First Teaser Trailer for Kevin Smith’s RED STATE

     December 23, 2010

Kevin Smith has released the first teaser trailer for his upcoming horror movie Red State.  Premiering at next month’s Sundance Film Festival, Red State is a huge departure for Smith as the flick is about “a group of misfits [who] encounter extreme fundamentalism in Middle America.”  The film stars Michael Parks, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Kevin Pollak, Anna Gunn, Stephen Root, and Smith’s Hit Somebody lead Nicholas Braun.  Parks is said to play a Fred Phelps-type preacher who leads a family of followers.

If you’ve been following the development of Red State, you know Smith had a really tough time getting the financing together due to the difficult subject matter.  And after watching the trailer, I can see why.  Red State looks nothing like his previous films and I’m definitely catching this at the first press screening at Sundance.  While I loved Smith’s first few films, I’ve been very disappointed with his recent output.  And his attitude about critics hasn’t helped his cause.  Saying all that, I’d love for him to rebound with Red State.  Judge the trailer for yourself after the jump.

Here’s the synopsis via Sundance:

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.



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  • Droncz92

    You forgot that the film also does star Ralph Garman


    God, I pray those retirement rumors were true. Looks like he’s trying to be Rob Zombie. No matter how much money you give him, Smith can always make a movie look like a cheap piece of crap. This looks like someone’s Youtube movie. It would take IMMACULATE buzz on this thing to get me to see it.

  • Twerp

    ‘Red State is a shocking new kind of horror film that aggressively confronts higher powers and extreme doctrines with a vengeance.’

    Yes! Finally a movie about the cult of Global Warming!

    Um…political correctness!

    Um…Hollywood elitism!

    Oh. Just Christianity?

  • clbrat

    Christians portrayed carrying out horrendous crimes, just as Hollywood wishes they really did. As repugnant as Westboro is, they don’t hunt down homosexuals and promiscuous teens and kill them; but, by God, Hollywood sure wishes they did.

    Radical Islamist father in Adiyaman, Turkey, buried his own 16-yr-old daughter alive for merely talking to boys in February 2010. This is not a cheap horror movie, this is real – it really happened. Look it up. Radical Islamists behead and/or publicly hang homosexuals at an alarming rate all througout the Middle East and Asia.

    Where are the cheap flicks portraying religious atrocities such as these? Oh wait, no need – these acts are real and happen in real life. Not to mention that Kevin Smith, like all of his cowardly cohorts in Hollywood, is undoubtably scared to death of the radical Islamists and would never ridicule their religion for fear of being hunted down and beheaded.

    Thank God Christians are nothing even romotely close to how he is portraying them in his bullshit movie.

  • Jojo

    How’s this for a Hollywood movie pitch:

    An aspiring Hollywood actress who’s already known for her supporting roles in a major blockbuster franchise suddenly has to disappear. Why? The powers that be have called for her death – all because she’s dating the wrong guy.

    Meanwhile, an underground artist grabs headlines and more attention than she wants when one of her pieces so inflames the majority that she vanishes herself in order to stay alive.

    Will our two heroines survive to see another day? Will they have to live out their existence under a false identity, always looking over their shoulder?

    We’ll never know, because that movie sounds too unbelievable to get made.

    Only this time, it’s true.

    Remember Molly Norris, the artist who created the “Everybody draw Muhammed Day?” She’s changed her name and disappeared because of all the death threats.

    Same goes for Afshan Azad – the actress who’s appeared in the Harry Potter series. She’s been beaten by her brother. Her father has called for her death – simply because she’s Muslim – dating a Hindu. She escaped by climbing out of her bedroom window, and now lives in hiding.

    You keep speaking truth to power, Hollywood! Keep “confronting those higher powers and extreme doctrines.” Just make sure to keep the 800lb Gorillaphant in the room (you know, the one that stones women to death because they’re husbands have merely accused them of adultery?) out of frame.

    In other news, a fat, aging out-of-touch Hollywood director makes a movie about three horny high-school guys looking for a “gang-bang,” with a promotional poster showing a girl labelled “The Virgin” and titles it “Red State” with the intent of insulting 1/2 of his potential audience.

    In tinseltown – that’s not extreme – it’s the norm.

  • Ed

    So Christians are fair game to be used in a totally fabricated fictional plot. But of course, no movies at all can be made with the central evil charecters being muslim. Not even considering you could take actual events and weave a plot from them.

  • Alex

    Hollywood seems really worn out. I don’t care about their feelings regarding middle-America or ‘extreme’ Christianity anymore. I think if it were 1990 something I would actually care, but that was a long time ago and unfortunantly, it’s not 1998 anymore as I would of like it to (don’t ask). A lot has happened in the world and it seems they don’t want to change, they only want the change they want and they ignore everything else. How creative. They’ve done their best to stay the same since the 1970s.

    People who say they should talk more about that dead Danish filmmaker or the threats against that cartoon. Hell, if you’re not going to complain about that, shut the hell up about Christ or Christians for five damn minutes. Stop talking about Global Warming, too.

    Do they have anything else to talk about? Oh yeah, Vietnam. That’s right. Iraq it Vietnam and they love it.

    Damn. How is it Kevin Smith is still around. His biggest publicity is all his troubles with the airlines. He had another one a couple weeks ago.

    I realize the plight of the common man or woman is below that of their high exaltedness, but can filmmakers use that one bit of that thing their supposed to have called an imagination and find something else to wine about.

  • sunny black

    Hey! Script idea: a group of vile, smelly psychopathic serial killers with tiny penises go on a one day killing spree and kill, dismember, and decapitate a couple of thousand innocent and productive human beings! Awesome idea, right?

    Oh yeah, it’s a true story called 9/11.

    Grow some balls, Hollywood. Or be put on notice that if you’re doing a film called Red State you’re thumbing your nose at the values of over 60% of the voting electorate. Want a horror movie? Wait for our upcoming masterpiece “A Republican President”. Coming soon: November 2012.

  • Brian Wilson

    Rednecks are funny.

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  • freak

    I can’t wait to see this and glad kevin is doing something different and using his own money to make it.I’d really like to see the people who are saying it raise that kind of money, write a well written script ,direct, get great actors, market the movie themselves and do a better job. I bet they can’t .if there is anyone i’m guessing there would not be many.