Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil
This was a movie I was going to watch at Red River Theaters in their Extreme Film Festival. I wasn’t able to make it to the showing but I wish I had. The reason why I am saying this is because it is best when watched with a crowd.
The story is about Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) who have bought a vacation home in the forest. A group of college teens mistake them for deranged killers when they save one of the kids from drowning. From then on, the college kids think Tucker and Dale have kidnapped the girl and are trying to kill the rest of them.
Tucker and Dale VS. Evil is a modern horror comedy and it hits the mark perfectly, unlike others such as Evil Ed. It is definitely more comedy than horror, but the two are blended together perfectly.
Most of the comedy comes from how the college kids mistake what’s really happening. For example: they are trying to decide whether or not Tucker and Dale are crazy killers while they send one kid up to their door. Tucker mistakenly chainsaws a bee-hive then runs around screaming and swinging the chainsaw around wildly. Of course the kids don’t know about the bee-hive and think he’s trying to kill them. Most of the comedy comes from their misperceptions of what they see.
The kids end up killing themselves while trying to kill Tucker and Dale. Even a sheriff joins in on the unintentional suicide. It’s very morbid, gory, yet hysterical and the movie is extremely gory in the best possible way.
The film is a real comeback for horror-comedies (which were almost dead at the time it was released). Hopefully it can breath new life into the subgenre, which happens to be my personal favorite.