First Plot Details Surface: Kevin Smith's Red State

First Plot Details Surface: Kevin Smith's Red StateThe official log line for Kevin Smith's upcoming foray into horror, Red State, has come across our desks so we figured that we'd share it with you. We're good like that.

"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.'"

Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Angarano, Steven Root, and character actor Michael Parks have all been attached to star. Shooting begins this August in Los Angeles.

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. 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.

- Uncle Creepy

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Mr. Dark's picture

Now if only Westboro was a church, and Phelps was a pastor. Smith is part of the problem, turning the boogeyman into something he isn't and giving him WAY too much credit. This is the biggest leap in 'based on a true story' since they turned meek old Gein into Leatherface.

Submitted by Mr. Dark on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 7:01pm.

Um, it IS a church.

I'm really hoping you don't think that "church" only means a big building...

Submitted by G.D. on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 9:05pm.
Sirand's picture

Technically the Phelps' aren't a church. They aren't even Baptists. They've been rejected by every religious institution in the United States. They're a cult.

Submitted by Sirand on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:02am.
moderator But do they get a tax break?
Debi Moore's picture

But do they get a tax break? If so, then it's probably correct to call them a church. Only in America ...

Submitted by Debi Moore on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:39am.
Spaceshark's picture

Yep, They have tax-exempt status. If I knew picketing the funerals of dead soldiers could get me a tax break...

Submitted by Spaceshark on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 8:01pm.
Spaceshark's picture

True dat. Their membership is pretty much composed of family members and, well, more family members.

Submitted by Spaceshark on Wed, 08/11/2010 - 1:55am.
TheDreamMaster's picture

Sounds good. Will be interesting to see what Smith brings to the table visually. That's usually his weak point.


Submitted by TheDreamMaster on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 6:38pm.

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