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Sundance 2011: Badass Festival Trailer for Kevin Smith’s Red State

Anyone wondering how Kevin Smith would do dabbling within the horror genre should lay their fears to rest. The festival trailer for Red State, which will be premiering January 23rd at the Sundance Film Festival, is here, and it looks amazing.

The flick stars John Goodman, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Angarano, Steven Root, and Michael Parks.

In the film a group of kids encounter a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) who gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘extreme fundamentalism.'”

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Red State – Festival Trailer
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Sundance 2011: Badass Festival Trailer for Kevin Smith's Red State

Sundance 2011: Badass Festival Trailer for Kevin Smith's Red State

Sundance 2011: Badass Festival Trailer for Kevin Smith's Red State

Sundance 2011: Badass Festival Trailer for Kevin Smith's Red State

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6 Comments

  1. I have to disagree with both previous comments. I’m middle ofthe road with Smith..I like some of his work, dislike the rest. However, not only does this trailer capture (and hold) my attention,but I’m fascinated by the fact that -if I were not told it was from Smith- I’d never guess he made the film. Looks as if he really stepped out of his comfort zone here.

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    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

    • He’s mocking religion. That’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Smith isn’t going to make a single observation that hasn’t already been made by dozens of others. It’s going to be pretty mediocre at best.
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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.”

      • Truth is I can’t get enough ‘mocking of religion'; Religulous was great in the way only something true can be.

        Alas, this is Kevin Smith, the man who gave us ‘Dogma’, and other cinematic turds. He’s a director who doesn’t know how to use his tools and who can create a moment but not a coherent, focused story.

        Pair his technical incompetence with his self-important, pretentious attitudes and you have the cinematic equivalent of a blind hipster. Completely unbearable.

        He certainly doesn’t have the chops to deliver horror, a genre I believe is more complex than traditional drama.

        • “Dogma” didn’t mock religion so much as it did dissect it and in the end proclaim Kevin Smith’s faith as a devout Catholic man. Smith’s film “Dogma” is a love letter to religion, it’s not a mockery of it.

          The Westboro Baptist Church and religion as a source of horror is just such easy pickings. And you’re right, Smith will not be able to make a good horror film.

          As you stated Smith can create moments, but a fluid coherent narrative is something constantly escaping his grasp. Because quite often he’s concerned more with hitting a joke, rather than progressing in to a story. All of his films watch like various skits and segments woven together to form the illusion of a movie.

          At best “Red State” will be sub-par to mediocre.

          But I predict many many horror websites will proclaim Smith the new horror master whether this film is good or not. His fans are far from anything resembling objective.

          I can already see the five knives coming our way. Not meant to be a knock on DC, I’m merely saying Smith’s fans are rabid and more often than not lack the ability to be critical because they’re much too obsessed with praising him.
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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.

  2. Much as I hate Christianity it would be nice if someone in Hollywood had the balls to make something like this about Muslims.

    Since it comes from Kevin Smith I have no interest in this flick.

  3. Looks about as flat as a wooden board. Kind of like a mix between Wolf Creek and Wicker man remake. Neither are good. I look forward to the rave review.

    I hope he lets John Goodman do his famous rants, at least.

    Also, I think the poster of the shrouded figure looking up at the deity is pretty representative of Kevin’s fans, I hope it’s at least watchable.
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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.”

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