Kevin Smith has been talking about filming Red State for quite awhile now. And due to the many road blocks in Kevin’s life, Red State kept looking more and more non-realistic.
But according to recent tweets by Mr. Smith, things are looking up.
-I talk about lots of stuff I wanna do that either happens years later or never happens at all. Happy to report RED STATE is not the latter.
-First draft was dated 9/5/07. Looks like we start shooting this July. Took nearly three years, but we’re finally gonna roll on RED.
-“Studio for RED STATE or going the full indie route?” (*Marches across big lawn, up front porch*) I’m home, Momma. *Not sure what he is implying here. Weinsteins or some new credit cards?
Red State was inspired by the ever terrifying Reverend Fred Phelps. While Red State may not fall into the traditional horror genera, Kevin Smith had these words to say about the subject a while back:
“To me there’s all kinds of horror, and killing someone’s not the absolute worst thing you could do to another human being,” he said, “The death in a horror movie has always been the money shot in a very exploitative manner. Stabbing somebody and splashing blood all over them is the equivalent to some dude exploding over some broad’s face.
“And to me, too, the notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there’s even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that’s the other thing that I’m trying to examine in a big, big way. It’s weird because for a few months I’ve been saying ‘horror movie’ and technically it is, but it’s also not a very traditional horror movie in the sense that people have been asking me, ‘Is it a slasher movie? Is it like the Japanese horror flicks?’ It’d be much easier to just show it to them when I’m done and be like, ‘This is what I meant.’ At which point I’m sure there’ll be people saying, ‘This ain’t a horror movie!’ But to me, it is.”