“Tusk” is one of those films the saying “There are things you can’t unsee” was created about. Kevin Smith’s latest horror film is like the car wreck you can’t keep from looking at. Unfortunately, the horrific images in front of you stay in your psyche well after the credits roll.
When podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe (Michael Parks), his best friend Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) and girlfriend Allison (Genesis Rodriguez) team with an ex-cop to look for him.
“Tusk” is a great contemporary horror movie that engages the viewer through connections you make with Justin Long’s character. Even though he’s shameful, you can’t help but feel sorry for him. “Tusk” also leaves you contemplating how awful it would be to live your life out as a monster no one can stand to look at.
The cast of “Tusk” all perform their parts well. They deliver their lines and portray their characters with all the sincerity you could muster for an irreverent Kevin Smith vehicle. Just like all his other movies, there’s a lot of dialogue between the scenes of terror and zaniness to wade through.
“Tusk” is rated R for some disturbing violence / gore, language and sexual content. There are no sex scenes or nudity, but plenty of innuendos just like you would expect from a Kevin Smith film. Severed body parts are seen throughout. Take my word for it when I tell you what you see here truly can’t be unseen.
I don't condone much of what Kevin Smith is known for and definitely don't share his same stances on many issues. However, he is an admirable filmmaker who takes real life experiences and characters you can identify with and relate to and puts them onscreen for you to enjoy and ponder.
Special Features for "Tusk" include deleted scenes, audio commentary with Writer / Director Kevin Smith, “20 Years to 'Tusk'” featurette, “The Making of 'Tusk'” featurettes, and Smodcast #259: The Walrus and The Carpenter.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying “Tusk” is a perfect movie. There will be moments where you wonder why certain stretches of dialogue are being uttered or what the point of a scene was. You’ll ask yourself the question, “Was Smith trying to stretch the story out to make it a full length film?” Overall, if you like unsettling creature features with a good amount of build-up, you’ll enjoy “Tusk.”
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