Jack Ketchum is one of the more influential authors of that whole splatterpunk thing in horror fiction, which for some reason, I’m not terribly familiar with. I’ve read some really intense stuff in the past but most of it on the more fantastic side of the genre like Nancy Collins’ Sonja Blue series. I’ve read a couple of Ketchum’s shorts, though, and I have to admit, with some newfound time to actually chill and read at night, now might be a time to familiarize myself with Ketchum. The trailer for the upcoming feature, Red, should be motivation enough.
The story follows an elderly man, victimized when his dog, Red, is shot by some worthless punks. Helpless in the face of apathy and pushed over the edge, he fixates on getting justice. A worthy punishment for the kids who killed his best friend and an apology, but as you might expect from that trailer, things get way out of hand. I’ve voiced my love of vigilante and revenge movies here and this looks like the purest sort that ought to appeal to my sensibilities. This isn’t some Death Wish knock off with an intense anti-hero, it’s a story about how things can snowball and minor problems become major problems.
Original director, Lucky McKee, was canned from the project mid-shoot, but word out of the Fantasia Fest is that it holds up in the face of a director switcheroo. So I’m still maintaining a steady level of excitement. Tom Sizemore, who looks positively sick, and Brian Cox, whom I’ve been intimidated by since he yelled encouragements into my ear in Manhunt and said some horrifying things about young boys in L.I.E. are two major draws to this picture.