Tucker And Dale Vs Evil (2010) Review

20130511-081111 PM.jpg
Tucker And Dale Vs Evil

Directed by Eli Craig

Starring:
Tyler Labine
Alan Tudyk
Katrina Bowden
Jesse Moss

20130511-081143 PM.jpg
Plot:

A comedy horror in which two “simple” but sweet hillbillies, Dale played by Tyler Labine & Tucker played by Alan Tudyk, are on their way to the “dream vacation home” (a rundown shack) they’ve just bought deep in the woods of West Virginia. While at a gas station, they encounter a group of college students who are there to do some camping. The snobby students are immediately freaked out by these “hillbillies”, especially when Dale tries to talk to one of them (Allison played by Katrina Bowden). Mistaking his nervousness at talking to a pretty girl for “maniacal hillbilly craziness”, the college students flee. Later, when the students decide to do some skinny dipping in the lake where Tucker & Dale happen to be fishing, Allison is startled & bumps her head. Tucker & Dale save her but the other students again flee, thinking they’ve kidnapped her.

What follows as the students try to “rescue” Allison from the hillbillies’ cabin are a series of hilarious deadly mishaps which further reinforce the students’ belief that the hillbillies are killers while a baffled Tucker & Dale are confused as to why these students seem to have some crazy kind of suicide pact.

20130511-081235 PM.jpg
My Opinion:

This was a pleasant surprise! Especially as I’ve liked very few horror movies since the 70s & 80s (The Omen & The Shining are my type of thing with a bit of the Nightmare On Elm Street-type 80s slasher). I’m even pickier on comedy – I can’t say I’ve found many movies funny since the days of Wayne’s World, The Princess Bride & This Is Spinal Tap. Yeah, I’m old & grumpy. But Tucker And Dale had me laughing throughout the whole movie. As for the “horror”, it’s harder for me to say if horror fans liked this? The gore is cheesy & the film has that very 80s look overall as that’s (I assume?) what they’re going for since it’s a send-up of 80s slasher flicks. I liked that and it worked perfectly for this film.

20130511-081312 PM.jpg
This movie never “tries too hard” on the comedy, which is kind of refreshing. This is NOT, I repeat NOT, one of those horrible Scary Movie movies. This was made by someone with a brain who knows that being more subtle on the comedy isn’t a bad thing and who clearly has a love for 80s slashers and can make fun of them in just the right way. It’s also clearly made by someone the same sort of age as me, though, so I think this movie probably wouldn’t appeal so much to the younger Saw generation who didn’t grow up on 70s & 80s horror movies and might not get the comedy in this. And, of course, they’d just moan at the gore looking unrealistic and cheesy. And that it’s not in 3D with blood, vomit & entrails popping out of the screen at you. Kids these days – they don’t know what’s good. πŸ˜‰

20130511-081350 PM.jpg
Summary:

A thoroughly fun & entertaining comedy horror that lovingly pokes fun at the 80s slasher flick and the horror clichΓ©s of dumb college students doing every dumb thing possible in order to “escape” crazy inbred hillbilly maniacs. It takes what’s actually a very simple idea of having the hillbillies just be two nice guys who think that they’re actually the ones being terrorized by college kids who seem to have completely lost their minds and gives us a clever film that, in never trying too hard to please the audience, manages to do just that. However, you’re probably much more likely to enjoy this if, like me, you’re of the age where you grew up on 70s & 80s horror flicks.

My Rating: 7.5/10

20130511-081422 PM.jpg

All the movies I’ve seen in 2013 – Yep, Tucker And Dale comes in just under a Hitchcock film… πŸ™‚

Advertisements

26 thoughts on “Tucker And Dale Vs Evil (2010) Review

  1. I think I can safely speak for all horror fanatics when I say, yes, we absolutely love this. It’s one of the smartest, funniest horror/comedies I’ve seen in ages. Excellent film.

  2. I seem to be in the minority in not loving this film. It wasn’t bad, of course, but the need for a villain really messed up the last act, I felt.

    • I can see your point – I was kind of disappointed with the ending at first. But then I liked it a bit more the more I thought about it. Not sure how I would have ended the movie, though… Still really enjoyed it anyway. πŸ™‚

      • Yeah, it’s certainly a difficult film to end – I can’t think of a better way to get a third act. I think I probably went into this film with ridiculously high expectations so it was no surprise I went out somewhat disappointed; if I’d caught it randomly on TV I likely would have loved it.

      • Yes, I’m pretty much always disappointed when my expectations are too high. It’s probably why I liked this one so much – I wasn’t expecting to! It’s great when a movie surprises you. πŸ™‚

  3. Pingback: Grabbers (2012) Review for Halloween Horror Fest | Cinema Parrot Disco

  4. Pingback: My Top Ten Movies Watched At Home In 2013 | Cinema Parrot Disco

  5. Pingback: Dead Snow (2009) Review | Cinema Parrot Disco

  6. Pingback: It Follows (2014) Review | Cinema Parrot Disco

  7. Pingback: Re-Rated: Movie Reviews I May Have Gotten Wrong | Cinema Parrot Disco

  8. Pingback: My Top Ten Horror ComediesΒ  | Cinema Parrot Disco

  9. Pingback: My Top Ten Movies That Are 90 Minutes Or Less | Cinema Parrot Disco

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s