It's like a kid's movie made for not-kids. A lot of logical leaps and non-science, exposition is very lazy, but I guess it's all about the action. The monsters were well done, but sort of inconsistent. There was a surprising amount of good, human moments of acting, though sometimes painfully obviously shot on a greenscreen set.
On second viewing, it's over pretty fast. There is a lot of empty space, framing the actual progress of the plot. It didn't have the emotional punch this time, but I appreciated the design a lot more.
I am going to use this movie in the future as a shining example of how you can have tremendous acting and drama unfold even in scenes shot almost in total darkness, and how filmmakers don't have to overlight/overexpose scenes that take place…
First of all, I would encourage people curious about the movie to watch it as it's very difficult to review without mildly spoiling some unexpected bits.
Red State is extremely confrontational and somewhat disquieting. Some will say it changes focus and is unsure what kind of movie it wants to be, but I appreciated the unexpected turns and it kept me on my toes. Michael Parks delivered a minblowing performance, and I can't honestly say any other actors brought it…
Intense but lighthearted, entertaining, great acting, believable character actions and reactions, great makeup and puppetwork, good stunt work, hot nudity with Linnea Quigley, cute scream queens with Jewel Shepard and Beverly Randolph. Can't believe I didn't watch this before now.