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Kevin Smith’s Original Ending for Red State Was Bats$!t Crazy

Red State

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While fans young and old — mostly young — will flock to theaters to catch the latest hijinks from Jay and Silent Bob, Kevin Smith’s forays outside the Clerks universe have been met with scant acclaim and fewer ticket sales. The dismal reception is arguably fitting for unfortunate misfires like Jersey Girl and Cop Out, but the same can’t be said for Smith’s very decent, very watchable religious thriller Red State.

(Warning: Spoilers abound below!)

The movie follows three sex-starved teens as they’re catfished, kidnapped, and made examples of by a fundamentalist cult and its Fred Phelps-ian leader, played fantastically by Michael Parks. The tension builds into a standoff and shootout between the church and the Feds — resembling how Rob Zombie would depict the Waco siege. Unfortunately, the movie ends with a whimper rather than an apocalyptic bang. What sounds like Gabriel’s mighty trumpet, signaling the end of the world and proving the fundamentalists right, turns out to be nothing more than some offscreen pranksters described in a sedate epilogue.

Those who’ve seen Red State were probably expecting a full-on cameo by the Four Horsemen, and they’d be right: That was Smith’s original plan had he the budget to pull it off. As explained by the man himself in a video by Entertainment Weekly, the original ending featured sword- wielding angels, torso explosions, and the Rapture Riders — all at a cost that would dwarf the budgets for every one of Smith’s previous films put together. But with only $4 million to do the entire film, he had to scrap the $15 million ending and opt for the simpler finale.

However, thanks to EW’s video series Scene Unseen, we’re able to see Smith’s original ending to Red State, albeit in animated form. And for the record, we would’ve gladly traded all of Zack and Miri Make a Porno to see a blood-soaked, slack-jawed John Goodman stare at a 10-foot angel, if only for a few seconds.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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