When someone asks you, “Do you like Kevin Smith movies?” you immediately think about Clerks, Mallrats, Jay & Silent Bob, etc. You don’t think horror…ever. Well, that has changed for me. I am a Kevin Smith fan, even the movies of his I claim to not like (Dogma, Chasing Amy), I still find myself laughing and quoting at times, so I guess deep down, I do like those films. Anyhow, back to this review. Just a week or so ago, I checked out a film written and directed by Mr. Smith titled Tusk. I went into this movie not really knowing what to expect since it is categorized as a comedy/horror but I decided to open my mind and what it was all about.
IMDB describes the plot like this: “When podcaster Wallace travels to Canada to interview someone, he winds up meeting a strange man named Howe who has many stories to tell about his past life during his interview. Wallace wakes up the next day finding out Howe isn’t the person he thought he was. Howe has plans to surgically and mentally turn Wallace into a walrus.” Well, as crazy as it sounds, that is exactly what you get.
As this film continued, I began asking myself “Is this more funny or is it truly a horror?” I ended up giving up and just enjoying. As always, Kevin Smith did a great job with the writing. There was one character I was not too fond of, but overall the cast did a good job. You know my style by now. I do not like giving up much, if not any, of the story, but I can assure you that it you see this film, you will not be let down. It is a little strange I will admit, but hell sometimes that is what makes these movies so damn intriguing. Going back to the summary, when I initially read it, the first thing that came to my mind was The Human Centipede. This is NOTHING like that film…thank god!
Long story short…Kevin Smith did a pretty good job here, like he usually does. Check out Tusk, enjoy it for what it is, and tell your friends about it.
I gave Tusk 7 out of 10 cleavers and recommend you seeing it ASAP.