My Thoughts on Red State (with Kevin Smith Q&A)

Last night, I went to see a screening of Red State at the Toronto Underground cinema, which was followed by a lengthy Q&A by director Kevin Smith.

The film is much different that Kevin Smith’s other films in how it is definitely not a comedy (even though there are still funny lines in the film).  The film is advertised as being a horror film, but it turns out to be much more than that, with the tone of the film changing into more of an action-thriller around the halfway point.

It’s definitely a very no-holds-bared film and, without giving too much away, it is established early on in the film that none of the characters are safe and they die at a moment’s notice.

I can definitely say that it is probably one of Kevin Smith’s best films.


After the film, there was a lengthy Q&A by Kevin Smith.  I have to admit that I had cringed a bit at the price of the event ($50 for general admission, $85 for a VIP seat), however I do have to say that the price was well worth it for the Q&A, which went on for a full 2 1/2 hours (which is way longer than the 90 min length of the film).

I have previously heard about Kevin Smith’s Q&A style, but it is really something that has to be seen to believe.  Kevin Smith is definitely one talkative person and he would get asked a question and then go into a lengthy rant that may or may not have anything to do with the question asked.  It was definitely very entertaining to say the least.  I hoped to ask a question myself, but I hesitated getting in line and the Q&A was over before I could get up.

Overall it was definitely an enjoyable night.

Here are pictures from Kevin Smith’s Intro and Q&A:

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).