Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Michael Parks, John Goodman, Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, Nicholas Braun, Stephen Root, KayLee Defer
Release Date: October 18 (DVD/Blu-ray)
Why we’re excited: At this point, we just want to see the damn thing already. For what seems like a decade now, comedy director Kevin Smith has been talking about making Red State, his atypical passion project. A gritty, lo-fi horror flick about religious extremists, Smith’s long-discussed shift away from laughs finally made its way around the festival circuit earlier this year, receiving mixed reviews; throughout all of the post-screening reactions, however, one constant sentiment permeated: Red State is unlike anything Smith has ever done before.

Considering that his most recent movies are the barely amusing Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008) and the altogether shitty Cop Out (2010), that’s a good thing. Red State’s trailers have all been effective, presenting a naturalistic horror pic that hopes to disturb more through realistic monsters than supernatural ones. Some of Smith’s usual sophomoric comedy can be heard in the preview, but, mostly, Red State feels about as funny as, well, Cop Out, though its lack of hilarity is, thankfully, intentional.