Tusk (2014) Film Review

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Horrendous Horror Movies
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Kevin Smith, director of Tusk, created a delightfully disturbing horror film that focuses upon an insane seafarer, a hand-stitched walrus outfit, and tibia tusks.

Wallace (Justin Long), an arrogant podcaster with a porn mustache, has found himself in Canada to conduct an interview with the Kill Bill Kid (Doug Banks). (See, Wallace is an asshole who belittles “freaks” on The Not-See Party, his podcast; for him, the Kill Bill Kid was going to make an easy target.)

But when Wallace arrives for the scheduled interview, he discovers that his interviewee has committed suicide. Once Wallace hears that, he freaks out; he needs to find another “freak” for his podcast in order for his Canadian trip to be worth his time.

And Wallace happens to find that “freak” when he sets foot in a small Canadian bathroom. Here, he discovers a small note, handwritten by Howard Howe (Michael Parks), who promises a boatload of mesmerizing tales to anyone who wishes to listen.

Yet Howe does not merely wish to tell his seafaring tales. No, no. Instead, Howe wishes to recreate Mr. Tusk, the walrus that saved him from drowning years ago. And Wallace seems like the perfect specimen to transform.

To be brutally honest, the transformation scenes weren’t gory at all. I had assumed that gore levels would be about equal with The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence. Instead of watching Wallace’s teeth be removed or his legs sawed off, though, I listened to Howe calmly recount his messed-up childhood as he leisurely sewed Wallace’s unconscious body up. I mean, it’s pretty tame.

But I will admit that the walrus costume is insanely creepy. Instead of looking like a walrus, though, Wallace looks like a flesh-colored Grimace with tusks. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cringe.

On the plus side, Wallace, while becoming a walrus, was able to listen to Howe’s beautiful voice recite one passage from Lewis Carroll’s, “The Walrus and the Carpenter.”

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright–
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

But there was another character that I loved listening to more: Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp), an alcoholic ex-cop who has been following Howe for years. It is this character that Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), Wallace’s friend, and Ally (Genesis Rodriguez), Wallace’s girlfriend, contact when trying to locate Wallace.

I can describe Lapointe in one word: hysterical. (Watch Tusk for yourself, and I am sure you will agree with me.)

Even though I loved certain characters and particular jokes, I hated the way Tusk ended. I had hoped the movie’s ending would have left me feeling good. Instead, it left me feeling distraught and incredibly unhappy.

Overall, I did enjoy Tusk, and I would highly recommend it.

To watch the trailer, click here

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