LET ME TELL YOU A STORY…
Podcast host Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) goes to Manitoba, Canada to interview a guy who accidentally chopped off his leg, but ends up a guest at the mansion of a retired seaman (Michael Parks) with stories to tell – and a frightening plan to enact. Kevin Smith gave Parks another juicy role after Red State (2011) as a man with a dream in this very freaky horror-comedy. Not for all tastes, the film even introduces a clownish Clouseau-type French-Canadian cop, played by Johnny Depp, halfway in that will divide audiences. But you’re never quite sure where Smith is headed, and the film gets points for originality, its sense of humor and game cast.
2014-U.S. 102 min. Color. Widescreen. Written, directed and edited by Kevin Smith. Cast: Michael Parks (Howard Howe), Justin Long (Wallace Bryton), Genesis Rodriguez (Ally Leon), Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, Harley Morenstein.
Trivia: Inspired by Smith’s own podcast. Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Melody Depp, daughters of the director and Johnny Depp, play bored teens in the store scenes. Quentin Tarantino was allegedly considered as the French-Canadian cop.