As a filmmaker and pop culture icon, Kevin Smith is a polarizing figure - even within his own fanbase. Some want him to keep cranking out potty-mouthed social situations, while others wouldn’t mind if he retired and stuck with podcasting and Tweeting about Batman. With his upcoming horror flick Tusk, Smith apparently took everyone’s opinions about his career and threw them in the bottom of the ocean, or wherever it is that walruses like to hang out and scare the shit out of people.
Good day, haberdashers of all things torso-less. Are you guys staying indoors this weekend, or are you daring to face the streets, where Frank Grillo and the paint-faced asshats from The Purge: Anarchy are on patrol? Of course, there’s always Planes: Fire and Rescue, which presumably has completely horrific scenes of talking cars on fire. That is, if they used my screenplay without telling me anything.
The Cinema Blend offices have been buzzing these past few days as we all get ready for one of the biggest events of the year in our industry: San Diego Comic-Con. The massive geek-fest will be kicking off on July 23rd, and just like every year we will once again have a team on the ground (including myself) covering the expo.
So exactly what the hell is going on in this picture? Well, in Tusk Justin Long stars as Wallace Bryton, a podcast host who goes missing after going to interview a mysterious seafarer named Mr. Howe (Michael Parks). As you can see, Long doesn't end up being the kind of kidnapping victim who is tied up and locked in a closet. Instead, it would seem that Mr. Howe is determined to transform Wallace into some kind of human walrus.
Several months ago, Kevin Smith teased the world by saying “He's In! He's In!”. He was referencing to a big name star that he's landed for his latest film Tusk, and thanks to a recent interview with Justin Long, a bunch of kids may have gotten their first big entertainment scoop. According to said interview, Johnny Depp will co-starring with Long and Michael Parks, in the much talked about indie film known best for delaying Clerks III.
Smith keeps pushing how dark Tusk is going to be, and I might finally be starting to believe him. For the record, a rep from XYZ called it “a memorable film that will leave audiences breathless.” I don’t think anyone has ever said quite that about one of Smith’s films before.
Horror fans know that Hollywood rarely gives the genre the kind of attention that more than $100 million calls for, so let's highlight eight of the most promising horrors of 2014, many of which still don’t have release dates.
Similar to Tusk, Smith says the idea behind the story started on a Smodcast episode, and the plot “concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus - which means the budget has to be LOW, because NOBODY'S gonna wanna make that movie.”
With such a short gestation period – around four months from its initial SModcast conversation to a film soon to be in production – there are a lot of questions left to be answered where this movie in concerned, and Smith wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, getting some of those pesky details out of the way, such as the truth behind how he approached Quentin Tarantino for a role and why the film is seeing yet another delay in production.
So with Parks in mind, Smith “wrote the script around him, so it’s nothing but Michael Parks dialogue porn. Justin Long is the guy in the walrus suit. I needed a guy who has expressive eyes because once you’re in that suit, you’re covered.”