#7: RED STATE
Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Kyle Gallner, Michael Angarano, Nicholas Braun
Release Date: To Be Determined
Why we’re excited: Despite how terrifyingly bad it was, Kevin Smith’s policeman comedy Cop Out wasn’t a horror film. Coming off that mess, Smith (responsible for much funnier films such as Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) is wisely throwing a creative curveball at his fans with the long-talked-about Red State. A legitimate horror flick, the independently financed pic is about three horny dudes who go MILF-hunting but end up within a nightmare of religious extremism. The teaser doesn’t resemble a Smith flick (in a good way), and casting Michael Parks (a longtime Quentin Tarantino favorite) as the demented preacher is a stroke of genius. As long as Smith never makes a costume drama, we’re on board with his self-reinvention.