Tusk (2014)

2014 | R | Horror, Drama, Comedy
102 minutes /

User Score: 71/100


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Tusk Review

Synopsis:

When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.

Tusk (2014) is an American comedy horror movie that was filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Director and writer Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Clerks (1994), Dogma (1999)) did an exceptionally good job executing this awesome movie. I did not have high expectations for this movie and I honestly thought it would have been a boring watch. Kevin Smith is a talented guy who is a producer (over 28 movies), writer (over 27 movies), actor (over 38 movies), director (over 21 movies) and editor for over nine movies. I will be watching some of his past movies, and I am hoping to enjoy them as much as I did for Tusk. Tusk is a low budget indie film that contains humor and everything a horror movie should be.There were some gross disturbing moments that made me squeamish. This movie is definitely not for young teenagers and kids.

Tusk is a weird and extraordinary story about an old sailor man in a wheelchair who lives by himself doing the unimaginable and was saved by a walrus at one point in his life. Howard Howe (Michael Parks - From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Django Unchained (2012), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)) was a mariner for a very long time that has a lot of true stories to tell about his outrageous, strange adventures. Los Angeles podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long - Drag Me to Hell (2009), Accepted (2006), Live Free or Die Hard (2007)) traveled a long way to get to Winnipeg to interview a YouTube celebrity who became famous on the internet when he accidentally chopped off one of his legs with a samurai sword. The internet star committed suicide and was dead upon Wallace arrival. Wallace is confused and comes up with a new idea. He saw a room for rent in a personal ad placed by Howard that also contains the biography of Howard Howe. The room is in an old mansion and Howards states that he is looking for someone to spend time there. Wallace was happy that he might not have to leave empty handed and sets out to interview/meet Howard. In his amazement, old sailor Howard was sitting waiting for him to arrive. Why does wheelchair bound Howard live by himself far away from the main road? Wallace received more information than he expected to, and it blew his mind away.

BEWARE: SPOILERS AHEAD
Howard lives intentionally far away from the road so that people cannot hear any screams from his captured victims. Howard has a shelving unit that holds talismanic connections to the objects that once belonged to his victims. One of his victims was Ernest Hemingway, and Howard has Ernest’s whiskey bottle on his mantle. Howard is a serial killer that… turns his victims into walruses before they die. Howard has one important object on that shelf that means the world to him, and that is a piece of the walrus that saved him when he was shipwrecked. He named the walrus Mr. Tusk, and he is greatly saddened and disturbed by Mr. Tusk’s death every day that goes by. It has been five decades that Howard has been grieving the death of Mr. Tusk. Will Wallace be able to help Howard with his grief? After a few events: Wallace’s broadcasting partner Teddy (Haley Joel Osment - A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), The Sixth Sense (1999), Secondhand Lions (2003)) and girlfriend Allison Leon (Genesis Rodriguez - Hours (2013), Man on a Ledge (2012), Identity Thief (2013)) went on a rescue mission to save Wallace. They received the help of detective Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)) in Surete du Quebec. French-Canadian detective Guy has been trying to find Howard for years

I did not like the characters telling stories throughout the movie to each other, themselves and internet to listeners. It is what the movie is based on, and it was done extremely well in this movie but not something that I am a fan of on the norm. The third act tone was different and unexpected. The storyline was horrifyingly spooky with the horror tension build up was done in an unusual, interesting way. Johnny Depp did an amazing job with his part, and if I am not wrong, I think this is the best acting he has done a very long time. I recommend this movie for all horror fans to see because it is different in a sense but is at the same time similar to other movies out there. The director, Kevin Smith, put his own touch on the movie and made it his own; that made a fantastic watch above others.


About Tusk (2014)

Title: Tusk
Year: 2014
Runtime: 102 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Comedy
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 35 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 35
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Johnny Depp, Ashley Greene, Michael Parks, Justin Long, Ralph Garman, Haley Joel Osment, Harley Morenstein, Randy Grazio, Harley Quinn Smith, Brian Cole, Bonnie Cole, Rob Koebel, Genesis Rodriguez, Brian E. Cole, Zak Knutson, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, Kevin M. Conte, Todd Davis, Douglas Banks, Mitch Cleaver, Scott Mosier, Josh Roush, Devin Walker, Matthew Shively, Bill Bennett, Paula Jilling
Writers: Kevin Smith
Director: Kevin Smith

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