RT-UK Exclusive: Kevin Smith's Horror Project Revealed

by | April 6, 2007 | Comments

Rotten Tomatoes UK can exclusively reveal that Kevin Smith‘s next project – a horror movie – is called "Red State". Up until now Smith has revealed little about the film other than the fact it’s a horror movie and it’ll be decidedly less joke-y than his back-catalogue. But, in addition to the title, Smith was keen to give us a head’s up on the plot of the film.

If you’ve seen any of his "An Evening With…" DVDs, you’ll know how much fun it can be to sit down in an audience and listen to "Clerks II" director Kevin Smith talk. In London this past week with his family – his daughter Harley is missing Johnny Depp‘s daughter Lily-Rose while he’s in town working on "Sweeney Todd" so they arranged an international play-date – Smith took to the stage of the Prince Charles Cinema just off Leicester Square for two of his infamous four-hour Q&As.

But even in the relatively small company of five hundred that packed into the cinema on each night, getting a question in proved difficult as Smith worked his trademark tangential style around topics as diverse as his favourite dinosaur, why he hasn’t yet seen Firefly and what happens to a Dachshund post-coitus.

So RT-UK naturally leapt at the chance to spend some time with Smith one-on-one while he was in town and he graciously allowed us a whole two hours to riff on whatever came to mind. We’ll be sharing the full conversation very soon but we did want to rush this item to your attention right away.

UK audiences recently saw documentary journalist Louis Theroux spend time with members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, a controversial church group made largely of members of the Phelps family and run by preacher Fred Phelps. Infamous in America for taking a supremely homophobic stance and for picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, the group see media interviews as a platform for airing their views and the word of their founder, Fred Phelps.

"That dude has always fascinated me and he’s really informed the horror movie that I’m working on," Smith told us, "The movie’s called ‘Red State’ and it’s very much about that subject matter, that point of view and that position taken to the absolute extreme. It’s certainly not Phelps himself but it’s very much inspired by a Phelps figure."

But while Smith is convinced that "horror" is the right definition for the film, he’s not so sure audiences will agree. "To me there’s all kinds of horror, and killing someone’s not the absolute worst thing you could do to another human being," he said, "The death in a horror movie has always been the money shot in a very exploitative manner. Stabbing somebody and splashing blood all over them is the equivalent to some dude exploding over some broad’s face.

"And to me, too, the notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there’s even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that’s the other thing that I’m trying to examine in a big, big way. It’s weird because for a few months I’ve been saying ‘horror movie’ and technically it is, but it’s also not a very traditional horror movie in the sense that people have been asking me, ‘Is it a slasher movie? Is it like the Japanese horror flicks?’ It’d be much easier to just show it to them when I’m done and be like, ‘This is what I meant.’ At which point I’m sure there’ll be people saying, ‘This ain’t a horror movie!’ But to me, it is."

Smith is planning to write the film in the next few months before shooting it later in the year. "We’re going to shoot it somewhere in the middle of the country, in a true red state." And it’s not the only feature project on the horizon, as Smith told us he’s in the middle of writing a comedy to shoot in the winter. "It takes place in the middle of winter in Minnesota so we have to wait for snow," he said.

Our full conversation with Smith, including more about "Red State", is on its way, but for now why not have your say on the forums or visit Smith on the web at silentbobspeaks.com and viewaskew.com.

Many, many thanks to Kevin for being so generous with his time, on Good Friday of all days, and to his wonderful assistant Gail Stanley we are enormously indebted for the late nights she’s pulled putting us in touch across time-zones.

