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Tusk (2014)

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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.

Director:

Kevin Smith

Writer:

Kevin Smith
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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All that separates man from animal are the stories he tells. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agyar See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$846,831, 19 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,821,983, 7 November 2014
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Company Credits

Production Co:

SModcast Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Justin Long visiting the bathroom, and turning the doll away from him while he pees, is based on a story from Kevin Smith's childhood, that he told on his podcast. See more »

Goofs

Lapointe mentions that he requires his "Double double, with eight sugars." A "double double" is a common way of ordering coffee in Tim Hortons (a very popular coffee chain in Canada) and refers to wanting your coffee with two creams and two sugars. The addition of "eight sugars" therefor makes no sense. See more »

Quotes

Wallace Bryton: [on phone] I'm so scared, this guy means to turn me into an animal or something...
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Crazy Credits

And the Director would like to thank everyone who said #WalrusYes - either online or in real life. See more »

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Followed by Moose Jaws See more »

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Blow The Man Down
Traditional
Performed by The X-Seaman's Institute
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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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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