If horror movies have taught us anything, it’s to stay as far away from hillbillies as humanly possible. Whether it’s The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn, or House Of A 1000 Corpses; young college students and red necks just do not mix. Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil has a different story to tell that turns that preconceived notion on its ear.
Tucker And Dale’s unique take on the horror comedy genre mixes great deaths with a sense of humor based out of love for genre it’s satirizing. This is writer/director Eli Craig’s first full length movie and he shows an aptitude with both his writing and directing ability that is rarely seen this early in a career. Most of the film’s humor and action relies heavily on perspective and Craig does a great job of switching between the college students’ and the hillbillies’ viewpoints without being too jarring.
Alan Tudyk (of Firefly and Dollhouse fame) and Tyler Labine play the lead characters in the movie and do a great job with juggling the horror and comedic parts within the film. The two of them also pull off the fine balance between being simple folk but not moving into idiotic territory. It is their two performances that hold this movie together and serve to display the movie’s underlying commentary on prejudgment. Sure they may not be as savvy as the college kids, but they can definitely hold their own when they need to.
As for the rest of the ensemble cast, you have a group of young actors that play up the cliché’s of the genre for all their worth. At times the clichés are so over done that it’s easy to find yourself rooting for the next death of an unsuspecting college kid. Thankfully each of their deaths are unique and at times absolutely hilarious, as long as you have a morbid sense of humor.
Rich’s Recommended Viewing:
Opening Weekend – At The Theater – Rent It – Watch It On Cable – Stay Away! – 4/5
I’d definitely recommend for you to see the movie in Theaters but unfortunately it is only out as an On Demand movie on Xbox Live, Digital Cable, and other Video On Demand services. Without a doubt Tucker And Dale was one of the best horror comedies I’ve seen since Shaun Of The Dead, and I would recommend it to just about anyone looking for a fun movie to watch.