Kevin Smith’s first venture into horror, “Red State,” made a memorable debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which garnered a lukewarm reaction, wasn’t the talking point. What was? Smith’s declaration that he would self-distribute the flick himself and the ruckus outside the screening where the Westboro Baptist Church staged a protest against Smith and close to 100 counter-protesters.
Since the event, the “Clerks” director has been touring the film with pricey roadshow screenings that he hosted personally with Q&A sessions after each screening. If you’re a Smith fan (or just curious to see him dabble in another genre), you’ll no doubt be curious to check out the just-released trailer for the satirical horror pic.
What unfolds in the two-and-a-half-minute spot is chilling to the bone and full of profanity. It opens with Melissa Leo coercing three boys to sleep with her, only to drug them, kidnap them and lock them up in cages. Next thing you know, they find themselves in a Church where a crazed Michael Parks preaches about doing away with sinners. A whole lot of mayhem ensues.
Despite some of the negative word of mouth following its premiere, this trailer makes the film look mega-promising. It helps that it features a quote from Quentin Tarantino, who gives it his seal of approval with, “I fucking love this movie!”
“Red State” goes on VOD on Labor Day weekend through Lionsgate and hits theaters in October through Smith’s SModcast Pictures.