maximum Overdrive, he was blown out of his mind. Those guys had mucho bucks in the early eighties and blew it on the rich man's aspirin. 

The plot is virtually un-recognizable. It just keeps going on with no end in site and no reason. The movie has to do with an evil CEO of a mask making company that plans on killing children with their masks. How? Well on Halloween, Silver Shamrock is going to air a commercial after the local channel plays Halloween (Yes, John Carpenter's original Halloween) on television. This commercial will send out a special signal to a piece of stone that was stolen from Stonehenge. Then the mask with somehow kill the kid with a laser, and materialize bugs and snakes inside of the children. Then the bugs and snakes would make their way out of the child in anyway possible, thus insuring the death of the young one. Why? Why would anyone ever do this? Well... that is really never explained. Yup. I guess that wasn't important enough.

So if you made it through what i tried to describe as a plot. Then I want to make this point. The point is that this movie holds a certain amount of mystique that keeps me coming back to it. Hell its why I own it on VHS. Its because Halloween 3 has nothing to do with Michael Myers or that plot device what-so-ever. This movie is a completely different film that is fully-aware of the previous two films. However, the movie is called a sequel... Your guess is as good as mine. 

It has been said that John Carpenter had plans to make the Halloween movies a series horror, with different stand alone story lines. Like Creepshow, but with separate full-length films that come out every year on Halloween. The first two movies that deal with Michael Myers and Laurie Strode have something to do with the Boogieman. I have no idea where he was going with the third movie, but I would of liked to see his concept done right. I wish that Halloween 3 was a better movie so that Michael Myers would have never come back. John Carpenter may have been on to something there. 

I am going to recommend Halloween 3. You have to see it with friends around. This movie is so much fun for Halloween parties. Invite your witty friends over and crack open a few beers. You will have a blast. I cracked up so many times. There is nothing scary about the movie. It does have some decent gore, but mostly its just pointless mess. The soundtrack is fun. I think they even use parts of the setting music from the other movies. 
(Hero) Daniel Challis: Why Cochran? Why? 
(Villain) Conal Cochran: Do I need a reason?

  • The tagline "The night nobody comes home" is a play on the original Halloween movie's tagline, "The night HE came home.
  • Michael Myers does appear briefly in this film, on a television advertising the original Halloween. It comes near the beginning when Dan Challis is drinking in a bar.
  • The voice of the operator that Challis keeps getting when he tries to call out of Santa Mira is Jamie Lee Curtis.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Mans Best Friend (1993) - John Lafia


Mans Best Friend is a horror (comedy?) movie that is filled with uber-ridiculousness from beginning to end. The movie has a 90's made-for-tv kind of feel to it with campy humor and bad graphics. The film is trying to be original and succeeds in its quest. I haven't seen a good dog-horror film since Cujo, but this movie is no Cujo.

The movie is about a dog that is "rescued" from a laboratory by two young twenty somethings that have something to prove to the world. This dog however isn't a big old cuddly doggy with rivers of slobber and a love that knows no boundaries. Nope, roll over Beethoven, this dog is a killing machine... literally. This dog has tons of genetically modified traits like expendable claws for climbing trees. Understands basic English and also understands the components of an Auto-mobile. This dog has metal eyes that probably do something cool, but the movie ran out of money. The dog can run upwards of 75 miles per hour. Finally, this dog pees pure acid.



Overall, this movie is horrible. The acting is terrible, the production, writing, set design, and the Acting. This movie is just plain terrible. I mean the biggest actor in the film is Lance Henriksen. Come on! However, there is something that makes me want to watch this movie over and over again. I think it's the nostalgia factor. I haven't really talked about 90's horror movies too much, and I don't think I've given them a fair shake. I really like the 90's feel to this movie, it makes me feel like I am watching an Alex Mack episode. I liked that show...

The movie really presses the issue of animal cruelty and if this movie ever saw a screening, i bet it was swamped with Sarah Mclachlan supporters that picketed... Well... probably not. This movie is pretty non-threatening and it is obvious that the animals harmed on screen are crude reproductions of what animals are supposed to look like. That and this movie is so far fetched (pun intended) that it doesn't matter when Lassie goes down.

Director: John Lafia
Country: USA
Style: Mad Scientist Creature Horror



Did ya know...
They used puppets and early CGI to create the killer Max. Max is a Tibetan Mastiff


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Hell Night (1981) - Tom DeSimone


Hell Night is a painfully fun eighties slasher film that doesn't have the most original plot, or even the best acting. However, this movie does have Linda Blair at the beginning of her eighties romp. She provides ALL of the acting in the film, with the other characters being portrayed by sub-par stand ins. This is the beginning of her movie career that capitalizes on her character acting in The Exorcist. 


The movie takes place on Halloween night (i think) when the Alpha Sigma Rho fraternity decides to team up with their sister sorority and put the pledges through HELL NIGHT. This entails having two girls and two guys stay the night in a creepy old mansion, while the senior members have sex and terrorize the pledges. Only someone is picking teens off left and right.

