Wallace (Justin Long) and Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) are 2 obnoxious podcasters that became famous by telling dick and fart jokes on the air. They make fun of the less fortunate and Wallace even goes as far as to travel to Canada to meet one of these people for a prank interview. However, when Wallace decides to detour his plan in order to get a better story, he ends up in a house of horrors when he is transformed into a monster!
Based on one of director Kevin Smith’s own podcasts, Tusk is… well, Tusk is something special. First of all, this movie feels like a prank played on the audience which is exactly what the main characters are known for (and if I didn’t know any better, so are Smith’s own podcasts). As many reviewers around have put it, “It feels like this was made on a dare.” Tusk starts out as a decent creepy house of horrors flick with a great eerie performance from Michael Parks as the lunatic who kidnaps Wallace, but there comes a point in the movie when you discover just what is truly going on and you say to yourself “really?!?!” What you are presented with is not only stupid but rather cheesy looking on screen (don’t worry I won’t spoil it here.) Most horror/slasher movies will drag out the shock value before surprising their audience, but Tusk presents it to us in all its jacked up glory before turning the reigns over to an unrecognizably fat Haley Joel Osment and an unrecognizably funny looking Johnny Depp. The 2nd half of the movie turns into what I would call a comedy horror and without the oddly enjoyable performance by Depp, I probably would have left.
The story of Tusk is nothing new. It felt like Misery meets Frankenstein with comedy mixed in. Oddly enough, as jacked up as the movie turns out to be, the movie really isn’t that scary nor is it anywhere near the most screwed up movie I’ve ever seen. I think it is due to the cheesy nature of what happens to Wallace and the amount of comedy that comes in the 2nd half that I just can’t take it seriously as a decent movie. Either way, this movie is only for a select few and I wouldn’t recommend anyone see this unless you are a HUGE fan of Kevin Smith the person and like horror movies that are quite unique. I’ll give it one thing… It sure is memorable! Oh and for a piece of fan trivia, the 2 girls that work at the convenience store are Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughters. Co-starring Genesis Rodriguez.
4/10 Stars – It might have some value to someone out there, but it was lost on me. Johnny Depp is the only saving grace!