Despite the poor critical reception to Cop Out, Kevin Smith films are generally universally loved, with only a few exceptions. Ever since bursting onto the scene in the early nineties with the indie hit Clerks, Smith has remained relatively consistent with his own brand of acerbic humor and verbose dialogue, churning out hilarious films like Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Over the past couple of years Smith has sporadically brought up Red State, a serious horror film and obvious departure from his usual genre. Despite waffling on when he'll make, as well as a number of funding issues, it looks like Red State will finally see the light of day.

According to Kevin Smith's Twitter account, his much anticipated horror film Red State will begin shooting this July. This comes almost three years after the script was completed (he gives the date as 9/5/07), as well as being on the heels of a pseudo-controversy wherein it was claimed he was asking for fans to donate, which got some people all worked up. Apparently the funding issues have been worked out, or the idea for fan-funding has just been abandoned, but with luck we'll finally get a Kevin Smith horror film.

Red State deals with issues of religious fundamentalism, and according to Smith in a recent interview with Shock, it will "definitely (be) a 180 from everything else we've done including Zack and Miri but at the same time, it's not like a splatter film, it's not like a slasher balls-to-the-walls gore, it's more unsettling and disturbing type of horror." The film is said to be inspired by Fred Phelps, the leader of the anti-homosexual Westboro Baptist Church.

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