Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror.
Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, Harley Morenstein, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Harley Quinn Smith, Lily Rose Depp.
Year Of Release: 2014
Certificate: 15 (UK)/R-rated (US)
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Director: Kevin Smith
Synopsis: “When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.” IMDB
In 2011 Kevin Smith turned his hand to Horror with the brilliant “Red State”, after nearly twenty years of Comedy, Smith made a big change and it turned out well. So when he announced he was taking one of his crazy podcast ideas and adapting it to feature film I was fully on board!
The film starts off with two friends Wallace (Justin Long) and Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) who have their own podcast “The Not-See Party” (yep, a Nazi joke from the get go, you know you’re in for a treat!). Wallace announces that he is heading to Canada to interview an Internet celebrity by the name of “Kill Bill”, after arriving in Canada Wallace finds out Bill has committed suicide, Wallace decides to stay in Canada and search out another subject to interview. He comes across an add for a free room and a promise of hearing a lifetime of interesting stories, ever the inquisitive mind he jumps at the chance, Wallace arrives at the home of Howard Howe a retired seaman, Howard tells the story of how a Walrus saved him after a shipwreck who he tentatively names Mr Tusk.
Wallaces passes out after drinking some laced tea, he wakes up the next morning minus his left leg, Howard explains to him he was bitten by a spider and he had a local doctor come around who had to amputate his leg in order to save his life. Howard continues that he has plans for Wallace, those plans to fit him with a perfect Walrus outfit, Kevin Smith is really THAT crazy!
Justin Long plays Wallace as a very stereotypical loud mouthed and arrogant American 20s something in brilliant fashion, he oozes douchery like the “frat boys” you seen in teen comedies. Longs co-star Michael Parks excels as serial killer Howard Howe who just makes your skin crawl in the most uncomfortable of fashions, they play off each other so well in their “relationship” they develop during their horrifying encounter.
The movie at times is a difficult watch, in the sense that you will REALLY hate the douche antics of Wallace so when bad things happen to him you find yourself caring less than you probably should. I at times kind of found myself routing for a man who kidnapped a stranger and planned on turning him into a walrus, which I found a weird stance.
Overall, I enjoyed every second of this ridiculously funny in an overly Kevin Smith way, it’s a slow cringe-worthy comedy that grosses you out while making you laugh hysterically. There is multiple times throughout the film you will ask yourself “what the fuck?” and for good reason, but what did you really expect from a film about a man who tries to turn another man into a Walrus. This is definitely a movie that divided audiences to extremes, and even watching it a few years after release the divide is still there when you talk about it on social media, which lends credence to how long this film will sit with you.