Kevin Smith wants you to hear the teaser trailer for his Fred Phelps-inspired film Red State, not see it (for now).
Smith played the teaser trailer for an audience of 20, recorded it and released a podcast on Red State of the Nation (listen to it here). I've listened to it, and I can say this with confidence: Michael Parks is going to be one helluva Fred Phelps.
In the teaser, Parks is singing the hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," and it's creepy as fuck in his deep rasp. Then, you hear Parks say: "I fear God. You better believe I fear God." It gave me chills.
Afterward, Smith and the audience talk about the film that "doesn't
look like a Kevin Smith movie" and he was quick to add a disclaimer that the film isn't "remotely polished" or "finished."
What did we learn? Not much other than, as I wrote before, Parks is going to kill his role, it doesn't look like a Smith flick and the film looks "like an old '70s movie." Awesome.
"We felt like, look, the movie is a complete step outside of what
we're normally used to doing," Smith said. "This time around, since it's
a completely different genre we kinda felt at liberty to go crazy. ...
It's like going to a new school where suddenly like, 'nobody knows us
here, let's be the tough guys now!'"
We'll all have to wait a while to see the film. Smith is planning on submitting the film to the 2011
Sundance Film Festival.
H/T: Slash Film.