Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Cast: Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Depp
Studio: A24

“Tusk” opens on the two biggest Podcasters in modern memory. Teddy and Wallace manage a podcast and attract a huge fanbase. You know, because that’s a thing that happens in the world. Well, Justin Long’s character hears about the Kill Bill kid in Canada and how he’s not handling internet fame so well. Justin Long heads up to Canada to interview him, only to find out that he killed himself. Justin Long is now left struggling to find a new story to fill the slot on his podcast. That’s when he meets an old man named Howe who has an interesting story about a walrus.

Funny horror movies are a hard sell. I love things like “Club Dread” or “Transylvania 6-5000”, but they aren’t movies that I feel the need to rewatch. However, “Tusk” dips into the realm that usually belonged to John Landis. Kevin Smith has made a horror movie that is also funny at times. The sheer oddity of seeing Justin Long skinned and forced to swim like a walrus is so bizarre. Even if there are one too many scenes that feel like poor homages to “The Human Centipede” that leads into that moment.

If this is the future of Kevin Smith, then I can’t wait to see what he does next. The man is using Robert Kurtzman to their best talents, while trying to let the gross-out gore build into something that Smith has never done. Some readers have been taking pictures of the post Walrus transformation out of context and trying to paint a picture that’s not there. “Tusk” is a film about the journey into madness and how the impacted deal with it. Forget the stuff about Johnny Depp being a Canadian Detective or anything else. Get ready for the guttural response.


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