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Watch The Teaser Trailer For Kevin Smith’s Horror Film Red State

Michael Parks in "Red State"

Ahead of the its premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Smith has released a teaser for Red State, a horror movie about a group of misfits who encounter “fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America.”

It’s a teaser in the truest sense of the word, as the minute-long trailer is little more than a series of rapid-fire clips juxtaposing religious imagery with flashes of Westboro Baptist Church-type protests and Waco- or Ruby Ridge-style armed standoffs. And then there’s something involving, I don’t know, a dog cage and a ball-gag. It’s all set to a hymn/sermon muttered by Michael Parks, who plays Pastor Abin Cooper. It makes for strange, but oddly intriguing, footage.

Here’s the official description:

Ever since Clerks (cowinner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival), Kevin Smith has been known for his sharp, subversive, comedic writing. He shifts from comedy to horror with Red State and aptly demonstrates that good writing transcends genre.

Red State begins by following three horny high-school boys who come across an online ad from an older woman looking for a gang bang. Boys being boys, they hit the road to satisfy their libidinal urges. But what begins as a fantasy takes a dark turn as they come face-to-face with a terrifying “holy” force with a fatal agenda.

Instead of relying on archetypes and predictable formulas, Smith meticulously fashions all-too-real characters, utilizing exceptional performances (notably by Michael Parks) and an intelligent script. His realistic style gives the film an intimate feeling, heightening the terror to biblical proportions. Red State is a shocking new kind of horror film that aggressively confronts higher powers and extreme doctrines with a vengeance.

Red State, which stars Michael Angarano, Kerry Bishe, Nicholas Braun, Kyle Gallner, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Michael Parks, Kevin Pollak and Stephen Root, is set for wider release in March.


  • Anonymous

    Looks great. Sundance will love it. Rednecks and right-wingers in the US have no idea how much people in the rest of the Western countries of the world depise them.

  • Anonymous

    Well, it doesn’t look like a Kevin Smith film. I just hope John Goodman turns evil in it at some point. That’s the way I prefer him.

  • Dan Wetts

    The cinematography looks far better than most KS films…even if it’s just a bunch of shaky handheld shots — a marked improvement.

  • Will

    Where’s the Jay and Silent Bob? Hahahaha!


  • nailsin

    How can they not know?
    Wanna know what a real horror movie is? Being a little girl in Afghanistan.

  • André

    very surprised.

    looks just like I wished it would be… disturbing and apparently harrowing.

    no offense to anyone, but this is how most of the world seems to image the ultra-right in the US.

    I’m impressed!

  • Jared

    I love how filmmakers pretend it’s 1990 something or even 1970 something. All their ideals seem predicated on the fact that there are no Islamic terrorists and that vietnam/Iraq war is bad. Hell, even before there was an Iraq war they were hoping….

    Also, it’s invariabley some (excuse the title) white person making films about how bad white people are. Then you barely see (what they percieve as) poor minorities. Why can’t people just be people and why can’t they put more of those people in the movies. Or atleast stop calling everyone racist.

    After 9/11 I saw banners people had put up over the freeways and people waving at passers by. Patriotism. You didn’t see any of that in the movies. It’s ‘hope a war breaks out in Iraq or somewhere’ and ‘hope it goes bad and more people die, then we can complain about.’

    Kevin Smith is kind of sad now. He’s gone from Indie darling to the ‘guy who has trouble with airline seating’. How sad is that?

    …about as edgy as a sponge.

  • Anonymous

    K. Smith has zero visual skills. I just can’t watch movies he directs.

  • ?????

    What the hell are you talking about?

  • Wes

    Fanatics, of any kind are truly terrifying.

  • Lookyheer

    I think this might just be incredible…looks like the definition of reinvention. To anybody hating on it; you just gotta hate something in order to fill that void that was left when your creepy uncle touched your pee pee.

  • what?

    What a bunch of bullshit.

  • wales

    Looks like another “Torture Porn” film set in the Southern part of the country.


