Kevin Smith Removing Ten Minutes from Red State

Kevin Smith’s Red State (review here) was the most controversial film shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. That being said, it was also one of the most maligned as the bad reviews far outweighed the good.

Smith himself noticed some problems during the screening and as a result has decided to make a few edits. This matter was discussed in far greater detail during an interview with The Kevin and Josh Movie Show.

“The movie that I showed the cast and crew screening at wrap, two days after we wrapped, I showed them the whole movie, that’s the movie I pretty much showed at Sundance with end credits attached to it… I loved the movie, we knew what we were doing in terms of editing it, it was a beautiful running time and stuff… and then we go to Sundance and I sit in the back and for the first time I get to watch it with 1200 people who have no involvement with the movie, no involvement with me…

So I’m sitting there going “Okay, there’s something I thought would work, didn’t play with the audience”, “Something I thought would get a nice reaction just kinda laid there”, “Boy, that played way bigger than I ever thought it would, maybe we should shape something around there” and just found some time to take out… if I had to guess I’m saying five to ten minutes somewhere in there.

And John [Gordon, producer] fought me on it. John was just like ”Why bother, dude, we’re our own bosses, nobody’s telling you to take it out”, like back in the old days Harvey would be “I love it! Take ten minutes out,” no direction at all, just take the time out, so John’s like “We don’t have to do that now, we don’t have to really cut the movie at all” and I said “Yeah, but I’m a filmmaker first and foremost, dude, and I want the movie to play as gangbusters as possible” and if the length of Parks’ speech is making anybody remotely go “Maybe that speech is a little long”… I want them to love Parks as much as I do, so for me, right, I’m an editor, you kill your babies every step of the way as an editor.”

Look for more soon, and to stay up-to-date on all things Red State, follow Kevin Smith on Twitter.

Sundance Synopsis
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.

Kevin Smith Removing Ten Minutes from Red State

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  • The Buz

    If anything this is only showing that Smith doesn’t have his head up his ass and is actually taking good constructive criticism and using it wisely to make a better cut of the film.

    Like any good filmmaker would. Hell, I’ve done it to shorts after screenings. That’s what you do. You get feed back, and you make changes.

    • Messiahman

      Screw that! This is the internet! Your reality and logic have no place here! We just want to blindly hate everything – after all, that beats rational thinking, right?

  • Messiahman

    WHAT?!?!?!? After a single festival screening, the director/distributor is making some adjustments to the film before it goes out to the public? WHAT A BUNCH OF DICKS!!! HOW DARE THEY?!?! THAT NEVER HAPPENS!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh wait… it happens all the fucking time. Yawn.

  • DavidFullam

    Dang, I was hoping Smith had removed his head from his own shoulders. Oh well.

  • Sirand


    • Terminal

      Gee, you told me. Do you carpool with Kevin or are you just another View Askew sheep? Want to quote another Ass to mouth one liner or say something about Star Wars next?

      I’m ashamed a person who claims to be so in touch with film making and the biz still adamantly defends Smith when he clearly took a dump all over indie filmmakers alike. But I guess when you’re trying to get in on his next movie you can cite how you defended him against the mean old user on your site.

      Now go ahead with your “I know more than you” response, or just mock me with a Kevin Smith joke Jay or Randall said and we’ll move on with our lives, kay?
      “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.”

      • Sirand

        I know more than you. Snoogens!

        • Messiahman

          Yeah Andrew, I mean WHAT THE FUCK, MAN?! I’m so pissed off that you’ve chosen to adamantly defend Smith! I especially hate the part where you said… uhm, hang on… uhm… I can’t find that in any of your posts but I’m sure you did… uhm… but whatever! You go to Hell! You go to Hell and you die!

  • Terminal

    So essentially, what we’ll be seeing next is not the movie everyone originally saw, which means that people who see the movie now for better or for worse will not see the original film at all?

    Wow, Smith is such a douche dick.
    “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.”