First Teaser Trailer for Kevin Smith's Red State No Laughing Matter
12.25.10 by Ryan
Kevin Smith has released the first teaser trailer for his upcoming, independently-financed, horror movie Red State, which follows a group of teenagers who encounter extreme fundamentalism in Middle America. Unlike Smith's earlier foul-mouthed comedies, the teaser for Red State shows a more contemporary, hand-held camera style, similar to recent horror movies like The Last Exorcism and [REC]. Once Michael Parks delivers the trailer's final line, viewers will note that not a single laugh was included, though Smith joked about the trailer on his Twitter page.
The movie cost a hair under $4mil. The trailer cost a hair under 20mins of my time to edit
While the trailer ends with "March" as the promised release date, Red State does not currently have a distributor. Smith has previously announced that he will "pick the Red State distributor right there — IN THE ROOM — auction style" when the movie screens out of competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Smith explained his prophetic release date announcement again via his Twitter page.
JFK told a story about his Grandfather, who grew up in Ireland. Walking home from school, there was this long, high stone wall that — if gotten over — halved the time it took to get home. One day JFK's grandfather threw his cap over the wall — knowing if he came home without the cap, he'd be bitch-slapped. To fully motivate himself to do something difficult, he committed — to a risky degree. Tagging that trailer with March was me throwing my hat over the wall.
One of Smith's Twitter followers later corrected Smith by relating that "JFK took the story from (& credited) Frank O'Connor", for those that wondered when the former President relayed the story. "He also took Marilyn Monroe, I've heard," commented Smith.
Red State stars John Goodman, Kevin Pollak, Melissa Leo, and Michael Angarano, and will open (fingers crossed) in March 2011.