NEVERTHRONERS! To your #got bunkers! This is going to be a rough one!
I’ve been a fan of Kevin Smith’s films since I saw Clerks in 1994. While he’s had his rough spots (-cough Jersey Girl cough-), and his films certainly don’t appeal to all tastes, he’s turned into a darn good filmmaker. Mr. Smith is almost as well known for his growing Smodcast network as his films these days, and he has said multiple times that he feels his film career is coming to an end, he seems to still have a few tricks up his sleeve.
This is the first teaser trailer for his newest film, Red State. Described as a horror film, what is known so far is it is loosely based on those lovable kooks over at the Westboro Baptist Church. While I was immediately drawn to this production by Mr. Smith and the subject matter, I am blown away by this teaser. If Mr. Smith hadn’t published this trailer himself, and removed his name from it, I would have never guessed this was made by him.
While the trailer is filled with quick cuts that don’t leave you much time to focus, this is a whole new look for Mr. Smith. You can almost feel a new maturity coming from these shots, and the general sense of uneasiness and claustrophobia lends to you seeing him grow into a seasoned filmmaker.
Will this movie be for everyone? Heck no. It is still Kevin Smith writing and directing this film, and he is not one to sugarcoat his sensibilities and world view. It will offend a great number of people, and that’s just the way things are.
Mild language warning, but I encourage you to check it out. (look at it this way, this replaced my annual post about Festivus)