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When I first heard that Kevin Smith was making a horror film, I got really excited. I have been a fan of Kevin Smith throughout his entire career (well, now that I think of it, not entirely as of late...) but I've enjoyed most of his movies. I really like the way he writes dialogue (what he's known for) and it's fun to see the depths of characters he can create.
The thing that can make a horror film great IS the character development. As in, I'm not going to care about the characters in your film if you haven't made me care in some way. This seems very obvious, but character development (or even just a reasonable amount of exposition) is completely lacking in most of the current generation of horror films. It's not cool that 'torture porn' movies like Human Centipede have come to the forefront of horror within the industry.
Red State is not torture porn, and I'm very happy about that. In fact, I honestly don't know how much of this is even a horror movie, in the end. The first half or so is absolutely a horror film, but after that, the horror tension kind of fades and it becomes something else.
That's not to say that I wouldn't classify this as a horror movie. I definitely would, but I'm just saying that you shouldn't go into this movie (like I did) expecting the entire movie to be full of scares and the like, because if that's what you're going in expecting (like I did) you're probably going to be a little disappointed.
If you go in with an open mind though, you're going to really get a lot out of this movie. The tension build up of the first half of the movie IS amazing, and you really do get stressed out during it. The acting is pretty great, and the movie is actually stacked with a lot of recognizable people (ie John Goodman). Add it to your queue if you're looking for something that's exciting and fun, and doesn't go the 'torture porn' route.