We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter Christian fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
In the first half, this was a movie about Jesus.
In the second, Jesus just shit himself.
"You said this was going to be a simple in-and-out, sir. Simple just shit itself." - Joe Keenan
There's something about this film that hopelessly endearing. It's like a baby being birthed into the world; confused, lost, messy and gory from all of the afterbirth that's come after it, but ever so lovable. You think that's a weird analogy? Red State is a weird film.
Beginning as an immature and unfunny teen comedy, turning into a religious torture-porn movie, then twisting itself into a siege movie and ending a religious satire that leaves a massive grin plastered across your face at the end of a relatively short 80 minutes, it's probably one of the most schizophrenic movies of all time.…
Kevin Smith loves to attract controversy, and with organised religion once again his particular target he does it on himself. Red State is a deviation from his comedic roots. Another pop this tie at hard line Christian fundamentalists, he does go over the score with his fervent rhetoric of these crazy nutters. Gay hating,America hating, government hating, these are people portrayed as on the fringe of society,but are there really people like this? Years ago America had the government debacle that was Waco, and although this is not based on any real events, this does echo those days and have an agenda.Evil men on both sides conspire to cross a line that brings mayhem.
Teenagers with loose morals, looking for…
Part of the No Rewatch November 2012 Project.
I waited for a while to watch this because I wasn't sure I wanted to see a Kevin Smith movie that was actually about anything. The Kevin Smith I have always loved is the king (along with Linklatter) of the Slacker Film and the man who paved the way for people like the Apatown Crew with this dick and fart humor that was really only a loose shell covering a believable and wonderful humanness. That he was now going around trying to actually make philosophical points wasn't something I relished the idea of. I knew the day would come when I would have to give it a look but I put it…
I tweeted the following to Kevin Smith:
"To lament, Red State is so fucking good on re-watch, I apologise for not liking it the first time around *whips self*"
Lunchbox only went and hit that favourite button!
Kevin Smith takes the horrible acts of maniacal religious extremists like the Westboro Baptist Church and takes it to its next logical step. Which is probably the scariest thing about this film.
Smith has done 'religion' before, with Dogma poking various holes in Catholicism, but while that was laced with comedy, and plenty of dick and fart jokes by way of Jay and Silent Bob, here he goes very serious. Something that he has never really done before (as shown by the flick's tagline "An unlikely film from that Kevin Smith"). It's a little odd to get used to at first, as it's only really through John Goodman's interaction with the criminally underused Kevin Pollack that we see any of…
Disappointing second half, but not a bad horror/thriller. The tension just dies down somewhat.
What a disappointing second half. *smh*
Red State is one of the most unique movies I've ever seen. That's all I'll say, so you can watch it as blind as possible.
"Cheyenne, bunny rabbit...do you mind taking the children out now for the lesson...cause it's gonna get grown up in here."
Red State is an interesting, underrated film. I consider this more scary than a typical horror film as it is more realistic. The ethical issues and shocking moments made this an excellent movie, along with the brilliant acting of Michael Parks. Red State is one of Kevin Smith's best, not even relying on toilet humor. I found the ending interesting and unexpected.
Starts off promising. Then about thirty minutes in Michael Parks starts talking and he just. Never. Stops. Totally kills whatever momentum the film builds up to that point.
Also, the ending is a cop out, and there's not a lot of horror in this horror picture. However, I do give credit to the movie in as much as it doesn't follow the path you think it's going to when it starts. But still, with exception of good work from John Goodman (who doesn't ever put in anything other than good work) and Michael Parks, "Red State" isn't really strong enough to warrant a viewing.
Bit of a muddle, but it's so refreshing to see a horror film stretch a little bit.
For Kevin Smith to suddenly venture into the horror genre after building a whole career out of comedy is a bold move. Unfortunately, it's one that doesn't pay off, at least not with Red State.
Not only does it feel rushed and affect the character development, especially during the first half, but it's also inconsistent and unsure what exactly it wants to be, eventually moving away from the horror element altogether in favour of a huge gunfight.
Michael Parks gives a good performance though.
What makes RED STATE an effective horror movie is that it derives its scariness not from some supernatural monster, but from uncomfortably credible human evil. There are few people in this world I loathe more than the Westboro Baptist Church. It disgusts me how people claiming to be "Christians" can be so far removed from even the most basic tenets of their supposed faith in the utter hatred they hold for everyone and everything. This film opens with the premise that there is a group like the Phelps clan who, rather than being ultimately impotent cowards like the WBC are, actually have teeth and engage in more active malevolence. The film is really powerful in the first half where it…
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