31 Days of Horror: Movie #2 TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL
Here’s a good horror comedy. Taking a riff on the Southern subgenre of slasher horror films –stuff like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn, and Deliverance – Tucker and Dale vs. Evil attacks genre and society clichés, supplying plenty of laughs in the process. The film is about good natured hillbillies Tucker and Dale who are heading to the woods to fix up their vacation home (which looks a lot like the cabin in Evil Dead). Along the way, they meet up with a group of good looking college kids. The kids see Tucker and Dale as disgusting and potentially dangerous, and in most horror movies they’d be right, but this isn’t one of those kind of movies. After a series of crazy misunderstandings the kids think Tucker and Dale have kidnapped one of their friends. In their attempts to save their friend, the college kids accidentally get themselves killed in bloody and outrageous ways. Tucker theorizes that it’s a suicide pact with college kids coming to their house in the woods to kill themselves. And it just gets bloodier and weirder from there.
Whereas most horror comedies have a cynical edge, Tucker and Dale vs Evil is surprisingly sweet, with a message of acceptance and tolerance underneath all the blood and gore. Dale, as played by Tyler Labine, is the heart of the movie, a good guy that continues believing in people even when dudes are trying to stab him through with a spear. The film probably works better for those well-acquainted with the genre, but it never goes as far as Scream in terms of spoofing/referencing the films that came before it. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil loses some steam before the finale and one’s thankful that the film is short so that it wouldn’t be forced to stretch things out longer than necessary. Still, I really like this movie. For people who like The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead 2, and Shaun of the Dead, check this out.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is currently streaming on Netflix in the US.
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