  • Anonymous

    Wow. A movie attacking conservative Christians. How brave. We’ve never seen that before…

  • Ricardo

    I’m from Brazil and that’s not how I see the right in the US. I think this movie is unreal biggoted bs.

  • Ryan

    You know whats great, and I’ve been waiting for the first libertard comment on here, is that the guy this is based off of, Fred Phelps the leader of the West Borough Baptist church, is wait for it…..a democrat. That’s why the church has this whole “soldiers are fags” thing. Its liberal extremism. I do hope Smith is accurate with his source material, and I don’t know what to make of the title yet. Hopefully he doesn’t try to make this a “conservative” thing because not only would it be borderline Garfalao/Moore/MSNBC ignorant, but it will prove only further how easily people are duped into believing this crap as something intelligent.

    Do some research buddy. And to be ignorant enough to deny extremes on both sides is as crazy as WBC itself. Try not to engage in defamation and libel so often. You’ll look smarter on the interwebz.

  • abstrakt

    Extreme liberalism? How exactly is the liberal tenet of equality and toleration when pushed to the extreme become extreme homophobia and fundamentalism? Now of course liberalism like any other ideology can be pushed to an extreme and become dangerous like any other ideology but by in large this extremism is criticized and vilified into obscurity even inside liberal circles.

    While yes Phelps is a democrat, the antics he’s famous for are simply more aligned with the christian right (though even they think the guy is crazy. When Jerry Falwell calls you a nut you have a problem) and that is what this movie sounds like it will be attacking, the christian right, the American fundamentalists. Also the guy seems to hate most democrats, even thinking Obama is he antichrist.

  • Anonymous

    And a very Merry Christmas to you, too, sir!!!

    Ho Ho Ho :-)

  • Rosesarah6

    This looks totally moronic, predictable and divisive.

    And I’m an agnostic liberal from a so-called Blue State. But this stuff screams schlock scare-mongering and stereotyping. Yes, I know that there are some religious so-called Christian fruit-loops out there, but calling the movie “Red State” implies that “this is the way all Red States are”. It would be the same as making a movie called “Africa” that focuses on how some tribal people mutilate their daughters’ vaginas.

    A movie like this is every bit as mean-spirited and judgmental as the antagonists it showcases.

    Oh how far you’ve fallen, Kevin Smith.

    But people who love to hate certain mass groups of their own fellow citizens will love it and think it so very witty.

  • Sugargl1der

    I’d wager they hate liberals just as much. And for the record, I’m a Democrat; I just don’t kid myself about any kind of inherent political propriety.

  • Anonymous

    And that’s where you’re wrong :) Other Western countries love Obama and the feel sorry that solid Democrats have to share the country with George Bush and the Republicans.

    American Conservatives are so self-righteous that they are completely ignorant as to how they isolate and alieniate themselves from other Westerners. Take Norway for example: even the Norwegian Conservative Party voters who would never consider themselves socialists in their own country would probably call themselves socialists if they lived in the US.

  • Gregg

    That sounds more like a real life situation than a horror movie. I wonder if the “3D” movie trend is messing with your brain?

  • Gregg

    What in the fresh hell are you talking about? You’re pointing at the “God Hates Fags” guy as your example of “Extreme Liberalism”? Are you also using Eeyore as an example of jovial optimism and citing Bruce Villanch as the quintessential ladies’ man?

  • Anonymous

    He’s probably dyslexic and used to receiving his information backwards.

  • Anonymous

    One thing that’s funny is how movies like this reveal the complete hypocrisy of many fans, who can’t really demonstrate principles. They’ll CLAIM to not want any lecturing or moralizing from their movies, but the reality is they’ll be perfectly fine with those things if the politics agree with them. You’ll hear story after story about how conservatives can never get movies made in Hollywood, but fans won’t mind THAT kind of discrimination because, you know.. it’s just “those conservatives”. Their liberal views tell them it’s wrong to paint a group of people a certain way based on a small segment, unless of course that segment is one of their pre-determined acceptable targets, like religious people, political conservatives, you know, those people. It really is pathetic.

