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Kevin Smith Horror Flick Red State Getting Ready to Roll

Kevin Smith Horror Flick Red State Getting Ready to RollWe’ve been talking about Kevin Smith’s horror project Red State for several years now, and through it all a lack of funding has been what was keeping this baby at bay. Until now.

Kevin Smith announced via his Twitter account (follow @ThatKevinSmith) the following bit of very good news:

“I talk about lots of stuff I wanna do that either happens years later or never happens at all. Happy to report RED STATE is not the latter”, adding “First draft was dated 9/5/07. Looks like we start shooting this July. Took nearly three years, but we’re finally gonna roll on RED.”

Regarding the film Smith had previously said, “It’s so fucking vicious and nasty and mean and stark, and it’s not funny … It’s this weird fucking dark little Seventies horror movie … that nobody wants to make.

BRING IT ON!

Red State is said to be inspired by a true case of terrifying extremism taking place in Topeka, Kansas. Specifically the Westboro Baptist Church.

Those who follow the news closely may be aware of the church, which is run by a man named Fred Phelps. He and his followers believe that homosexuality is the root cause of almost every single problem in American history, a belief that is conveyed through websites like GodHatesFags.com and GodHatesAmerica.com. Ironic that it’s really only in America that such a person would be able to freely express his admittedly idiotic and close-minded viewpoint and gain national attention because of it.

Look for more soon!

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  • James Coker

    you know what, I not going to dig deep into this one, so i’m just curious on what a kevin smith horror film will be like besides dick jokes and starwars references

  • hegemon13

    You know, I despise Fred Phelps and his brainwashed clan as much as anyone. However, calling the movie “Red State,” as if conservatism is automatically connected to their sort of bigotous garbage, is ridiculous. There are hateful people in the world from all walks of life, faith, and political persuasion.

    I live in Kansas, the “red state” in question, and EVERYONE I know despises the Westboro Baptist Church. So no, this “red state” did not somehow nurture the emergence of such a monstrous cult. They’re just angry, hateful people who figured out a way to get national attention for themselves, and they’re thriving on it. The best thing anyone can do is ignore them and strip them of their power.

    Kevin Smith, you’re hypocrisy is thick. “I don’t like bigotous people, so I’ll make an angry movie to stereotype an entire half of the political spectrum.”

    • Terminal

      Uh what do you expect? This is the guy who spent days on his Twitter responding to every negative review of “Cop Out” mocking everyone who bashed the movie. Maturity isn’t exactly his talent.
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • The Woman In Black

      I’ll agree that not all red staters support this kind of bigotry, but I have to disagree that we should just ignore them. Better to shine the bright light of day on people like this and call them out as much and as often as possible.

      • Terminal

        WIB I couldn’t disagree more. People like that have to be ignored. If you give them as much attention as possible they’ll know that they’re being heard and it gives them more power. Turning your back on them and ignoring them leaves them standing on a podium talking to themselves without an audience. Giving them your hate gives them power.

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        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • The Woman In Black

          I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree. By your logic, we should ignore the KKK and any other groups that promote hate and intolerance, too? What about the Nazis? I don’t hate any of them — they’re just ignorant and don’t know any better. Which is why I say bring ‘em out into the light of day and expose them for what they are. Sunlight really is the best disinfectant.

          • Terminal

            The Nazis were a military regime who gained a following by the strength of words. As John Lennon proved, words have more power than action ever hopes to and can influence and inspire people whether it’s about civil rights or murdering homosexuals. Giving people an ear whether they’re promoting hate or peace is giving them power, the power that words hold over us. Words are immensely strong and have the ability to crush and infuriate, but if you stop listening to their hate mongering then you take away their power. Then they’ll be just lunatics mumbling among one another about evil gays.

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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Vanvance1

            Terminal is bang on with this one.

            The state should not ignore the people but the media should do everything they can not to turn it into sensationalistic journalism. Oh wait, that’s the opposite of what the modern media does.

            In the end it’s Kevin Smith and he’s not subtle or half so clever as he claims. I don’t think he has the writing or technical chops to make a solid horror flick. I’m expecting preachy and incompetent.

          • AngryChairr

            It’s a trade-off. People like this thrive off of attention. Ignoring them only works to a certain degree. They’ll keep doing things to draw attention even going so far as to start physical confrontations. They’re terrible people capable of terrible things. If a man feels slighted or ignored he’s capable of doing irrational things. It’s the reason terrorism exists in this world. People don’t want to feel like their ideas mean nothing so they’re willing to whatever it takes to give their ideas meaning, even if that means killing others that disagree.

            I wouldn’t put it past people like this to do things like that since wackos on the right and left have been known to bomb buildings, murder those with dissenting opinions, and commit arson all in the name of being ignored/slighted/etc.

          • Terminal

            Angry Chairr you make a great point, but terrorism comes in all shapes and sizes and forms. It’s not all brown skinned people crashing planes in to buildings, it’s people promoting hatred among our fellow men, people doing evil in the name of religion, people inducing hysteria and fear in attempts to control the populace.

            Actions are the last resort of those without the ability to use words, or those without the ability to make anyone listen to them. They’re the tantrums of the perpetual child. When someone doesn’t listen to a kid he wrecks stuff to get attention.

            When that happens, I highly support striking back, but ignoring the hate mongers and not giving them a forum to speak goes a long way, trust me.

            It’s like that amazing scene in “12 Angry Men,” where Ed Begley jumps up and starts ranting about the hispanics and how they’re naturally violent and lowlives and he’s raving and the jurors instead of feeding in to him, they just turn their backs and ignore him. He begins raving, then screams, then begs them to listen and once he realizes there is no one giving him attention he calms down and goes in to a corner. That should be how we treat people like Pat Robertson and Fred Phelps. Ignore them, stop giving them attention and eventually they’ll go away.

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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • AngryChairr

            I was making the same point about terrorism existing in all shapes and forms. I was pointing out that the root of their hatred stems from their insignificance. They feel ignored, slight, or cheated somehow; as if their opinion is no longer relevant in this world. So they lash out in attempts to be heard. Ignoring them is part of the problem.

          • The Woman In Black

            I’ve been ignoring Palin since August, 2008, and she hasn’t gone away yet.

          • Terminal

            But FOX News hasn’t. The media hasn’t. Family Guy hasn’t.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Avid Fan

    Response to his film from the WBC will be something like “god hate directors who take more than one seat on a plane”, or “Got Hates Fatties”?

  • Vanvance1

    Kevin Smith is a poor director. I hope he gets a good DP for this one because the shots and editing in his previous films are poor to barely passable.

    • Terminal

      Don’t worry, he’ll throw in a few Star Wars references and no one will notice the difference.
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”