“Kevin Smith (DOGMA, CHASING AMY, CLERKS) brings his comedic chops to a disturbing new milieu in this Canuck-baiting chiller about a popular podcast host who descends into straight-up madness when he heads north of the 49th parallel. In the 20 years since his influential debut feature, CLERKS, Kevin Smith has established himself as a singular voice in the American indie landscape with his wry observations of disaffected youth culture. In TUSK, Wallace co-hosts a popular podcast with his pal Teddy, focusing on cruel, mocking cringe humor as part of their mission to keep it “real and raunchy.” After his trip to Winnipeg to interview the “Kill Bill Kid”—a teen whose unfortunate samurai-sword video has gone viral—comes up empty, Wallace decides to make the trip worth his while and find a good story north of the forty-ninth parallel. A handwritten flyer he finds in a bar bathroom leads him to a grizzled old swab (Michael Parks) full of tall tales to share from his life of adventure at sea—and this is where Wallace’s voyage to the Great White North descends into straight-up madness. Smith has always been an expert at easy banter and snappy jokes, but with TUSK he brings his distinctive sensibility to a whole new dimension of terror and the bizarre.”—Toronto International Film Festival. R. 102 Min.
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