Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

12 Feb

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil | 2010 | Director: Eli Craig | Site | IMDB
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a spoof on the traditional backwoods hillbilly horror story. Tucker and Dale are a couple of lovable red necks heading through Appalachian-esc mountain woods to their vacation cabin. As a result of their looks and some accidental deaths all around them they are believed to be Deliverance-style sadist murderers. This is a horror comedy filled with tons of laughs and jumps. Not since Shaun of the Dead has a film of this style been made so well. Complimenting humor with scares and gore is a tough thing to do well and director Eli Craig does it remarkably. Lead actors Tyler Labine (Dale) and Alan Tudyk (Tucker) are brilliant as Tucker and Dale. You can’t help but fall in love with them from the very start. They are heartwarming, sweet, and funny and play naive to their outward appearance perfectly. Fans of classic horror and comedy will appreciate this film. The supporting cast is great as well. The majority of the supporting cast represents the douchey brainless group of friends that spend the weekend at a parent’s rural cabin. It’s been depicted before, and is just as enjoyable this time around. The only thing I would have changed is the obvious archetyping within the group of friends. They were absolutely douchey enough but it appeared as if the director picked specific social archetypes of a typical high school and had each character embody a persona from a group. You have the jock, the hot girl, the ditz, the indie kid, the stoner, the gangster, the probably gay kid, the bully etc. It felt more like a generality about social groups in high school then an actual group of friend’s hanging out. I couldn’t believe all these kids would hang out together. And quite possibly it was the director’s intent to form the group this way. I guarantee I am reading way too much into this, but it was the only aspect that slightly took me out of the film. The only other thought is I wish the film had some supernatural ending in the guise of Evil Dead. The film has parts reminiscent of the Evil Dead films (certain camera movements and the look of the cabin) but I was hoping for a nod or even a heavy-handed gesture to any of the Evil Dead films in the end. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is amazing and deserves a much wider audience.

Sometimes it is easy to judge a book by its cover and that is what a group of college kids does when they see Tucker and Dale on their way to vacation in the woods. All Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) wanted to do was to fix up their vacation cabin and drink a few beers. Instead what they got was a bunch of college kids slowly dying around them. Tudyk and Labine were hilarious in their roles; they were very convincing and overshadowed the actors who played the college students. The actors who played the college students were over the top at times, but that is what this movie called for. This movie has the perfect amount of gore and comedy.  Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is great and I highly recommend this for anyone who loves horror movies and comedies.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil Trailer


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