Cert: R Runtime: 102 mins Director: Kevin Smith Cast: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment and Johnny Depp
I don’t wanna die in Canada!
Kevin Smith is one of my favourite directors in the game, he creates very dumb movies but I like them. Tusk is his latest in the horror genre following Red State. Finally on demand as I don’t believe it will show in the UK, I finally got to see it. So what is Tusk all about? When podcaster Wallace (Justin Long) travels to Canada to interview The Kill Bill Kid. All doesn’t go to plan and he winds up meeting a strange man named Howe (Michael Parks). A secluded man who has many stories to tell about is past life. During his interview he wakes up the next day finding out Howe isn’t the person he thought he was. Howe has plans to surgically and mentally turn him into a walrus! Tusk is an eccentric blend of horror and comedy, having its fair share of incredibly disturbing moments that stick with you long after seeing the film. Basically it is a much tamer version of The Human Centipede. The first half has a very suspenseful build up and sometimes the dialogue is so over the top, you can’t help but laugh at the excess. There’s one hilarious movie reference cleverly inserted here that I’m sure everyone will love.
Michael Parks is quite memorable in this role.Justin Long was swallowed whole by Parks performance. It was great to see Haley Joel Osment return to the big screen, it’s a very limited appearance. But I am looking forward to his next Kevin Smith movie Yoga Hosers. The big celebrity cameo who actually has a significant amount of screen time didn’t work for me at all. His cartoonish appearance seemed forced and kind of took me out of the film. I thought that after we are finally confronted with the most shocking scene of the movie, everything falls apart, becoming a pure cheese fest. Throwing some dramatic moments into the mix could have given it more depth, but Smith frequently transitions from macabre comedy to heavy drama too abruptly.I admire Kevin Smith’s audacity as he still keeps presenting us with fresh and intriguing ideas. Even though I had a couple of problems with Tusk, it’s undeniably unique and creepy, being a nice return from the director.