In case you haven’t heard about it, Kevin Smith’s Tusk is a bizarre horror film with a twist of comedy about Wallace Bryton (Justin Long), a hipster podcast host with the appropriate mustache and arrogance, as he ventures to Canada and ends up in the home of a crazed, sociopathic mariner (Michael Parks) who drugs him and wants to transform him into a walrus. Naturally.
The idea for this movie came when Kevin Smith and his producer, Scott Mosier, who host a weekly podcast together, were pranked by a fan who planted a classified ad in which someone claimed to be offering free room and board if the tenant was willing to dress up as a walrus 24/7. The two of them improvised a movie idea based on this extremely strange notion, turning it into a horror film. Smith later asked his Twitter followers to vote on whether the movie should actually be made, using the hashtags #WalrusYes and #WalrusNo.
Tusk offers comedic, punchy exchanges along with tongue-in-cheek jokes that poke fun at Smith’s beloved Canada, all the while reminding us of the nature of obsession and the depths of human misery. It jolts back and forth between funny and unnerving, which may be distressful for some viewers. However, Both Parks and Long are said to command and demand your attention every time the two are on screen together.
Is this going to be the most momentous cinematic experience since The Human Centipede? #WalrusMaybe: The jury is still out. If it is anything like The Human Centipede
Tusk hits theaters Friday, September 19.