Red State

September 30th, 2011


Red State

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Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.3/10 (19,660 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Kevin Smith

Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Michael Angarano - Travis
Deborah Aquila - Mrs. Vasquez
Nicholas Braun - Billy-Ray
Ronnie Connell - Randy
Kaylee DeFer - Dana
Joey Figueroa - Route 9 Friend
Kyle Gallner - Jarod
Anna Gunn - Travis' Mother
Matt L. Jones - Deputy Pete (as Matt Jones)
John Lacy - Travis' Father
Catherine McCord - News Reporter
Alexa Nikolas - Jesse
Stephen Root - Sherrif Wynan
Cooper Thornton - Plastic Wrap Man
Betty Aberlin - Abigail

Taglines: An unlikely film from that Kevin Smith


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 30 September 2011

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $204,230 (USA) (6 March 2011) (1 Screen)

Gross: $1,065,000 (USA) (28 August 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During filming Kyle Gallner suffered a panic attack whilst being tied to a cross, which the crew were unaware of at first, thinking he was still acting.

Plot holes: (At 1:01) When the young girl is talking the teenage boy, she essentially recites the conversation that John Goodmans character has with his boss and subordinate, which she was not privy to.

Joseph Keenan: People just do the strangest things when they believe they're entitled. But they do even stranger things when they just plain believe.

User Review

Best Kevin Smith Film to Date!

Rating: 9/10

I had the honor of seeing a screening of Red State last night at Laser Pacific in Hollywood as part of the Red State of the Union film school program Kevin Smith held.

Prior to going in, I refused to read any of the Sundance screening reviews of the film because I wanted to avoid spoilers and go in with a fresh experience. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed.

The film begins with sort of the stereotypical horror movie formula, teenagers go out looking for sex and find themselves staring death in the face. However, what happens to them in Red State is a far departure from your standard Jason or Michael Myers flick. The film is hardly a stereotypical horror movie. In fact, Kevin Smith deliberately goes out of his way in this film to keep it far from the typical story arch and structure of most studio movies. Just when you think you know what is going to happen next, Smith hits you with another twist and surprise. This film is completely unpredictable and unforgiving of its characters.

I must congratulate Mr. Smith on the exceptional camera-work and editing in this picture. This is by far the best looking Kevin Smith movie to date. The constant use of hand held cameras and creative cutting, keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I think a fair comparison would be Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects" or parts of the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Also, the film has no musical underscore. It uses ambiance and sound effects in place which works beautifully for this film. Most films use music to enhance the mood and make you feel a certain way. In this film, you can tell Kevin Smith doesn't care how you feel and wants you to just sit there and take it.

The cast is also spectacular. Michael Parks steals the show. Also John Goodman delivers the goods and has a lot more screen time than the teaser trailer suggests.

All in all, I think this film is one of the best films I have seen in the last few years. With everything being computer generated these days, it refreshing to see a small practical film like this which still holds as much power as one of the big boy studio flicks. And for those of you worrying about the political or religious messages, there aren't any. This movie does not preach religious views to you nor does it take any kind of political side. Its plain and simple. This is just a horror movie about a family of psychos. The fact that they are religious just adds to the terror.

The movie also features one of the best endings ever.


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