Tucker and Dale are two well-meaning hillbillies who just bought the vacation home of their dreams – a run-down, lakefront cabin in the middle of the woods. Only their peace is disrupted when a group of rowdy college students choose their area of the forest to go camping. When one of the girls falls into the lake (a result of Tucker and Dale startling her), they bring her back to their cabin to bandage her up. The catch: when they tell her friends they have her, the teens think they had kidnapped her. A chain of hilarious misunderstandings ensue, consisting of the teenagers accidentally killing themselves in front of the unsuspecting (and truly baffled) Tucker and Dale.
Director: Eli Craig
Writers: Morgan Jurgenson, Eli Craig
Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden
I will be the first one to say that I am not a fan of the over-the-top Horror Comedies. I like my humor light and my horror heavy. Most Horror Comedies throw ten jokes a minute at you just to see how many will stick. Not too often do many of these movies resonate very well with me, although they do tend to work well with others. Exceptions to this, for me would be Shaun of the Dead of course. I think that movie is pretty close to perfection. A more recent film would be Zombieland, but I think that Zombieland pales in comparison to Shaun of the Dead.
From the outset of Tucker & Dale vs Evil, I pretty much suspected that this movie might be a little different. Yes, there were still a ton of jokes flying around, but when Dale walks up to a group of girls holding a scythe innocently saying “You girls going camping,” I figured that this one may be different. It is not too often that I laugh out loud, but that was one instance. It was definitely one of those you-had-to-be-there moments.
Throughout the movie, there were a few more moments that were laugh-out-loud funny as well, especially as the accidents keep coming. Overall, the writing of this movie is outstanding, and even the scenes that were lifted from films such as Friday the 13th and Evil Dead come out as moments of paying homage instead of direct stealing.
One of the biggest reasons for loving Shaun of the Dead is the great chemistry between the two leads, and in this one, Tucker and Dale have a chemistry that is just as good. While I am not ready to put Tucker & Dale vs Evil up at the level of Shaun of the Dead just yet, I have a very good feeling that I will be enjoying this one a lot more times for the next few years.
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