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WATCH: Trailer for horror flick set in Manitoba, shot in L.A. – Winnipeg

Posted on 23/01/2019 | in 杭州夜生活 | by

WINNIPEG – The setting in Bifrost, Man., is just one more strange thing about the movie Tusk.

North Carolina and Los Angeles double as a Manitoba Interlake community in the Kevin Smith horror flick, set to be released in September. Its trailer was released on the weekend.

Yes, that’s right – Hollywood is pretending somewhere else is Manitoba, not the other way around.

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“That’s really unusual,” said Ginny Collins, communications and marketing director for Manitoba Film and Music, when asked if she knows of any other such films. “I can’t think of a case.”

The movie is unusual in many other ways, from its plot to its birth as a podcast.

The low-budget film – it cost $3 million to make, a pittance in Hollywood terms – is about an American podcaster who travels to the Interlake to talk to a former seafarer who tells wild stories. The old man, who lives in a creepy mansion in Bifrost, kidnaps the American and works to transform him into a walrus.

“I don’t want to die in Canada,” the podcaster says in the last line of the trailer.

The movie got its start with a tale made up by Smith during a podcast. The original concept was set in the U.K. — it was based on a British ad seeking someone to share a home on the condition that the person occasionally dress like a walrus.

After the podcast Smith asked his fans to tweet #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo to determine whether he’d make the movie — and #WalrusYes was the clear winner.

“I’ve always been a big Canadaphile,” Smith wrote in his blog, “so instead of setting the story in the U.K. as discussed in the podcast, I moved it to the backwoods of Canada: Bifrost, Man.” The setting also allowed him to incorporate “twisted tales of the True North” that he’d uncovered while researching a hockey-themed project called Hit Somebody, he said.

Johnny Depp is rumoured to make an appearance in the movie.

Online magazine Slate described the movie as I Am the Walrus meets cult horror film Saw meets Clerks, the latter being Smith’s breakout low-budget 1994 film about a couple of poorly paid clerks.

Smith’s other films include Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

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