John Goodman in Red State.
John Goodman in Red State. Supplied

Is this Kevin Smith's last film?

HE'S said he's retiring from filmmaking so this could be your last chance to catch a Kevin Smith movie at the cinemas.

Smith, the love-him-or-hate-him cult helmsman of indie flicks like Clerks and Mallrats, has said he's giving up directing after Red State, a film about a group of teens who get terrorised by a group of religious nutters in middle America.

When it comes to Red State, reviews have been middling, with many expressing surprise at the film's high body count. In New Zealand, it's classified as a horror film and has an R18 rating, so you have been warned.

"It's a film that eventually proves horrific in ways unintended," said Boxoffice Magazine reviewer Nick Schager. Perhaps retirement for Smith will be a good thing.

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