It's taken awhile, but Kevin Smith is finally leaving New Jersey. The state will miss him. The people will miss him. But his fans, well, I have a feeling they've been waiting for the man to do something different. For the past few months, Smith has been teasing his next flick, a "horror" film, but not saying much about it. While out in London doing his usual speaking thing, the dude finally shed a bit more light on his plans for this so-called horror pic, as well as giving it a title -- Red State. With a title like that, I immediately expect a slew of zombie Republicans to invade some small, unassuming town in middle America. However, it doesn't appear Smith will be going that route.
For Red State, Smith is drawing inspiration from those extremist Church groups; the Westboro Baptist Church (led by Fred Phelps) being the one mentioned by Smith. He says, "That dude has always fascinated me and he's really informed the horror movie that I'm working on. The movie's called 'Red State' and it's very much about that subject matter, that point of view and that position taken to the absolute extreme. It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure." So, will this Phelps-like character throw on a mask and start wiping people out with killer bibles?
Smith was careful when it came to describing the overall tone of the film, and admits that it's hard to explain what he's going for. "It's weird because for a few months I've been saying 'horror movie' and technically it is, but it's also not a very traditional horror movie in the sense that people have been asking me, 'Is it a slasher movie? Is it like the Japanese horror flicks?' It'd be much easier to just show it to them when I'm done and be like, 'This is what I meant.' At which point I'm sure there'll be people saying, 'This ain't a horror movie!' But to me, it is." If Smith goes the Jesus Camp route with this film, then I can definitely see where he's coming from -- that flick was mega scary. But it's also not technically a horror film. So perhaps he's looking to show us how scary some people are without actually giving them knives to chop heads off? I'm intrigued; Smith will reportedly write the script over the next few months, then shoot it "somewhere in the middle of the country" later this year.