Director Kevin Smith really impressed me with Red State, and proved that while his comedy directing skills have always been strong, his attempt at horror was just as good. Red State was some seriously sinister stuff, and very brave considering the religious themes in the film.
This year Smith announced a new horror called Tusk, which would take The Human Centipede approach and see a twisted psycho turn his victim into a half man, half walrus. The film will be released next year, but already Smith has announced plans for his next film, and thankfully he is turning to horror and religion once again.
Going by the title Helena Handbasket, the controversial new film will see the human race team up with Hell to face off against a Rapturing giant Jesus. How cool does that sound? Well, allow Smith to explain via his Facebook account:
“The idea is to, once again, take an episode of SModcast and turn it into a movie,” Smith reveals on his Facebook page. “It’s worked out quite nicely with ‘TUSK’ (thanks largely to the cast, the crew and the good folks at Demarest and at a24, who’ll be releasing the flick this fall), so I wanna see if I can do it again.”
Speaking on the plot, “Granted, this time the plot of the movie concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus – which means the budget has to be LOW, because NOBODY’S gonna wanna make that movie. At all. And I know this going in, so I won’t be heartbroken if it never goes beyond the script. But… if the script is funny enough? Who knows? That walrus movie seemed pretty daffy and far-fetched until we were standing on the ‘TUSK’ set bringing that shit to life four months and change after first making it up in episode 259 of SModcast.”