  • Crowley

    Hey people, why don’t we all just settle down and wait to see the movie before we start talking about what it actually is and isn’t about, eh?

  • Sugargl1der

    So we should elect presidents based on how other countries feel about them? Why not just have the other electorates vote on them, then? Why not just turn all our policies over to Europe and get it over with? Has it ever occurred to you that “other Western countries” might just be wrong, or at the very least just see things through the prism of their own experience and are more concerned about their own well being than that of America? (and I don’t blame them of course).

    And again, no liberals are self-righteous? Give me a break.

    Neither political party has a monopoly on the truth, and anyone who votes purely along party runs the risk of becoming an acolyte who allows others to think for him. Conservatives aren’t all Bible thumping, money hungry, empire builders and Democrats aren’t all bong toting, lazy appeasers. Don’t paint with such a broad brush; there’s lots more gray in the world than there is black and white. I understand it makes things much easier if we can all just assign big EVIL and GOOD stickers to people and parties but it doesn’t work that way. That whole mindset runs completely counter REAL liberalism which embraces open-mindedness and listening to divergent viewpoints, not just doing blanket dismissals like assuming that ALL American Conservatives are “so self-righteous” and “ignorant”.

    I like President Obama. I voted for him. But I don’t delude myself about him (he certainly wasn’t my first choice). He’s human, he doesn’t walk on water or possess any kind of omniscience. And I share your wish that America be well regarded overseas. But I hardly think these other countries you are so concerned about spend much time worrying about how America will perceive the results of their elections when they vote, and neither should we.

  • Anonymous

    Leftism is not about equality and toleration. Especially not in the US, as this thread shows beyond any argument.

    And that’s without getting into the historic ties that progressivism has to eugenics, bigotry, and the like. (What, you didn’t know the real reason behind Planned Parenthood’s establishment?)

    Phelps fits perfectly into the Woodrow Wilson lineage.

  • Greg

    This post got messed up…see above

  • Greg

    Speaking of people who say things like this: the feeling is mutual. Want to know why this film isn’t about Islam? Because Christians, not even Phelps types, do not commit acts of mass homicide as protests.

    Christians are “soft targets” in terms of religious bigotry, because they are the only religion in the world it seems that EVERYONE hates, and therefore doesn’t enjoy the protection either of law or of social custom.

  • Anonymous

    No no no no no no no. You got it wrong. I don’t believe the United States should worry about what other countries think about it.

    I just wanted to point out how out of touch with reality and world culture the Republicans are :)

  • Anonymous

    Greg, I suggest going off and getting a university education and learning a little bit before you voice your opinions.

  • abstrakt

    So what your saying is that it’s impossible for an ideology that is based around moving and changing with the times to reassess and throw away idiotic archaic ideas like eugenics. Hmmm. Okay I’ll mention that in the next big secret liberal conspiracy shadow government meeting we have once a month in San Francisco.

  • Anonymous

    Again, what you’d like leftism to be and what it actually is are two different things. Leftist philosophy is no less unquestioning, dogmatic, and reactionary than most of its rightward counterparts.

    And if you’re thinking eugenics, anti-Semitism, and the like have been purged from the left, national or international, you’re just simply not living in reality.

  • Anonymous

    I reserve the right to regard as unworthy of taking seriously anyone who hates the US, feels Castro and Chavez are spectacularly benevolent rulers, and/or regards the UN as the solution to… well, anything (other than perhaps a lack of rapes and forced prostitution in the Third World).

    Heck, it’s next to impossible to find the American “ultra right” (i.e., the John Birch Society) these days. To find its left-wing equivalent, one has only to turn on the TV or walk over to the local university.

  • Anonymous

    “Conservatives can never gewt pictures made in Hollywood…”
    I wonder why.
    Let’s check in on the box office for “American Carol,” shall we?