Tucker and Dale vs. Evil follow two simple-minded rednecks Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) who are concerned only with working on their vacation home. By some comedic misfortunes the harmless hillbillies are mistaken for psychotic chainsaw wielding killers by — get this — a van full of college students. That’s right, a bunch of college kids headed to the Appalachian Mountains for some skinny-dipping, beer, and good times. One by one, they start dropping like flies in some of the most comedic and even ridiculous scenarios in cinema history, and not because anyone wanted them dead. Check out this trailer before reading the full review:
As someone not fond of the horror/ comedy genre, I had very low expectations of this movie. The genre is filled to the brim with lame, highly uninspired nonsense, with the Scary Movie franchise being the epitome of such nonsense. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is different and goes against convention. It is ridiculously funny in the same vein as Tremors, Dead Snow and Shaun of The Dead, three films I consider to be the best in the genre. Guess what? Tucker vs. Dale joins them at the top.
As an indie film, it is sheer comedic horror perfection, even though the production value is nothing to write home about. Unlike most horror/ comedies that poke fun at other horror flicks — once again, Scary Movie — it is original. I love how Eli Craig, the genius director behind this masterpiece, told the story from Dale and Tuck’s point of view, rather than from the view of the mindless college kids, as is always done. This style, combined with great acting by Tudyk / Labine and well-placed gags, makes you fall instantly in love with Tucker and Dale. Some of the death scenes will have you fall off your chair laughing.
It is very unfortunate that this low-budget, brilliantly-crafted indie film didn’t win critical acclaim. Don’t you find it disturbing how potential cult classics almost seem invisible in Hollywood?
It is very rare that I give a movie a 9 out of 10. It is even rarer that I rate a horror/comedy anything higher than a 6. But Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is so brilliantly executed — for its measly budget — that it deserves nothing less than a 9. If you’re fan of the genre, or just looking for something fresh, it’s not a movie to be missed. Craig pulled off what Cabin In The Wood never could. Yea I said it — Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is better than Cabin In The Wood. Head over to the comments section and let me know if you agree or disagree.
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