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Tusk

Rated R 101 minutes 2014

Middle-aged fanboy Kevin Smith has decided that what the world needs now is a comedy remake of The Human Centipede (2010), the grotesque midnight-movie favorite about a mad surgeon stitching people together into the title beast. In Smith's version a mean-spirited LA podcaster (Justin Long), traveling to Manitoba in search of material, gets held captive by a grandiose lunatic (Michael Parks) who turns him into a walrus, while the victim's girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) and sidekick (Haley Joel Osment) try to track him down. This is gruesome but never scary, snarky but never funny; it's probably the worst thing to come out of Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) that he didn't have the decency to flush down a toilet. Its only redeeming facet is a slumming cameo by Johnny Depp, barely recognizable under a wig and fake nose, as a French-Canadian homicide detective.

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Official Site: www.tuskthemovie.com

Director: Kevin Smith

Producer: Shannon McIntosh, Sam Englebardt, William Johnson, David Greathouse, Jennifer Schwalbach, Nate Bolotin and Nick Spicer

Cast: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Guy Lapointe and Johnny Depp

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