Most know the Pillsbury dough nerd, Kevin Smith for his classic dick and fart films; like Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, etc. Well, unless you’ve been keeping up with the funny fat man he’s been working on something much sinister than his normal fair. Red State, a project years in the making (turned down by every studio) is Smith’s attempt at the horror genre. ‘Red State’ is said to be something unlike anything we’ve seen from him before.  A challenge to himself and to his fans to do something completely out of his comfort zone. Something original, something horrific, something political and if I may say, something interesting. From what we hear it’s about a group of kids who encounter a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) and gives a whole new meaning to the term “extreme fundamentalism”.

Well, Red State, after finishing a 25 day production schedule on Wednesday the 27th, had it’s first screening of the completed cut at the film’s wrap party on Saturday the 30th. Yes, Smith has delivered a finished cut of his film, complete with end credits, a mere three days after having finished filming it. Apparently Smith spent every available moment editing the film so that he could show his cast and crew an early cut. On his blog Smith said that what he showed last night was not just a rough cut, but a version that is ” fine-cut, complete with credits and some pre-mixing… 98 mins with a end credit sequence that’s not to be believed.”

When can we expect to see the film? According to Smith’s goal is to submit the film to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which will happen this January in Park City Utah. The plan is to go in without a distributor and “from there, we’ll see the lay of the land.” Sundance’s deadline for entries was September 16th, so it’s a wonder if they will make an exception for him, but knowing his notoriety they are bound to squeeze him in.

I dunno about the rest of you, but I am fascinated with this movie. Besides the basic plot synopsis and back story on trying to find studio funding for the film I really don’t know much about it. I’m so used to his usual run-of-the-mill dick jokes mixed in with some false sense of emotion and personal growth that this type of movie from him is very curious.

Are you excited for ‘Red State’? Do you think this will be the movie that will actually define Smith’s writing and directing talent? What do you think will do for his career? Please, share you thoughts in the comment section below.

Michael Parks (
Kill Bill Volume 2) plays the lead character Abin Cooper,  a preacher loosely based on Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. The film also stars Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano, Stephen Root, John Goodman and Kevin Pollak.

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