Monday, June 20, 2011

Movie Review: "Tucker & Dale vs Evil" by Mark Rose

I first heard about this movie when I saw a trailer for it when I went to see Paranormal Activity 2. It may sound like heresy to most film fanatics but I typically can't stand trailers. I find they usually just give away too much.

But this one really caught my attention. I had a good feeling about Tucker & Dale vs. Evil and it didn't hurt that Alan Tudyk was playing one of the lead roles. He's probably best known for his role as the pilot "Wash" on Firefly.  I also enjoyed him in the British comedy Death at a Funeral (don't bother with the American remake of this because it sucks balls) and as Alpha in the short-lived Fox series Dollhouse.  It took forever for me to finally get my hands on a copy I had actually almost forgotten about it but i'm sure glad I found it.

First time director Eli Craig takes all of the traditional genre cliches, embraces them, and uses them to create a bizarro slasher flick that is one of the most brilliant and funny satires of the horror genre that I've ever seen. It's laugh out loud funny without being annoyingly tongue in cheek and it also doesn't feel the need to get cheap laughs by inserting random pop culture jokes or references like a shitty Wayans Brothers film. Picture if you could somehow mix together Evil Dead, Deliverance and Zombieland and you have a good idea of what you're gonna get with Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.

Before I continue with my lovefest here's the trailer if you want to have a peek at it:

It starts out just like the average slasher flick with a carload of horny teenagers heading out to the country to go camping and...well you get the idea. They come across Tucker and Dale (our brilliant Laurel & Hardy type leads played by Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine respectively) first on the road and then at the gas station they stop at to get some beer. Tucker and Dale are heading out to check out and fix up their new summer home. Dale takes a liking to the "head hot chick" of the group of college kids and in a hilarious scene tries to talk to them but only manages to scare the shit out of them.

The plot kicks into high gear when the college kids head out to go skinny dipping.  There are unfortunately no titties in the skinny dipping which was mildly disappointing but completely forgiveable.  Anyway at the same time Tucker and Dale have already settled into their new cabin and they're out fishing in the same area.  They come across the same hot chick that Dale tried to talk to at the gas station and startle her to the point that she falls off of some rocks and bumps her head.  Tucker and Dale rescue her from drowning but her friends all think that they have kidnapped her.

They freak out and run off forcing them to bring the girl to their cabin to help her out.  She eventually comes to and is scared at first but then comes to realize that the two rednecks are just friendly regular people and not crazed killers.  Unfortunately for her friends they don't share that point of view and they plot to get their friend Ally back from them. the way that's the hot chick's name in the film she's played by Katrina Bowden who I best know for her role as Cerie on 30 Rock.

The hilarity ensues as the college kids unleash their plot on Tucker and Dale and basically proceed to kill themselves and/or each other in a great chain of events mainly around the cabin.  I don't want to spoil too much but there is an awesome Fargo-esque wood chipper scene that made me really happy.  In the end the main college kid who I just refer to as the "head douchebag" goes crazy and he ends kidnapping Ally and tries to kill her.  She gets rescued by Dale and they fall in love blah blah blah.. you already know enough.

It's a fucking awesome movie if you dig horror films, comedies or horror comedies you'll like this movie.

Here's the woodchipper scene if you want to check it out:

I give it five stars for creativity, hilarity and overall awesomeness


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