So, I watched “Red State” last night, Kevin Smith’s latest work. It came up in the “horror” genre on Netflix. Based on the cover and the synopsis, that made sense. I generally keep myself willfully ignorant of movies before watching them, so I went into it fairly cold with only this tiny bit of information to guide me. Being both a horror and Kevin Smith fan I gave it a go. It’s not at all what I expected. “Horrific”, yes. “Horror”, no.
Can something be awful and awesome at the same time? I felt mildly ill through most of the movie, but I still loved it. It’s a nice tidy indictment of both ultra-conservatives and out of control government, all tied up in one tidy, blood-stained bow. I think what surprised me the most is how often it switched from being shockingly graphic one moment, and subtly human the next. Though well crafted overall, it’s not perfect. Like so much of Smith’s work though, the flaws almost make it more enjoyable.
If you have a problem with graphic violence, this is not a movie for you. I generally don’t have a problem with it, but even I had a hard time stomaching some scenes. I think it was the plausibility of it all that really got to me.
In the end though, I’m glad I watched it and gave it 4/5 stars.