It’s a brand New Year and in honor of 2014, here is the first really exciting news of the year for us horror fans. Kevin Smith may be returning back to the horror genre yet again, after Red State and his upcoming film Tusk, with the recently titled horror/comedy Helena Handbasket. Got to love the word play. I love this late resurgence of Kevin Smith’s film career, especially after he had announced his retirement from directing last year. I’ll always be behind the guy, take that anyway you want, Snoogans!
If you thought the idea behind his upcoming film Tusk was crazy, then wait until you hear what Smith has in store for you with Helena Handbasket. Smith is busy writing the screenplay for it that will revolve around mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus. And you thought Dogma pissed off Christians?
A couple of days ago Smith posted an update to his Facebook page explaining his desire to do another film based on his popular SModcast segment called The (C)Rapture. Apparently, the films original title was going to be Christzilla but Smith decided to chose the supremely clever title: Helena Handbasket. Smith explained his desire to do the film, sharing on Facebook: “The idea is to, once again, take an episode of SModcast and turn it into a movie. It’s worked out quite nicely with TUSK (thanks largely to the cast, the crew and the good folks at Demarest and at a24, who’ll be releasing the flick this fall), so I wanna see if I can do it again. Granted, this time the plot of the movie concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus – which means the budget has to be LOW, because NOBODY’S gonna wanna make that movie. At all. And I know this going in, so I won’t be heartbroken if it never goes beyond the script. But… if the script is funny enough? Who knows? That walrus movie seemed pretty daffy and far-fetched until we were standing on the TUSK set bringing that shit to life four months and change after first making it up in episode 259 of SModcast.”
Smith seems to be very proud of Tusk and I can’t wait to check it out for myself. As for Helena Handbasket, a film about humankind teaming with Hell to take on a rampaging Jesus Christ sounds like it could be awesome. We’ll see how far Kevin Smith can take this one, and hopefully it will get made.