Hot on the heels of the wildly successful run of films during SXSW, The Paramount Theatre is hosting a special screening of a movie not due for release until the fall of 2011. The film is Red State, the latest from independent filmmaker, writer/director and all-around joker Kevin Smith. You know, the guy from Red Bank, New Jersey who burst onto the scene with his mini-budget indie hit, Clerks in 1994. In the years since, Smith has served us with many tales that (depending on whom you ask) are: silly, gross, offensive, charming, or even heart-warming. Although not a test answer, the answer is, of course, all of the above.
Funny you should ask, because we're about to find out. Red State is not your ordinary Kevin Smith release. You're not going to find any Star Wars references or chocolate-covered pretzels in this one. For the first time, Smith has ventured into a new genre: the horror film. It's an interesting choice and a complete tonal departure from his earlier work. Have a look.
I think you'll agree with me. This looks NOTHING like a Kevin Smith movie. This looks more like a Eli Roth flavored fright fest. Red State, huh? Color me interested.
After debuting at Sundance, Kevin Smith bought the distribution rights from himself and decided to take the film on tour. He's raising awareness and funds to release Red State this fall, under his own banner and on his own terms. Although it's different subject manner, this bold strategy harkens back to Kevin's debut, where he made Clerks on his own terms. The film features a cast that includes: John Goodman, Stephen Root, veteran character actor Michael Parks, and recent Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo. Judging from the trailer, it looks to be an terrifying tale about something that really can be pretty damn scary... religious fundamentalism.