The movie is un-original and the acting is sub-par. The best actress in the movie is Linda Blair and her best work was with The Exorcist. This venture just seemed lazy to me, just trying to ride on the Exorcist's coat-tails. The plot and terror was virtually non-existent and the film seemed to just drag on. It even tries recycling scares, coming back to the same jump scene multiple times.


If you are having a Halloween party this year, Czech out Hell Night as it is so bad that you can laugh at it. That is about all this movie is good for. Linda Blair isn't enough to save this trash. Try again...


If you weren't screaming, and we weren't screaming - then someone is trying to mind fuck us here.

S!D

  • Linda Blair almost won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress with this movie. 
  • Filmed in 40 Days
  • Filmed in Redlands, Pasadena, and Los Angeles, CA




  

Monday, October 03, 2011

Carnival of Souls (1962) - Herk Harvey


Independent horror movies from the 1960's have always intrigued me. Their solutions to problems both on and off the screen were always creative. The film-maker has to make his audience scream but can only do it with the limited amount of funds that was allocated to this guy by whatever flash-in-the-pan studio came his way. That meant that this type of director had to work harder to bring the story to life. He didn't have half of the money that Laurence of Arabia even paid their grips! Well... don't quote me there, but you get the idea.


Carnival of Souls is about a woman that was the lone survivor in a terrible car accident. Who is strangely driven to investigate an abandoned carnival in her new town. She is constantly harassed and haunted by the specters of the other people that were in the accident with her and she slowly begins to lose her mind.

This movie hits all of the places that it needs to, it is just plagued by the things that usually haunted cinema in the late 50's and early 60's. Characters lacked personality and the dialogue seemed forced. At some points the dubbing was so atrocious that it hardly synced up to the actors' lips. I know that most of the films at the time had to deal with this ancient editing flaw, but most seemed to manage. The way the director set the film up is spectacular. If you can look past these flaws and watch this movie (paying attention to the atmosphere and story) this movie suddenly becomes terrifying. If you are showing this movie to someone that is expecting to be scared Michael Myers style, then I think you should skip ahead to Spider Baby.

The film had its creepy moments and made you think more than other horror films of its era. The movie's creepy parts are when our heroine is being haunted and harassed. However, this is where those problems from above arise. Something scary would happen, a moment would pass, and then you would hear the scream. It really drags down the scary value.

For its time, Carnival of Souls is a classic horror movie. For some, it may be one of the scariest movies of all time. To me, however, it felt like a light Twilight Zone episode. It lacked character and that would of made all of the difference. If you have a free night this month, go ahead and pop this one in.


"You're gonna need me in the evening, you just don't know it yet."

S!D


  • Filmed in Salt Lake City and parts of Kansas
  • On a budget of $17,000
  • Was an inspiration for George Romero and David Lynch




Sunday, October 02, 2011

Red State (2011) - Kevin Smith


The Westboro Baptist Church is a group of homophobic baptists that preach out of a congregation in Topeka, Kansas. They hold inappropriate signs at protests in some of the most sacred of venues; Gay Rights Conventions, Veterans Hospitals, Concerts, Sporting Events, High Schools, Jr. High Schools, Elementary Schools, and even Funerals. They are mostly known for the latter in that laundry list. You can almost be certain that when their leader Fred Phelps Sr. (and mouthpiece Shirley Phelps-Roper) caught wind that indie film director Kevin Smith would be making a horror film based on their church. They were angry.

Red State is a horror movie that is based on the Westboro Baptist Church. There are some little differences, as the movie actually points out for you in a phone call. This group of hate-mongers actually kidnap "homosexuals" and kill them in front of their congregation as part of a big ritualistic thing. They also have a heavily guarded compound, and are ready to fight to the death for their cause. That God is going to come down from Heaven and wipe away the fag lovers in America. God's Country.

This movie uses the terror of something very real and exploits it. You aren't going to see Red State at the Academy Awards winning best Picture (or even Best Writing, Best Acting, Best... well anything). The enjoyment that you get out of watching this movie is the same type of enjoyment you get when you see Hitler getting his brains scattered all over a Jewish owned theater in Inglorious Bastards. It just makes you feel good. You get to be present when "Fantasy Justice" is being served to whom ever is receiving it.

Kevin Smith is mostly known for his twenty-something comedies of the 90's where he flexed his "Graphic Content" muscle as much as possible. He paved the way for tons of DIY film students and "slackers" of the 90's generation. That was about the extent of Kevin Smith's pop culture reach. Going into the New Millennium Smith's films started to really wind down. Almost to a distinct halt. Movies like Jersey Girl, Zach & Miri Make A Porno, and Cop Out have served as a nail in the coffin for this New Jersey film-makers career. So he decided to make Red State for himself. "It won't ever see a wide release," says Smith at San Diego Comic Con in 2011. "This movie will tour the country with me for as long as we can ride it out." (I paraphrased just a bit)

Director: Kevin Smith


Country: USA


Style: Religious Satire






Did ya know...



This is Kevin Smith's lowest budget movie since Chasing Amy. The Westboro Baptist Church attended the films screening in Topeka, KS. It was filmed entirely on ADRC (All Digital Red) Great for giving amazing quality while being amazingly portable. Smith advocated for this at San Diego Comic Con earlier in 2011.