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. 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. 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, Rovi
Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez
Release Date: Sep 19, 2014
Rated R for Sexual Content, Language, Gore and Some Disturbing Violence
Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min.
Kevin Smith is a hit or miss director for me. Even his earlier films like Clerks, Mall Rats or Chasing Amy never really connected with me, I found them amusing but never found out what made Smith a name director. Dogma is probably my favorite film from Smith with his recent foray into horror, Red State, being his worse film. So I was a bit ambivalent when I heard about his 2nd horror film, Tusk, but I was rather intrigued by the insane concept. The film is rather odd but surprisingly straightforward as well. Some have compared it to the Human Centipede which I think is more than a bit off because it’s kind of its own creature, pun intended. The best thing about Tusk is that it’s actually funny. Smith skewers plenty of classic horror tropes, showcasing how ridiculous some of the situations are by taking it to the most extreme degree. The cast is rather impressive, including a surprise appearance by a well known actor. Justin Long is appropriately douchey so when karma comes his way, you don’t feel an ounce of sympathy. Michael Parks is clearly having a great time in a very nutty role. Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment are noteworthy in their ability to play it straight while Smith shoots varying levels of insanity at them. Tusk is definitely Kevin Smith’s weirdest film but it’s also one of his better efforts as well.