Ever since 'Cop Out' opened to less than flattering reviews, filmmaker Kevin Smith has been waging a mini Twitter war with film critics. Smith claims he doesn't need critics or reviews for his films, particularly from people who get to see the movies for free and then write horrible things about them. He may be right. Smith has an army of devoted fans who will see anything his name is attached to. However, it's hard to deny that Smith's stance has created some hard feelings in the movie critic community. Luckily, it seems like those bad vibes could be set aside with one really good film from the guy – and if this teaser trailer is any indication, 'Red State' could very well be that movie.
A wild departure for the director, who's made his career with comedies like 'Clerks', 'Dogma' and 'Chasing Amy,' 'Red State' marks Smith's first foray into the world of horror cinema. The journey from idea to the screen has been a long and arduous process, but it appears as though 'Red State' has come out stronger for enduring the adversity.
The new teaser, which debuted on Smith's Smodcast website, can be found after the jump. It looks distinctly different from any of Smith's other offerings, featuring a dark and grimy visual aesthetic that's a million miles removed from his lighter fare.
One of the things that really stands out in the clip (aside from the dark and muted color scheme -- one that was almost assuredly employed to make the red of the blood stand out that much more) is Smith's reliance on tracking shots. Some of the camera movements highlighted in the trailer seem much more involved than ones in earlier features from the director. It's exciting to see Smith still honing his craft and trying new things.
It's hard to get a real feel for the story of 'Red State' from the trailer, but we do know the film is about a group of teenage misfits who encounter religious extremists after answering an online ad for a sexual encounter. Smith has stated that the idea was inspired by Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps. It's an easy connection to make when the trailer cuts to a closing shot of actor Michael Parks saying "I fear God. You better believe I fear God."
Parks, a standout character actor best known for working with Quentin Tarantino, is joined by John Goodman, Dermot Mulroney, Kyle Gallner and Melissa Leo in the cast. The film will play at Sundance next month and, according to this teaser, is slated for a March release.
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