Tag Cloud

aliens Image Comics Tomatazos Extras BET hist festivals films elevated horror Vudu Amazon Tubi 93rd Oscars parents suspense Endgame Horror Shudder A&E Binge Guide feel good obituary Broadway saw New York Comic Con Acorn TV sequels renewed TV shows TV One heist movie Turner Classic Movies See It Skip It spider-man rotten movies we love supernatural Fantasy cooking Fox Searchlight cops Polls and Games game of thrones CBS All Access comic book movie Christmas Oscars dark asian-american romance YouTube Premium Paramount Plus Baby Yoda australia toy story TBS Reality Competition Crunchyroll satire LGBTQ Lifetime Christmas movies hispanic BAFTA slashers boxing teaser know your critic Super Bowl mockumentary Television Academy psychological thriller cinemax disaster Calendar spinoff king kong WGN slasher ratings black comedy science fiction 1990s ABC Signature natural history E! CMT revenge Trailer Black Mirror new york indiana jones war Dark Horse Comics comic witnail Toys Lionsgate scene in color award winner trailers Countdown art house spain based on movie DC Universe scorecard popular black Apple TV+ comedies SXSW History Box Office Avengers reboot Emmy Nominations best hollywood joker twilight television Amazon Prime Disney+ Disney Plus Comic-Con@Home 2021 Mindy Kaling justice league live event dramedy Stephen King LGBT king arthur VOD Universal movie movies Creative Arts Emmys Pirates Epix period drama Grammys Martial Arts The Witch Mary Poppins Returns The Walking Dead Star Wars Sony Pictures chucky NBA USA Network Elton John thriller 71st Emmy Awards Pacific Islander Rock name the review Legendary news Trophy Talk rt labs halloween Spectrum Originals Sundance TV cars stop motion TV movies Disney Channel FX TruTV crime political drama casting lord of the rings Netflix Christmas movies sopranos video on demand die hard HBO Go indie boxoffice Hallmark universal monsters godzilla aapi Nickelodeon anthology Spring TV sequel Schedule Interview critic resources Pixar Rocketman Logo historical drama HBO Max cancelled talk show scary movies book concert YA Neflix sag awards Writers Guild of America nature HBO Animation Captain marvel toronto MCU TCA Awards Apple TV Plus italian 4/20 fast and furious dceu golden globes Instagram Live new star wars movies hidden camera Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt jamie lee curtis Walt Disney Pictures streaming movies screen actors guild latino BET Awards Podcast PBS AMC Election richard e. Grant Mystery 24 frames cults Esquire San Diego Comic-Con Character Guide kong scary The CW BBC One rt labs critics edition emmy awards Women's History Month Marvel comics what to watch Pet Sematary Superheroe ITV Best and Worst streaming DC Comics GoT Tarantino docuseries Netflix screenings binge prank Chilling Adventures of Sabrina police drama E3 El Rey dreamworks NYCC cancelled TV series anime kids TNT TCA CW Seed adenture Winter TV Hulu Sci-Fi Classic Film cancelled television blaxploitation TLC wonder woman child's play Country spider-verse Year in Review Peacock Paramount Network ABC Family Premiere Dates Mary Tyler Moore franchise Fall TV APB politics quibi monster movies venice Funimation superman Lifetime reviews adaptation green book blockbusters young adult Sundance Now facebook Masterpiece spanish language Video Games Food Network zombies classics Awards Set visit Shondaland Paramount cancelled TV shows Thanksgiving 90s Brie Larson RT21 serial killer biography Exclusive Video Disney Universal Pictures Tokyo Olympics Britbox Alien GIFs FXX Comics on TV Star Trek Emmys Comic Book TV diversity Red Carpet spy thriller Television Critics Association documentary PaleyFest telelvision zombie basketball Cartoon Network Reality BBC America Rom-Com south america true crime Summer Heroines Opinion pirates of the caribbean Nominations dexter Nat Geo miniseries sitcom Hear Us Out football dc TIFF Marvel Studios 2019 vampires critics transformers Tumblr laika Adult Swim Ghostbusters foreign composers Ovation crossover Valentine's Day BBC japan PlayStation space Film X-Men Musicals 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards independent children's TV Showtime DGA Sundance posters unscripted vs. Spike international tv talk Superheroes NBC Teen Comedy Central royal family rom-coms zero dark thirty CNN series Certified Fresh mission: impossible halloween tv Black History Month Action OWN 20th Century Fox SundanceTV book adaptation technology Cannes Photos biopic Comedy President mutant IMDb TV FX on Hulu crime drama canceled 72 Emmy Awards remakes mob Winners American Society of Cinematographers directors marvel cinematic universe Sneak Peek game show theme song Mudbound Discovery Channel Anna Paquin new zealand Pride Month Apple batman singing competition Trivia Awards Tour DC streaming service First Look Disney Plus a nightmare on elm street TV renewals First Reviews high school IFC Hallmark Christmas movies french Wes Anderson target Pop TV Music Rocky USA IFC Films Pop Song of Ice and Fire 2017 Family mcc 21st Century Fox worst movies VH1 Warner Bros. stand-up comedy Musical fresh blockbuster ABC women marvel comics spanish japanese TCA 2017 stoner Amazon Studios CBS debate razzies Ellie Kemper comic book movies gangster discovery The Academy Western breaking bad Drama robots archives comiccon ESPN Film Festival strong female leads Amazon Prime Video versus 73rd Emmy Awards animated adventure travel Biopics 2020 Chernobyl VICE Arrowverse medical drama rt archives MSNBC Freeform RT History Watching Series Holiday dragons The Arrangement legend cartoon christmas movies YouTube hispanic heritage month canceled TV shows Crackle 2016 TV Land ViacomCBS werewolf all-time Academy Awards 2021 Travel Channel romantic comedy The Purge golden globe awards live action DirecTV Kids & Family finale video Columbia Pictures A24 worst criterion 2015 Starz nbcuniversal The Walt Disney Company harry potter psycho Infographic jurassic park action-comedy Marathons National Geographic olympics ghosts AMC Plus Quiz 007 45 OneApp sports GLAAD TCA Winter 2020 Syfy Lucasfilm Turner nfl SDCC deadpool Marvel Television superhero documentaries social media dogs doctor who Mary poppins free movies Bravo comic books Cosplay rotten FOX Fox News TCM kaiju 2018 ID festival docudrama genre 99% Disney streaming service james bond YouTube Red WarnerMedia Holidays cats MTV crime thriller