A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse... who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.

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Kevin Smith

Writer:

Kevin Smith
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Complete credited cast:
Michael Parks ... Howard Howe
Justin Long ... Wallace Bryton
Genesis Rodriguez ... Ally Leon
Haley Joel Osment ... Teddy Craft
Johnny Depp ... Guy Lapointe (as Guy Lapointe)
Harley Morenstein ... Border Agent
Ralph Garman ... Detective
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith ... Gimli Slider Waitress
Harley Quinn Smith ... Girl Clerk #1
Lily-Rose Depp ... Girl Clerk #2 (as Lily-Rose Melody Depp)
Ashley Greene ... Convenient Store Customer
Douglas Banks Douglas Banks ... Kill Bill Kid
Matthew Shively Matthew Shively ... Young Howard Howe
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Storyline

When podcaster Wallace travels to Canada to interview someone, he winds up meeting a strange man named Howe who has many stories to tell about his past life during his interview. Wallace wakes up the next day finding out Howe isn't the person he thought he was. Howe has plans to surgically and mentally turn Wallace into a walrus.

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Rated R for some disturbing violence/gore, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The post on Gumtree (where a homeowner was offering a living situation free of charge, if the lodger agrees to dress as a walrus) was in fact a prank post by noted Brighton poet and prankster Chris Parkinson, a fan of Smith who hoped to get in touch with him. Kevin Smith eventually hired Parkinson as a producer. See more »

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Guy Lapointe says that 'the bodies had no sexy time done to them.' However, in the same scene, he tells Ally and Teddy that a torso was found clogging the sewers, and mentions other body parts that were found as being all that were left of victims; It is practically impossible to conclude that no sexual abuse occurred with victims, from mere body parts being recovered from this serial killer. See more »

Quotes

Border Agent: A Canadian doesn't get sad. Sadness was made by the USA.
Wallace Bryton: Oh, come on. What does that mean?
Border Agent: [pointing at Canadian flag] Take off, it's true. Right there on our flag. It's right there when you look at it. When you see past that sacred Maple Leaf, you know what you see?
Wallace Bryton: A white wall?
Border Agent: You see that in America - you may be red, white and blue. But in Canada, you're red, white, but never blue, eh?
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Crazy Credits

The ending of Kevin Smith's SModcast episode #259 called "The Walrus and the Carpenter", where Kevin Smith is with his longtime friend and producer Scott Mosier discussing and joking around with the story's third act, is heard in the second half of the end credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Tusk (2020) See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged by Robert W. Lowden
Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra (as 101 Strings Orchestra)
Courtesy of Countdown Media
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You Will Not Like This Movie
20 February 2015 | by mjschwar-1See all my reviews

The very definition of "not for everyone", Tusk is an oddball, absurd, twisted midnight movie that plays more like a demented fever dream than a horror or comedy film. I'd never recommend it to anyone I intend to ever speak to again.

Here are the reasons why you won't like it:

1) It's unexpectedly surreal, with little interest in the laws of reality, or at least modern medicine and police work. And it's not directed in an obviously surreal, arty fashion like, say, a David Lynch picture, which makes it even harder to wrap your head around.

2) It's got an odd tone. There's comedy, sure, but it's mostly a slower, more cringe- inducing variety than Kevin Smith is typically known for. There's suspense, and a bit of gross-out, but the film evokes more unease than outright scares, and the grotesqueries are more evocative of a nightmare after eating one too many sliders than, say, Saw. And it swings freely between the two with no warning at all.

3) You haven't seen Tod Browning's "Freaks", a classic bit of cult cinema that Smith has made references to in other films. In fact, you probably don't even know it exists. (Cinephiles will notice rather direct references to many of Kev-O's other favorite movies as well, including Silence of the Lambs and Jaws.)

4) You're Canadian, and your country and culture are No Laughing Matter.

If for some reason none of the above applies to you, may I recommend "Tusk"? It's oddball, gonzo, at times self indulgent and slow, but also occasionally very funny and strangely thought-provoking, provided you're willing to go along for the ride. It'll make an impression...especially if your short-term memory "isn't what it used to be."


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Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$846,831, 21 September 2014

Gross USA:

$1,826,705

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,882,074
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SModcast Pictures See more »
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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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2.35 : 1
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