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Red State [DVD]

Michael Parks , Melissa Leo , Kevin Smith    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Michael Angarano, Ralph Garman
  • Directors: Kevin Smith
  • Writers: Kevin Smith
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VEFHN0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,719 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In Middle America, three teenagers travel to Cooper's Dell after responding to an older woman's online invitation for sex. However, their schoolboy fantasy turns sinister as Christian extremists, led by the twisted preacher Abin Cooper (Michael Parks), hold them captive in a compound known as the Five Points Church. As the Pastor and his congregation embark on a reign of terror forcing the boys to witness executions before being prepared for their own death, they have to contend with the arrival of Federal Agent Joseph Keenan (John Goodman) and his team who are armed, dangerous and ready to bring them all down.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Three school friends use a website to meet up with a woman who promises them shenanigans, it's certainly a night they will never forget...

While some have criticised writer/director Kevin Smith over some of his more recent films, he is still firmly regarded by many as the man behind cult classics such as Clerks and Mallrats - the sort of film which initially seem a bit puerile but reveal themselves to be full of warmth, clever observations and gloriously sweary narrative. In the initial scenes of Red State, banter between the three friends is sharp, sexually obsessed and very Smith-esque but Red State doesn't follow any formula and quickly becomes shocking. They are the victims of entrapment, a fundamental (with emphasis on the 'mental') Christian group has used an adult website in order to "harness the Devil's technique" and lure Godless perverts to cleanse America of its sin.

Those who felt that Smith had gone a bit 'Hollywood' have been silenced with Red State, this feels like a polished independent film which makes every effort to challenge the obvious. You never know what to expect from the film because the twists you see coming never happen, instead it heads off on a tangent and that constant sense of the unexpected gives it an added menace - anything could happen to anyone, no character is safe. Instead of a simple attack on religious zeal we get cynicism aimed at the police and the state itself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bloody showdown between Church & State 24 Oct 2011
Red State is the story of 3 high-school lads who are desperate to get laid. Responding to an online advert, the guys show up at a remote trailer and at the insistence of the lady of the house, down their beers. Waking up confused and disorientated, it's clear the trio have been waylaid by the militant and bigoted 5-Points church (a thinly-veiled swipe at the Westborough Baptist Church), led by Pastor Abin Cooper (The brilliant Michael Parks - Kill Bill, Volume 2) who are renowned for picketing anything to do with homosexuality and amorality in society.

With the guys held hostage and about to "meet Jesus" at the hands of the church, the ATF coincidentally show up at the church compound to serve a warrant concerning the purchase of fully-automatic weapons, mere weeks before a change in the law prohibited ownership of them. It turns out the ATF are correct and a massive stand-off & resultant shoot-out ensues when said fully-automatic weapons are let loose. With the government's orders to 'clean-up' this domestic terrorist cell and the religious fanatics zeal, neither side is willing to back down, will anyone survive this complete political mess of church vs. state?

Well, where to begin? Red State is a political hand grenade quite simply, it's sure to inflame tensions both side of the fence as blame is equally apportioned. It's also immensely violent and in these respects really hasn't had to bite it's tongue to fit in with any studio's idea of acceptability (Director Kevin Smith is self-distributing the film).

The acting is fantastic, most notably John Goodman (
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A complete change in direction for Kevin Smith, a director renowned for his low budget reverential comedies rather than middle budget action horror films.

Red State is an example of bad marketing. Billed as a horror film this probably ended up disappointing a lot of people. It isnt a horror film at all. It is an action thriller and should have been pushed in that vein. It starts off slowly building a tension and creating some interesting characters. Three teenagers decide to follow up on an advert from a prostitute. They drive out to the middle of nowehere where they are kidnapped and subjected to horrible practices.

Then the film takes a dramatic turn. In struts John Goodman, in a role that he chews to within an inch of its life, an the final hour is a bombastic gun fest between a bemused police force and a relentless religious cult. Its briliant fun.

John Goodman is just great in this film. He really lets loose and throws everything into the pot. Kevin Smith proves he can direct a good action set piece and also creates some marvelous characters which help glue you to the screen through the slower moments. Once the bullets start to fly it doesn't stop and the barrage of action sees the remainder of the film fly by.

A good if forgettable film that would easily fill a 90 minute gap in your evening.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Berserker - Berserker. 14 July 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Kevin Smith breaks away from his comedic roots to direct and write this religious/political/bigot baiter that lurches from Hostel type madness into a siege of the damned. Starring Melissa Leo, Michael Parks, John Goodman, Michael Angarano, Kerry Bishe and Nicholas Braun, story finds Parks heading up a Christian cult that lures horny youngsters to their place of worship on the promise of sex with an older woman. Of course once the lads get there it's not long before the truth of the lure is revealed and we are treated to hate spiel by sermon and some unpleasantness from the production code edition of the torture porn play book.

Red State is an infuriating movie in many ways, but it is never dull and it always remains challenging, even if some of Smith's sermonising agendas lack cohesion entering the final third of the piece. In fact there are three tonal shifts that don't make an altogether appetising whole, Smith straining to bridge the gap between satire and horror - cum - thriller. And sadly the climax to all the damaged threads is very anti-climatic. On the major plus side is a cast doing fine work, headed by Goodman, Leo and Parks, the latter getting to play lead dog for a change. It's impressively shot by Dave Klein and Smith shows flickers of there being a good director in the mix.

Poor box office and bad reviews upon release inevitably got it tarnished as a bad film. In truth it's a fascinating failure, but it has merits enough to warrant time spent with it. From Westboro to Waco, stopping briefly for a night in a Hostel, Red State is not easily forgotten once sampled. For better or worse. 6/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Plissken
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Super cool film, what more to say ?
Published 20 days ago by KKP
4.0 out of 5 stars Mall-rats meets Quentin Taranteno
Not quite Kevin Smith's usual style - Mall-rats meets Quentin Taranteno, but I enjoyed it.
Published 23 days ago by Busby
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
Three act drama, no soundtrack which is a bit of a downer. Good to see some fresh talent being brought along and nice to see John Goodman. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dan Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold and beautiful
A stunning return to form by Kevin Smith, which could easily become a cult classic - the first of his movies I would say that about since Clerks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. J. M. Omara
5.0 out of 5 stars I just watched this on telly and loved it!
WOW!! What a film! I just watched this on telly and loved it!!!! Bad taste Black comedy at it's best! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alan D. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
Better than expected, not the normal Kevin Smith fare (which is not a bad thing) shows he's not a one trick pony.
Published 2 months ago by chris
2.0 out of 5 stars I fear God.....
Smith must have watched the TV movie 'Ambush in Waco: The David Koresh story' numerous times to get the idea for this below average thriller. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars This a great tarrantinoesque movie
I was mesmerised by this movie , violent , very , classy , undoubtedly . fabulous performances from a greatly unknown cast (at least to me ) Parks and Goodman excepted ( who are... Read more
Published 5 months ago by tombuyer
5.0 out of 5 stars very cool!
I was highly impressed with Smith's first attempt at horror, though thriller may be a better term for it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Horror
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