Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.
Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband.
In the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret; they plan to use her in a satanic ritual.
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
The teenager Jarod invites his best friends Travis and Billy-Ray to have a foursome with a thirty-eight year-old woman. While driving to meet the woman, Travis hit a car parked on the road. When they meet the woman, she gives spiked beer to them and they pass out. When the three friends wake up, they find that they are trapped in the fundamentalist Five Points Trinity Church of the infamous Pastor Abin Cooper and that they will be killed. Meanwhile the church is under siege by ATF agents led by Agent Joseph Keenan that have been ordered to destroy the terrorist cell. Will the teenagers be saved by the agents of the law enforcement agency? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
After the three kids side-swipe the Sherrif's car their car is missing the right side mirror and then, as they drive away, the mirror is clearly seen in place only to disappear in the next shot. See more »
You said this was going to be a simple in-and-out, sir.
[holds phone up to sound of machine gun fire, then speaks again]
Simple just shit itself.
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In the closing credits: 'Almost this entire cast will return in HIT SOMEBODY Coming over the boards in 2012.' Also: 'To take the edge off RED STATE go listen to hours of funny for free at smodcast.com "There's so many to choose from!"' See more »
So, a friend of mine won tickets to catch a screening of "Red State"
followed by a Q&A session with Kevin Smith and the cast, which included
Melissa Leo, John Goodman, and more. The show was at the stunning Radio
City Music Hall, which felt strange considering the elegance of the
venue when pitted against the griminess of the film.
The film was wonderful. In Smith's own words, "A nasty-ass little
horror flick with few (if any) likable characters". Three young men
encounter a cult-like church (modeled after the ever-so-famous Westboro
Baptist Church), whom they discover is up to more than simply
protesting funerals. That's about as much as you need to know.
This is easily Smith's best work to date. From a visual/directing
standpoint, the camera is so effectively used to capture the unsettling
tone. He makes an extensive use of the shaky-cam, which, but in more
creative ways that I've seen in recent times. The shaking is definitely
more subtle than say "the Bourne Identity", which adds just the perfect
amount of tension during dialogue heavy scenes, and just the right
intensity during the more violent ones. Both are which are in great
quantities. The quality of the picture was also very good (shot of Red
The sound is also a high point of praise. The real charm of the movie
is its unsettling tone, which pervades throughout most of it. There is
no real score here, either. Every song you hear is within the film
itself, mostly sung by Michael Parks, the man playing the villainous
preacher. And speaking of him, I must say that his performance was
Oscar worthy. Absolutely terrifying.
The writing itself might be where my few criticisms lie. The film has
many twists, a few too many for my liking. These "surprises" impress a
lot of people, but to me, they come off as cheap and make the film feel
really inconsistent at times. Also, whereas the first half of the film
is a genuinely frightening horror film, the second half feels most like
an action/thriller. It was all very good, but only until the film nears
its conclusion does it really feel scary again. But, the writing is
also rather impressive. When I look back on it, nothing in the film
feels superfluous, it all flows and connects greatly. The opening few
scenes set the rest of the film up awesomely. And, of course, there's a
small dose of humor in it, much of it compliments of Mr. JOHN F-ING
GOODMAN. The Cast was all fantastic, but particularly Parks, Melissa
Leo, and John Goodman come off as shining stars here.
The Q&A was fun, mostly because I got to see such awesome people in
person, but I never got to ask my question, and some of the questions
asked were so bad they got boo's all around from the rest of the
All in all, when Red State hits theaters this October, you really need
to see it. It's all around a wonderful piece of indie cinema, and will
satisfy horror-fans, and casual movie goers alike. My rating, 8/10.
I have every intention of seeing this again when it's actually
P.S. Best Opening credit sequence ever!!!
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