When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.
Haley Joel Osment
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
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
Kevin Smith stated on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On 55 that the name Abin Cooper comes from the Green Lantern character Abin Sur and a character from indie film The Reflecting Skin (1990). See more »
(at around 1h 13 mins) At the end of Cooper's paraphrase of the opening of the seven seals, he throws his arms above his head. He then slowly lowers them- twice. First in an over-the-shoulder shot of actor John Goodman, and again in the next shot, a frontal shot of the good preacher. See more »
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 »
Non-American views need to be reminded that in the USA politically the terms 'red' and 'blue' are used in the opposite sense to most other countries, so a red state is a conservative one and this film is set in middle America and revolves around the actions of the fundamentalist, God-fearing, homosexual-hating Five Points Trinity Church of Pastor Abin Cooper (an excellent performance by Michael Parks, especially in the delivery of a 15 minute sermon).
When the church attracts the attention of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a squad led by John Goodman who for once plays a straight role, the scene is set for a conflict reminiscent of the infamous 1993 Waco siege. This low budget work, both written and directed by Kevin Smith, is an odd production, starting as a teenage horror movie before morphing into a bloody shoot-out, while satirising both the religious right and the simplistic authorities.
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