With a Sundance 2011 debut fast approaching, director Kevin Smith is on a promotion kick, showing off the latest poster and a few stills from 'Red State.' The poster comes as part of a special deal; fans raise $1,000 in less than 30 minutes for The Wayne Foundation, an organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking, domestic trafficking, and child prostitution, and the public gets a new poster. The fans succeeded and in return got the film's very first character poster featuring "The Virgin" played by Kerry Bishe. Three more character posters are reportedly on the way.

While you wait, there are also those four brand new stills for the film available, which certainly could allude to who'll be featured on those three other posters. One of those individuals is Kyle Gallner, who you may recognize from 'The Haunting in Connecticut' or the new 'Nightmare on Elm Street.' Think his experience on those sets prepared him for 'Red State?' Think again. Not only are Smith's techniques wildly different from other filmmakers – in this film's case, his decision to shoot to edit - but the film itself isn't a typical horror movie. In a recent interview with Shockya.com, when asked how 'Red State' compared to 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' Gallner explained, "The horror comes from seeing how people can truly treat other people and be evil to other people and Kevin used this specific outlet to prove that point."


Perhaps Smith is onto something, because it's the more psychological horror films that are stealing the year. The most terrifying productions aren't the bloodier ones like 'Saw 3D' and 'Nightmare on Elm Street;' they're the ones that really manage to get inside your head and scare you through the sheer horror of a situation like 'Frozen,' 'Buried' and 'Paranormal Activity 2.' These films aren't just about massacring helpless victims; they're about making these stories feel real and feel as though they could happen to you.



According to Gallner, it seems as though this is exactly what Smith could have up his sleeve. When Smith first started talking about 'Red State' back in 2007, he told Rotten Tomatoes, "The death in a horror movie has always been the money shot in a very exploitative manner. Stabbing somebody and splashing blood all over them is the equivalent to some dude exploding over some broad's face." Smith further explained, "The notion of using a [Fred] Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there's even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that's the other thing that I'm trying to examine in a big, big way."

It's quite easy to link Smith's statement to the idea of 'Red State' being a physiologically terrifying film when you consider the logline: In the film a group of kids encounter a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) who gives a whole new meaning to the term 'extreme fundamentalism.' All you need to do is a little research on Phelps to get a sense of the potential disturbing elements that could crop up in this film.