“Tusk” Review by Tarek Fayoumi


I thought that “Tusk” was going to be as twisted as “The Human Centipede.” “Tusk” is a horror film that is beyond bizarre and not even scary. If you thought “The Human Centipede” was disturbing, do not panic. “Tusk” does not even add up to the disturbance of its concept of a horror film.

I will elaborate on its setup. The film may seem obvious after I explain how it goes. I will not mind because (1) it involves a podcaster with a ridiculous podcast named “The Not-See” party, and (2) why would a scientist be obsessed with turning an innocent man into a walrus? This is a film that I felt ninety-minutes of my time was wasted. Just the whole premise does not make sense.

Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) is a podcaster that takes a trip down to the backwoods of Manitoba to interview a delusional seafarer named Howard Howe (Michael Parks). He drugs Wallace and does surgically twisted operations on him determined to turn him into a walrus.

Wallace is able to make his partner and girlfriend Teddy Craft and Ally Leon (Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez) aware that he is in danger.

Teddy and Ali plan to go and save Wallace with the help of an ex-cop named Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp). Lapointe has a feeling for violence to happen because he is aware of how demented the seafarer is. You will not want to know how crazy the seafarer is, but you do not want to know how he can turn someone into a walrus.

The director Kevin Smith is a well-known director, but “Tusk” is one of his films doing dreadfully; I wonder why I did not just watch one of his good films like “Clerks” or “Jersey Girl.” They may be out dated, but they sound much more entertaining than a film about a man being turned into a walrus.

I will say, this movie made me laugh, but I am not giving it a high star rating. Is this quirky? Is this scary? What’s the point? It is an example of how horror films lack. One star.


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