Tusk movie review: what makes the failure of Kevin Smith?
When I was younger, I willingly sat through three Saw movies without flinching. I have a deep appreciation for the likes of Evil Dead, Halloween, and Videodrome. On the other hand, it has been a while since I have seen a horror film and walking out of one recently made me question if I’ve gotten soft as I’ve grown older.
And the man responsible for it? Silent Fucking Bob.
The man who made Clerks and gave voice to a generation of listless youths, (and still does, to a degree) the last two outings of Kevin Smith in the theater have been Red State and Tusk full movie, a pair of horror movies that one would have never been in your expectation list from the guy who made films where Alanis Morsette was a God and Mark Hamill played a supervillain called Cock-Knocker. Smith’s last known comedic entry was Cop-Out, a Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan vehicle that Smith didn’t write – a career first for him – and that left much to be desired. If Tusk is Smith’s way back into filmmaking, I would not be opposed to it. This is possibly Smith’s best film to date.
That said though… Holy Fucking Shit, what’s the reason for you, Kevin Smith? The reason for you to make this terrible movie?
Tusk movie talks about Wallace Bryton, (Justin Long) a Los Angeles-based podcaster who had a tour to Canada in order to take an interview with a trendy viral video star who has been called “The Kill Bill Kid.” (Imagine the Star Wars Kid from years ago, only with a real katana.)The Kill Bill Kid has accidentally cut down his own left leg by using a samurai sword, which after that made him kill himself.
Upon arriving, he found out about the death of the boy, and with the kid went the subject of his podcast, The Not-See Party. Wallace’s podcast is based on him tracking down weird/interesting people and retelling their tales to his partner, Teddy Craft, (Haley Joel Osment, A.K.A. “I See Dead People”) who never want to come to any strange places. Wallace is not leaving the Great White North without a subject for his next show.
He finds an interesting subject in Howard Howe, (Michael Parks, a Tarantino staple and the villain from Smith’s Red State) an old seafarer, out in the middle of a strange country, who regales him with tales of meeting Ernest Hemingway during World War II, and finding himself shipwrecked with only the companionship of a walrus Howe named Mr. Tusk. That’s as much as Wallace hears… before passing out.
Howe soon reveals to Wallace that he was a misanthrope who wishes to turn Wallace into a walrus.
Tusk film started out as a classified ad (later found out to be a hoax) that Smith and his friend/producing partner Scott Mosier read on an episode of Smodcast, which the pair promptly turned into a horror movie pitch. (The original and offered a place to crash for free if the person in question dressed as a walrus.) Having listened to Smodcast for years, I knew that Tusk full movie online would probably be a horror-comedy – the premise is a bit ludicrous for a straight horror film – and the film has its funny moments, but the film cranks up the creepiness by a factor of ten.
Tusk movie is something weird, something very disgusting and very funny somehow. It told us a story that has a bad ending, and I can make sure that Tusk film will be more successful if they expand it a little more.
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