Directed by Kevin Smith
When his best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada, a young guy joins forces with his friend's girlfriend to search for him.
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★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
Hoop-Tober, Film 1 of 31:
Wow, I'm really, REALLY surprised to see all of the low-star reviews for this film on Letterboxd. It's probably one of the most confused and disappointed I've ever been in terms of having read some of the negative things written about this film. Tusk is a comedy... sure, it's a creepy comedy and it's incredibly disturbing (in more of a strange way than a purely disturbing sort of way), but it's waaay more comedic than it is horrifying. And that's exactly what I was expecting because it was apparent from the trailer. Yet I'm sort of frustrated with myself for even attempting to categorize this film, because its uncategorizable (that might not be a word, haha). Body horror? Horror comedy? Who cares... you know what it is? It's ORIGINAL! It's amazingly, brilliantly unique. I laughed from start to finish; I laughed before the film took its drastic turn about half-way though, and I laughed after (when it became infinitely more sinister). Sure, I'm willing to admit that the ending felt a bit rushed, but with a film that took itself as not-seriously as this one (really throwing in the made up words today), I didn't seem to mind the pacing issues. This film's job was to make me laugh, to make whisper "what the fuck" to myself at least a dozen times, and at that, it succeeded. It succeeded greatly. I think that this movie is destined to be a cult classic, and it might possibly even be my favorite Kevin Smith film. I had a great time with it, and I'm fairly certain that if you're willing to go full walrus, you will too.
★★★★ review by Evan on Letterboxd
One of the most bizarre films I've ever seen. It's very funny, twisted, and ridiculous; often all at the same time. I'm still not sure what I experienced, but I'm glad I did. I think so anyway? I will say that it's one of the best B movies I've ever seen.
There's no one out there quite like Kevin Smith.
★★★★ review by Ryan Francis on Letterboxd
What the fuck was Kevin Smith's ganj laced with when he came up with this utterly crazy and disturbing shit. Better yet, what the hell is wrong with me for loving it?
His latest film is another demented effort more along the lines of 2011's Red State than, say, his older films like Clerks or Chasing Amy. That Smith-humor is still there, but Tusk is a bizarrely different kind of effort.
An unforgettable experience, that's for sure. Still having a difficult time deciding if that's a good or terrible thing in this instance.. But I have to say, I do enjoy seeing Smith branch out into different genres a bit. Aside from a few scenes that I started to feel as though they were running a bit too long, I thought it was really freakin' good and original; it's quite a fascinating watch overall.
★★★★ review by coles84 on Letterboxd
It is very, very rare to find a recent film that you know is destined to be a cult classic, but TUSK has everything you could want for a future 4 disc boxed edition complete with mammoth booklet and a ton of extras. Kevin Smith brings a handy bag of humour, an interesting story, a bunch of finely talented actors and some fantastic effects to provide the viewer with a highly entertaining film.
The synopsis made me think I was going to get something a little too silly but that soon left my mind as I embarked on an adventure that felt like CREEP in a blender with THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. Michael Parks was such a wonderful actor and it makes me feel genuinely sad that he is no longer with us but I know I still have many a film of his I have not seen and I am eager to visit at my earliest opportunity. His look, demeanor, character and softly spoken voice bring this film alive and is the perfect partner for Justin Long's generally unlikeable Wallace Bryton. While I imagine I should be cheering for Bryton, I ended up firmly routing for Park's Howard Howe. Smith, that was some wonderful rounded character work there.
It moves along at a fine pace without succumbing to fatigue, it never stagnates, similarly to RED STATE it stays fresh and exciting, not to mention unpredictable throughout.
The film is surrounded by comedy, good comedy and it made me smile a dozen or more times but it's heart is dark and its reflection on change, not appreciating loved ones, fame and feelings is presented throughout.
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★★★½ review by Travis Lytle on Letterboxd
Disturbing, dark, bizarre, and funny, Kevin Smith's "Tusk" is a mostly effective though not-quite-for-everyone horror film. A strange but thoroughly engaging mix of genre elements, the film veers from gags to seriousness to images that induce gagging. It is a weirdly compelling and compellingly weird piece of work that will leave some audience members scratching their heads and others cheering the fact that something so offbeat was even made in the first place.
Smith's must-be-seen-to-be-believed horror/comedy/drama, revolves around Justin Long's podcaster who makes an ill-fated stop at Canadian man's estate. The man engages Long's character in storytelling, but a sinister plot is soon revealed. The narrative, a twisted mad scientist and serial killer tale, has enough dark corners to make horror fans happy, but its tone shifts are jarring. The fact that it is nearly impossible to know what to think of the story, however, does not take away from the film's bleak soul.
The production is small scale, and the writing is more organic that Smith's typical stuff. There is enough of the token Smith wit and even some self-parody, but the film is a far cry from his New Jersey-based comedies of the last two decades. The film sticks mostly to its Canadian setting, and ranges from bright exteriors to shadowed interiors. The cast is strong and includes the one of the best uncredited roles in years.
The less that is known about "Tusk" before seeing it the better, but it is an engrossing piece of horror. Reveling in an offbeat sense of humor, a charming cast, and an almost nauseating brand of horror, the film succeeds but will not find fans in every viewer. However,
those with patience and a like-minded sense of amusement will find it all gruesomely fun.
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