Well after a few months of overloading his podcast network with endless hype and incessant plugs for his upcoming movie Red State, Kevin Smith has finally revealed the first teaser trailer for the movie over at Smodcast.com just in time for Christmas. I’ve been pretty curious to see what a Kevin Smith-directed horror movie might look like, and as promised, it does seem to offer something completely different from the guy who built a career on dick and fart jokes. However, I have to say that after listening to audio from the trailer on the first episode of his Red State of the Union podcast, the visuals didn’t quite live up to what I had created in my head to go with it.
In general, I like the idea of setting a montage of clips to an ominous voiceover from Michael Parks (and indeed, Parks already seems like he will be one the best parts of the movie). However, I feel like there are just too many clips shoved in there, when the pace of the trailer should have been more of a slow build. I also found that the actual look of the film is a bit inconsistent in that some shots look great while others look very… amateurish (for lack of a better word). On the other hand, I was surprised by how much action there appears to be, and seeing both John Goodman and Melissa Leo in the mix adds a lot of credibility to the movie as well. What do you think, is Red State going to redeem Kevin Smith after the debacle that was Cop Out? Red State premieres at Sundance on January 23rd; let the trailer put the fear of god in you after the jump.