I will admit it. Even with the story having been out for a good 5 years, even with all of the spoilers and by seeing screenshots of this film everywhere, I was still not fully prepared.
‘Tusk’ is a horror film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who is responsible for
comedies such as ‘Clerks’ and ‘Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back’. What this means however, is that he’s very capable at making a movie that is genuinely funny, but is able to freak you out. He uses horror like a joke – relentless and over the top to the point that you have to question if these events are really happening. Timing is very important.
The story of Tusk revolves around a podcast personality (Justin Long) who travels to Canada to film an interview for an episode. When he gets there his plans abruptly change, so he improvises by scheduling an interview with a random person whose number he finds on the bathroom wall. This person he meets however, has a demented plan up his sleeves… one involving tusks…
This movie surprised me, not just by the well written story, but by how naturally funny it is. Kevin Smith does not hold back in the laughter department, but he compliments this film with some absolutely disturbing imagery. It’s like the ‘sweet & salty’ approach to film-making. It’s not a movie with jump scares or anything like that, it settles for the more unnerving kind of nightmare fuel. The kind of residue that sticks long after the film has concluded. The kind of imagery where, even by the halfway point of the film when you think it’s gone as far as it’s going to, it continues to push the envelope.
I would prefer to leave this review as vague as I can, just because for someone who hasn’t experienced this yet, it is such a thrill ride. It’s definitely for those with a sick sense of humor (and who can stomach their gore pretty well), but it is well worth it.
And for those curious, it is available for streaming right now on Netflix.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra