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Trailer Terrors: Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)

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September 6, 2011

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“Evil just messed with the wrong hillbillies.”

Man… it seems like I’ve been waiting forever on this one. Having first premiered last year, Eli Craig’s Tucker & Dale vs Evil has taken what seems like an eternity to arrive, but I’m happy to say the wait was well worth it and provides yet another reason why Magnet Releasing is so damned awesome!

You might remember that last week we interviewed Director Eli Craig about the film, which was just released on VOD. During that interview, Craig discussed how his experience as an Outward Bound Instructor helped to inspire the set-up for the film which turns the horror genre on its ear by pitting two best friends Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) who just happen to be taking a vacation at their new cabin in the woods against a bunch of stereotypical teenagers led by Chad, a typical fratboy who also happens to have “slasher” DNA in his veins… literally.

A few misunderstandings later, including the unintentional “kidnapping” of the film’s lead female (Allison) and Chad quickly descends into a bloodthirsty vigilante with an ax while Tucker and Dale try desperately to figure out just why all of these teens are so eager to kill themselves on their property. It’s fun to watch unfold, but even funnier in just how ludicrous (yet mostly plausible) each death happens to take place.

What the film does best is taking both the backwoods horror genre (Wrong Turn, The Hills Have Eyes) and the predestination death theme of the Final Destination films and play them for 3 Stooges style of comedy. In many respects, Tucker and Dale vs Evil marks the first true return to “splatstick” since Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2. Craig takes what could have been a 30-minute short film and turns it into an entertaining feature film full of misdirection and mutilation. The special fx team deserves bonus points for that second part as there’s virtually no CGI used.

Tudyk and Labine makes for two of the most likeable hillbillies ever depicted on screen, both fragile and kind-hearted while still appearing to the other cast members as deranged psycho killers. Being only slightly familiar with Labine from the tv show, Reaper, I was surprised just how many supporting roles both actors have portrayed over the years and I’m even more interested in seeing what they do in the next year or so.

FINAL RANKING – 5 Hillbilly Jims out of 5

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  • LaDracul

    You know, I first heard of Tyler Labine when he was on a show with Ryan Gosling called “Breaker High”, which (As they didn’t want to admit it) was a combination of “Saved by the Bell” and “The Suite Life on Deck”. However, the other guy that was on there, Scott Vikaryous (Or however you spell it), was poised to be the main guy, but you could obviously tell this character was a jerk with anger problems, no matter how much they tried to sell him as a heart trob. Needless to say, I liked Ryan more.

    Of course, years later, it’s obvious Ryan and Tyler are becoming more noteworthy while Scott is stuck in soap operas.

    Anyway, I kind of like the idea of a typical genre movie being told from the other person’s perspective. (See “The Baxter”, a rom-com told from the dumpee’s POV)

    • Rondal

      Thanks for the recommendation, LaDracul, I’ll have to check that one out.

      After seeing this film, I’m definitely interested in seeing what else Labine and Tudyk have done. I think I remember seeing Tudyk in Death at a Funeral before. Another great comedy if you haven’t seen it.

      • LaDracul

        Always wanted to see the original “Death at a Funeral”…but I took notice of him in “A Knight’s Tale”. :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000957062950 Joe Hasson

    Still must see this!