Tusk (2014)

GATUNEK: Horror, Dramat, Komedia, LEKTOR.PL

OPIS FILMU: Amerykanin Wallace Bryton wybiera się do Kanady, aby pozyskać materiały do kolejnego odcinka podcastu, którego prowadzi razem z kolegą, Teddy’m Craftem. Po dotarciu na miejsce, w toalecie w barze natrafia na ogłoszenie mężczyzny w podeszłym wieku, Howarda Howe, w którym informuje o wolnym pokoju do wynajęcia w jego wielkim, stojącym z dala od cywilizacji domostwie. Wzmianka o chęci podzielania się z kimś historiami z własnego, barwnego życia zachęca Wallace’a do skorzystania z oferty. Początkowo miły wieczór w towarzystwie snującego ciekawe opowieści staruszka zamienia się w koszmar, kiedy Bryton uświadamia sobie, że Howe pragnie zamienić go w morsa.

PLOT: Friends Wallace Bryton and Teddy Craft host the popular podcast The Not-See Party, where they find and mock humiliating viral videos. Wallace announces plans to fly to Canada to interview the Kill Bill Kid, an Internet celebrity famous for severing his leg. In flashbacks spread throughout the film, it is revealed that Wallace was originally a failed standup comic who became popular with his increasingly vicious podcasts, and that he frequently cheats on his girlfriend, Ally.

Upon arriving in Manitoba, Wallace is surprised to learn that the Kill Bill Kid committed suicide. Upset that he flew to Canada for nothing, Wallace decides to stay an extra day and find another person to interview. He finds a handbill from someone offering a room in his home for free and the guarantee of hearing a lifetime of interesting stories. His interests piqued, Wallace arrives at the mansion of Howard Howe, a retired seaman in a wheelchair. Howe tells the story of how a walrus that he named Mr. Tusk rescued him after a shipwreck. Wallace then passes out from the secobarbital laced in Howe’s tea.

The next morning, Wallace wakes up to find himself strapped into a wheelchair and his left leg amputated. Howe tells him he saw a Brown Recluse crawl out of his pant leg and a local doctor had to amputate it to save Wallace’s life. Howe not only reveals that he can still walk, but lays out his plans for Wallace: he plans to fit Wallace into a perfectly constructed walrus costume. Wallace’s attempts to contact Ally and Teddy, who are having an affair behind his back, fail when neither answer their phone before Howe knocks him unconscious.

Now aware that Wallace is in danger, Ally and Teddy fly to Canada to look for him. Back at the mansion, Howe continues to mutilate and alter Wallace, to whom he tells his backstory: a Duplessis orphan, he was physically and sexually abused for years by the clergy housing him, and as a result hates the entire human race. He sews Wallace into a walrus costume made of human skin, the tusks made of the tibia bones from Wallace’s severed legs.

Local detective Frank Garmin puts Ally and Teddy in touch with Guy Lapointe, a former Sûreté du Québec inspector who has been hunting Howe for years. Lapointe reveals that Howe, nicknamed “The First Wife”, has been kidnapping and murdering people for years and believes Wallace may still be alive, but not as they remember him. They eventually find Howe’s address through two convenience store clerks, Colleen McKenzie and Colleen Collette, who Wallace had annoyed earlier.

As the three arrive at Howe’s house, Wallace’s psyche has been completely broken and conditioned to be like that of a walrus. Howe reveals that his obsession with the walrus comes from killing and eating Mr. Tusk six months after living on the island. For the past 15 years, he has attempted to turn his victims into his beloved savior for a chance to relive their last day and give Mr. Tusk another chance at survival. Dressed in his own homemade pelt, Howe engages in a fight with Wallace that ends in Wallace impaling Howe’s chest with his tusks. Ally and Teddy enter the enclave as Wallace bellows like a walrus, much to Ally and Teddy’s horror. Lapointe later enters the room, and aims a shotgun at Wallace.

One year later, Wallace, still sewn into the pelt, lives in a wildlife sanctuary. Ally and Teddy visit him and feed him a mackerel. Ally remembers a discussion she had with Wallace the day before he left for Canada about how crying separates humans from animals, because crying shows that you have a soul. Ally tells Wallace she still loves him before walking off crying. Tears run down Wallace’s face as he bellows, implying that the human part of Wallace may not be completely gone.