Red State (2011)

Religion is a big deal in this small Texas town, but not as big of a deal as getting your dong wet if you are a teenage boy.  A high schooler finds a chick on a dating site that is willing to bang him and his friends, so they go off gallivanting is search of poon.  They arrive at an old trailer, and an even older woman answers the door with ‘boobs that are nothing to write home about’, and gives them a few beers to get them all ready for the sexy time.  Oh shit, the beer was drugged by a crazy religious group; well those boys could probably use some Jesus in them anyway, and according to the extremist paster they could use a few bullets too.  The church has been killing gays and sexual deviants around town to win God’s favor and do his work here on Earth.  The boys break free of their captors at the same time as a DEA team arrives to search the compound on suspicion of illegal guns.  With the kids caught in the crossfire of the cult and John Goodman’s DEA team, it doesn’t look good for anyone involved, until a sign from above brings the stand-off to a mysterious halt.

Alex’s Thoughts: When I heard that Kevin Smith was making a horror movie, I was 100% on board.  What I saw was not what I was expected, but in a good way.  I figured Smith would do some sort of humorous horror flick like Shaun of the Dead; but instead we get a very gritty and suspenseful film.   I wouldn’t classify this as a horror movie, but that doesn’t matter; it good either way.  The performance from the actor that plays the pastor and John Goodman make this movie great, and really any direction this movie went would have been fine with me.  This is a perfect movie: small budget, great acting and a huge payoff at the end.  Don’t let the fact that Kevin Smith made this movie if you don’t like his films.  There is nothing that calls attention to that, and you’ll have to admit that his a great director once you watch this.  Alex Rates This Movie 9/10

Tim’s Thoughts: I hate that Kevin Smith has made such a great film, and is now retiring. He’s gotten his mojo back, and despite how a lot of people feel about him, I really like most of his movies. This is no exception, it’s character driven and unpredictable. Micheal Parks is fantastic and John Goodman might even be better than that. Forget who directed this and push preconceptions aside. This is a taut movie with excellent acting. We would love to hear your thoughts, as the topic is as polarizing as the director. Tim Rates This Movie 10/10

“People just do the strangest things when they believe they’re entitled. But they do even stranger things when they just plain believe.”

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