Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil - DVD Review


Starring Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger, Brandon McLaren and Chelan Simmons.
Directed by Eli Craig.

The rural citizen has achieved a brutal reputation thanks to the magic of cinema, largely designed by them coastal dwellers. You have Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, and that's let to the numerous Hills Have Eyes/Wrong Turn parade of murderous hillbillies. This movie picks up where the Scream franchise fizzled out, and we get the best horror comedy of the year.

Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two country boys who've purchased a cabin in the woods. A vacation home. Meanwhile they come across some beer-drinking college kids out for a little fun, the kind of good-looking two-dimensional students just waiting to find out where they fit in the inevitable body count. A series of misunderstandings leads the kids to believe the hillbillies are serial killers, and darned if the kids don't keep accidentally dying around them. This is not what it looks like.

Tudyk (Serenity) and Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) make a good team, and the ways the kids keep dying would make the fates of Final Destination proud. This barely had a theatrical release, but for fans of the genre, it's a hoot.

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