Review: Tusk (2014)

by Brian Eggert

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DIRECTOR:
Kevin Smith

CAST:
Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Johnny Depp

RATED:
R

RUNTIME:
102 min.


No matter how unique Kevin Smith's Tusk may appear on the surface as a horror movie concept, a psycho who turns humans into walruses feels reminiscent of The Human Centipede, with a dash of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Smith's own brand of stoner humor. You may have paused at the walrus part of that sentence because, frankly, it's a bizarre notion, to be sure. But much like sewing people together anus-to-mouth to form a physically connected conga line, once you get beyond the idea’s novelty, there's not much there for the viewer to savor. Smith, making his most unusual film in his post-View Askew career, which has included such misses as Cop Out and Red State, delves into repulsive body horror. And not the kind of emotionally relevant or socially conscious pictures of the David Cronenberg variety; but rather, that familiar fly-caught-in-a-spider's-web scenario where someone's abducted and tortured for the duration of the runtime.

Justin Long plays Wallace, a crass Los Angeles-based podcaster who hosts the “Not-See Party” (get it?—it’s a homonym for “Nazi Party”) alongside his best bud Teddy (Haley Joel Osment). Wallace travels around and meets bizarro people and then reports back to Teddy, who did not see them... Read the full article

 

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