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.
In his tribute to Michael Parks, Kevin Smith mentioned that the fake voice that Howard uses while speaking with Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) was entirely Parks' idea. Originally as scripted, Parks would have performed a French-Canadian accent but Parks didn't want to use that accent, having already done it on Twin Peaks (1990). According to Smith it was like "watching two wizards do battle and you can't figure out who the bad guy is" and that Parks was ecstatic over being allowed to "chew the scenery" around a major movie star that was "also chewing the scenery." See more »
The bilingual shoulder badge of the border guard says "Duanes", instead of "Douanes".
Actual badges of Canadian customs officers show the terms "Services frontaliers - Border services" since 2003, not "Customs - Douanes" See more »
We survive at all costs. Only to butcher again. And again. Until we ourselves are at last butchered in turn.
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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 »
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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