Kevin Smith is known for his comedy films and we thank him for bringing us Jay and Silent Bob and not Jersey Girl. However, he is leaving the comedy behind and readying a new horror film, which, according to an exclusive interview he gave to RottenTomatoes UK, will be titled Red State.
Smith told the site the film was insipred by the "members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, a controversial church group made largely of members of the Phelps family and run by preacher Fred Phelps. Infamous in America for taking a supremely homophobic stance and for picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, the group see media interviews as a platform for airing their views and the word of their founder, Fred Phelps."
"The movie's called 'Red State'," he said, "and it's very much about that subject matter, that point of view and that position taken to the absolute extreme. It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure."
You might be reading this wondering how that can be a horror, well Smith went on to say that "there's all kinds of horror, and killing someone's not the absolute worst thing you could do to another human being." Interesting if you ask me.