'Abduction,' 'Beastly,' 'New Year's Eve' and...?
5. "Red State"
Before including this film on the list, I went back to see it again, removed from the grotesque circus that surrounded its Sundance premiere, and I was surprised to realize it is even worse than I thought on first viewing. Shapeless, cynical, and sloppy, "Red State" is Kevin Smith's idea of what a horror movie about fundamentalism looks like, and it's a post-Waco undercooked mess, a movie that tackles some very big subjects without a single thing of interest to say about them. Even the great Michael Parks, saddled with endless speeches full of hollow rhetoric, can't make this material work, and if there's anything good to say about the movie, it is that Smith swears he's almost done making them.
- Drew McWeeny