“Red State” is a 2011 horror-thriller film written and directed by Kevin Smith. The film stars Michael Parks, John Goodman, and Melissa Leo.
The story revolves around a group of teenage boys who are lured into a trap by a fundamentalist church that is known for its extreme views and violent practices. As the boys become hostages of the church, a tense standoff ensues between the church’s leader (Michael Parks), the local law enforcement, and a federal agent (John Goodman) who is called in to handle the situation.
“Red State” received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its intense and suspenseful plot, while others criticized its uneven tone and heavy-handed political messaging. Despite its divisive reception, the film has developed a cult following among fans of horror and thriller movies.
“Red State” is notable for being a departure from Kevin Smith’s previous films, which were mostly comedies. The film’s dark and unsettling tone, as well as its exploration of themes such as religious extremism and government corruption, mark a significant departure from Smith’s earlier work.
Duration: 88 min.