When podcaster Wallace travels to Canada to interview someone, he winds up meeting a strange man named Howe who has many stories to tell about his past life during his interview. Wallace wakes up the next day finding out Howe isn't the person he thought he was. Howe has plans to surgically and mentally turn Wallace into a walrus. Written by imdv
September 19, 2014
My Name is Brandon St. Randy, and I Love Tusks in my Mouth!
In Tusk, Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment play podcasters Wallace and Teddy. Wallace, (sounds like walrus) travels to Canada to interview an internet viral video star who slices his leg off with a samurai sword imitating the movie Kill Bill (2003). Upon arriving in Canada Wallace learns of the internet stars suicide given the online ridicule he received, partially to blame from Wallace and Teddy’s podcast. Not wanting to make the trip a total loss Wallace tries to find another interview. He stumbles upon an ad in the men’s room offering free lodging to anyone willing to come to the a mansion in the middle of nowhere and listen to an old man tell of his astonishing life story. Intrigued by the ad Wallace rushes out that night and meets Howard Howe (Michael Parks), a man with stories just as interesting as promised in the ad. Yet he has a dark ulterior motive to the rendezvous that ends up with Wallace a missing person. Once missing Teddy and Wallace’s girlfriend Ally (Genesis Rodriguez) venture up to Canada to find him. With the help of detective Guy Lapointe, played by an unbilled A list actor for your surprise enjoyment.
Director Kevin Smith created this adventure during one of his own Podcasts. It was voted upon via social media to green light or not the project. It is actually set to be a trilogy of B movie horror flicks set in the great white north of Canada. Kevin Smith has always been a Fan’s Director. His series of Evening with Kevin Smith films and Podcast give fans an all access backstage look at his productions. Letting Fan Boys fell like Hollywood insiders. I don’t necessarily belong to this cult of followers, but I’ve been to a few of their church services. I know enough to make Tusk more enjoyable than it might be to a total Kevin Smith outsider. I was happy to see Kevin’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith as a convenient store clerk in Tusk. A kind of homage to what made her father famous, Clerks (1994). I haven’t always been on board for all of Kevin’s creations, Red State (2011) and Jersey Girl (2002) I was less than a fan. Much like how Kevin Smith feels about George Lucas and Star Wars, I feel the original trilogy is the best; Clerks (1994), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997). His first three embodied all that was wonderful about independent film in the early 90’s. Like punk rock in its infancy. The audio commentaries on those three are just as enjoyable as the films. The next two films, Dogma (1999) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) felt like Cannon Ball Run films to me. Tusk and the promise of the next 2 Canada themed B horror movies have me excited. Tusk was just good campy fun, with actual creep value. The real treat in this film is the unbilled A list actor hidden in the middle. His costumed performance is reminiscent of the great Peter Sellers Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther (1963). I will not spoil who the A list actor is, my surprise in figuring it out was half my enjoyment of this film. I think this film works well on a campy horror film level. If you were a fan of Cabin in the Woods (2012) or the Evil Dead Franchise you should like it. I loved Justin Long’s character Brandon St. Randy in Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2010) so much I was excited to see him working with Kevin Smith again. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a very quotable raunchy comedy. Michael Park’s is a standout role in this movie. I have been a fan of him since his brief role as the Texas Ranger in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). He is a great character actor, and his performance in Tusk is unsettlingly haunting. As for the soundtrack, I couldn’t help but hear Fleetwood Mac’s song Tusk in my head when thinking about the title to the movie, there is a scene where my waiting paid off. Thank you. Tusk knows what it is, a cheesy horror film. It doesn’t venture out of the dairy isle and try to be any more than that. Enjoy it for what it is, I did.