Kevin Smith Tells of His Horror Movie - Red State
by Alex Billington
April 7, 2007
One of my favorite filmmakers in Hollywood (although not everyone's) is Kevin Smith, who is a fascinating speaker as well as filmmaker. One of his upcoming projects, a horror movie, has been on the backburner for a while, finally to be made sometime this year (or next). Rotten Tomatoes over in the UK got a chance to speak with him, where he revealed a few more plot details and most importantly, the name - Red State. The title actually corresponds with voting and the conservative red states.
Smith, who I'm confident can almost always create something incredibly unique, just like Quentin Tarantino, said that it isn't exactly a horror movie by definition of today's standards. He said he can't really explain, but when you see it you'll understand but still not call it a horror movie, but to him it is.
"It's weird because for a few months I've been saying 'horror movie' and technically it is, but it's also not a very traditional horror movie in the sense that people have been asking me, 'Is it a slasher movie? Is it like the Japanese horror flicks?' It'd be much easier to just show it to them when I'm done and be like, 'This is what I meant.' At which point I'm sure there'll be people saying, 'This ain't a horror movie!' But to me, it is."
"To me there's all kinds of horror, and killing someone's not the absolute worst thing you could do to another human being," he said, "The death in a horror movie has always been the money shot in a very exploitative manner. Stabbing somebody and splashing blood all over them is the equivalent to some dude exploding over some broad's face."
Smith said the movie would be based somewhat off of the religious leader Fred Phelps:
"That dude has always fascinated me and he's really informed the horror movie that I'm working on," Smith told us, "The movie's called 'Red State' and it's very much about that subject matter, that point of view and that position taken to the absolute extreme. It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure."
For many more details from the interview, head over to Rotten Tomatoes. I'm looking forward to both of Smith's upcoming projects, including his comedy, and anything the man says or does - just look at his response to Grindhouse, that was enough to make headlines!