Indie filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Smith returned to the San Diego Comic Con this year to debut the first trailer for Tusk, his new walrus horror movie which fans are really excited for.
When podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), his girlfriend and best friend team up with an ex-cop to look for him.
Smith is reshaping horror in his new creative resurgence, and this time he’s bringing the terror of Canada to audiences. Tusk which packs a terrific cast including Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Johnny Depp as Guy LaPointe is angling to be the twisted little horror gem of 2014.
Finding life on an episode of Smith’s SModcast podcast with lifelong friend and producing partner Scott Mosier, Tusk was developed out of a brainstorming session between the two on Episode 259: The Walrus and the Carpenter, when the two discussed a story about a homeowner who was looking for a lodger, and who would provide them free room and board as long as the lodger dressed up as a walrus. While the story turned out to be a joke, the two creative partners spun a very cool story, Smith followed through, and thus Tusk was born.
Smith, who has seen a resurgence as a new media champion, and who is taking back and reshaping the indie filmmaking movement seems thoroughly excited by his new movie, and his fans are definitely excited for it too. “I wanted to right what I felt was the only wrong of Red State by scripting something with no religious or sexual politics that could grow up to be a weird little movie and not an indie call-to-arms or a frustrated self-distribution manifesto. I just wanted to showcase Michael Parks in a fucked up story, where he could recite some Lewis Carroll and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to some poor motherfucker sewn into a realistic walrus costume.”
And from this new trailer Smith has really delivered on this promise.
This initial trailer looks thoroughly freaky with Justin Long’s slightly arrogant and smart-alecky podcaster Wallace falling victim to Michael Parks thoroughly creepy Mr. Howe. A sense of immanent dread permeates the whole trailer, and you can just sense that things are not going to end well. Parks, who in my opinion should have been nominated for an Oscar for his absolute crazed performance in Red State, looks again to be absolutely nuts as Howe, tormenting his houseguest with the superiority of the walrus, and then there’s the fact that Wallace thinks there would be nothing worse than to die in Canada.
Tusk looks horrific, freaky, funny and fun, and I’m betting that audiences will be queuing up for this one on September 19.