An irreverent American podcaster interviews a Canadian adventurer whose wild tale of survival at sea masks sinister intentions in this twisted horror comedy from writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Red State). Wallace (Justin Long) and Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) are the wisecracking co-hosts of "The Not-See Party", a popular podcast focused on bizarre viral videos and humorous interviews with the internet-famous. The concept is simple - Wallace travels the country conducting outlandish videos, and returns to their make-shift studio to share his stories with Teddy and the listeners. When Wallace ventures to Canada for an interview that falls through at the last minute, he stops at a local bar for a drink and finds a flyer posted by an old adventurer (Michael Parks) who seeks to share his stories with anyone who will listen. Arriving at the old man's secluded estate under the shroud of darkness, Wallace is promptly treated to a hot cup of tea, and a strange tale of being rescued by a walrus following a shipwreck at sea. It all seems like the perfect fodder for an unforgettable podcast -- that is until Wallace blacks out and regains consciousness bound to a wheelchair. Meanwhile, as Teddy and Wallace's girlfriend venture north to investigate his sudden disappearance, the old man subjects his terrified guest to a bizarre medical procedure that will transform more than just his perception of one of the sea's most majestic creatures.~Jason Buchanan
This is the kind of movie that I would recommend to a friend, but not to a coworker. Now I want to talk about how I personally feel about the film. I think the first half of the movie is a perfect blend of comedy horror, which has become my favorite kind of horror. The dialogue throughout is masterful, challenging the likes of Quentin Tarantino. There are many unique concepts in this movie which is also a big plus for me. The weakest point in my opinion of this film is that it gets to a certain point where the story dramatically changes for the main character. When this happens I feel that the story is more disturbing than it is funny at that point. There are other characters and we see from their point of view at times, and sometimes that can be a comic relief. The problem is that by the end of the film some may feel too disturbed by the climax that they forgot about all the laughs and creeps they had in the first half of the movie. All in all I personally really like this movie, and I would recommend this to a friend. However I would not feel comfortable recommending this film to a coworker.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Kevin Smith's (Clerk, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back) first attempt at a horror flick based on a real-life Craigslist posting he came across. It is an extremely odd and borderline disturbing movie about a Podcaster visiting a recluse in Canada.There are some lulls in the movie, but see it through to the ending. It is definitely worth it.
While not perfect, and not for everyone, Kevin Smith's Tusk is a great, quirky, weird body horror movie that will make you repeatedly say "I can't believe he went there."
It gets a bit drawn out in the end of the second act, around the time that the Inspector (played by Johnny Depp and reminds me of Mr. Tudball from the Carol Burnett Show) comes in to deliver reams of exposition (a Kevin Smith staple, luckily, his dialogue is normally interesting), but the performances are solid and fun. The practical effects are creepy and extremely well executed, too.
And I loved the use of Fleetwood Mac's famous song Tusk. Though originally written by Lindsay Buckingham to poke at Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood's affair, you won't be able to hear the song in quite the same way after seeing this film. As a huge Fleetwood Mac fan, and a huge fan of horror, I can say that that doesn't bother me in the slightest.
After the studio flop that was Cop Out one had to wonder what and where director Kevin smith would go and do. He returned to cinema with the independent Red State, which gained a lot of praise.
That film was also Kevin's first foray in to the genre of horror.
Well, with Tusk he's at it again. In many ways Tusk is somewhat similar to Red State, another horror film, another independent undertaking, another critical success, and again, Michael Parks seems to steal the show. The premise is well documented when it comes to the how and why this movie was made. One thing that can be said is it has an original premise. Everyone's performances are on point and make for a film that'll be hard to forget after you get finished watching. Kevin Smith seems to be rejuvenated and on the rebound and cinema is better for it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Mr Smith takes a second leap..
Away from the Weinstein's Bros, Kevin smith has managed to redefined himself as a filmaker, stepping away from his ViewdAsked universe for the second time, the first was with the crittically aclaimed Red State (also available on BD through Lionsgate) , Tusk is an entertaining comedic horroe film, sometimes it feels like a Twilight Zone episode, but a funny one and a certain superstar showing off on the third act make the film more enjoyable. Justing Long on top form again, gives a great performance while Michael Parks steals the show as the over the top heavy of the film.
The BD comes with a beautiful red slip cover (on its first printing,BBY should stop putting a price sticker on the slips, it leaves glue on them). Lionsgate HomeEntertainment provides extras that will certainly entertain Mr Smith's fan.
What an incredibly strange flick. I've been a Kevin Smith fan for years, but I've felt he hasn't been producing anything of high quality for awhile now. I think, despite it's flaws, Tusk is a huge step in the right direction. The film is very amusing, and surprisingly quite tense during the first half. The second half of the film is certainly goofier, but I personally loved the tonal shift. Not many filmmakers take chances these days, and whether or not the movie completely works, it's just so refreshing to watch something genuinely original. I'd recommend, but with slight caution.
One helluva fun and quirky horror film from one of my favorite directors! I was excited to hear that Kevin Smith was doing a horror film but a little worried as well.
Do not go into this film expecting your typical Kevin Smith film as the film is not what you'd expect. From the pacing to the tone this is a whole new style for him. This is a film you would have expected to see playing the Grindhouse and Drive In Theaters back in the 80's. And that is a good thing!
I wont go into it too much but grab a case of beer, your favorite liquor, some munchies (And things that cause munchies, Friends, And sit back for a fun couple of hours!
As a fan of campy films, I thought this movie was actually pretty great and not as creepy or despairing as other reviewers stated. It laces humor with strangeness, not the other way around. Michael Parks, Johnny Depp, and even Genesis Rodriguez (specifically the close-up scene) did fantastic jobs in this film. Justin Long was pretty alright -- he just plays an overtly vulgar and crass character who becomes victim of Michael Parks's character. The movie is utterly ridiculous, but incredibly entertaining to watch. I do recommend this film.