The first stills have been released for Kevin Smith’s first foray into horror, Red State.

The film (which is now Sundance-bound for 2011) boasts an interesting cast, some of whom pop up in the images here. Surely the first thing which springs to mind when viewing these is how thin John Goodman looks!

He stars alongside Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Angarano, Steven Root, and Michael Parks, in the story of a group of kids who encounter a crazed preacher (based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) and his minions. Kill Bill actor Parks plays the twisted religious leader, and he can be seen on the third image down.

Judging by his daily tweets and podcast sessions, Smith seems to be fairly confident that he has a decent film on his hands, although he was equally in praise of Cop Out during its production.

We’ll find out if he’s managed to put it off when the film is shown to an industry audience in Utah, this coming January.

Images courtesy of Dread Central. You can click the images below to enlarge.