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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.


Kevin Smith


Kevin Smith
1,005 ( 390)
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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


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


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


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]





Release Date:

19 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agyar See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs



Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wallace's exaggerated podcasts is similar to SModcast, Kevin Smith's weekly podcast series. 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 »


Howard Howe: I'm so very tired Mr. Tusk, battered by a life of cruel fate and poor decisions and the terrible consequences of both.
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Crazy Credits

A scene after the credits shows Guy Lapointe holding his stomach and going "Ya just had to have the second slider. Ya just had to have the second slider." See more »


Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Tusk (2016) See more »


The McKenzie Call: Ca Roo Ca Roo
Written by Dave Thomas
Published by McKenzie Brothers Music
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User Reviews

Well, that was a surprise!
25 May 2018 | by olovsimonssonSee all my reviews

I had given up hope of ever seeing a Kevin Smith movie that didn't annoy me. Thus, I didn't see this until quite recently, on the suggestion of reliable movie nerds. And I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised.

I have seen movies with a similar premise; a person is trapped with a lunatic (Creep, and Misery, for example), or persons in the same situation (The Human Centipede, and Split), but unlike those movies, this one does things right. It keeps the perfect balance between humor, drama, and horror. And unlike most movies in this genre, the focus is not on the gore and sadism (like the Human Centipede). Instead we have a villain that I could not help but feel for, in-between the utter insanity of Michael Parks' character.

As for the actors, I have never been a fan of Justin Long (which was another reason why I didn't want to see this movie), but he did a very good job! And Michael Parks is absolutely brilliant. Without his performance the movie would not have been half as good. Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez are giving very convincing performances. In fact, the only actor that I didn't like was Johnny Depp, who seemed to under the impression that this was one of Smith's adolescent comedies (and Smith clearly didn't correct him). In fact, had Johnny Depp not brought the movie down with his ridiculous overacting, I may have pushed the rating up a star. It was almost embarrassing to see him try to perform whatever he was doing, and whatever it was it was far from convincing, and honestly, I think the character does very little for the story. He only tells the audience what we had already figured out, or didn't need to know.

So give it a chance. It certainly is not as bad as so many here have claimed.

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