Among the many things you can say about Kevin Smith (most flattering, some not so), is that the man is loyal, and if he likes someone, that actor will be invited back as long as they are willing. One imagines that, had Ben Affleck not become a major movie star, he’d still be making Kevin Smith films every year, right along with Seth Rogen and Jason Lee (and how great would that be?)
Michael Parks is Smith’s latest muse, and after a smart turn in Smith’s Red State, Parks — who owes much of his late career run to the admiration of Smith and Quentin Tarantino — steps in as a backwoods Canadian who turns a journalist (Justin Long) into a … walrus. Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez play friends of the journalist who attempt to track down their missing friend (Osment, in particular, plays a podcaster).
And minor spoiler alert: Parks’ character actually does turn Long into a walrus, but as Kevin Smith said at his Comic Con panel, that’s actually not much of a spoiler.
I’m exciting about it, if only because so few people make horror comedies anymore, and I liked Red State well enough to trust that Kevin Smith’s post-retirement output will remain consistently better than average. That’s good enough for me.