Cast:Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Chelan Simmons, Tyler Labine, Brandon Jay McLaren, Jesse Moss, Christie Laing, Alex Arsenault, Philip Granger, Travis Nelson, Tye Evans, Bill Baksa, Adam Beauchesne, Joseph Allan Sutherland
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is simply one of the best horror comedies to come out of the genre in recent years, yet for some reason it still hasn't found proper US distribution. While other films are creating failed spoofs off the success of recent and past efforts, this flick managed to deliver the laughs by giving us something more creative and fresh.
Like the backwood slashers that the pic pokes fun at, we follow a group of young 20-somethings on their way to a little camping adventure somewhere in the outskirts of the city. After a brief and misunderstood encounter with our leads at a gas station, the group bunk up near a lake for some boozing and ghost stories. Normally we stick with the pack of young "city folk" through the entirety of the film, but not in this case, as our leads are actually a couple kind-hearted rednecks named Tucker and Dale, who are also out in the woods to get a little much-needed R&R. In fact, the duo purchased a quaint little "vacation home" deep in the wooded area that they hope to fix up.
While during a little late night fishing, the guys spot one of the young female group members getting a little comfortable with her skin at some nearby rocks. Startled, she notices the duo peepin' her, but before she can do anything about it, falls into the water and hits her head, knocking her unconscious. The guys (as nice as they are) rescue her from the waters and attempts to signal her skinny-dipping friends over for some assistance.
Yelling out "We got yer friend!" didn't help matters, as this effort of kindness backfires. The group of friends (already thinking the two hillbillies are out to kill them) assume that they've just murdered or captured their female comrade and run for their lives. Thus, the start of a huge and hilarious misunderstanding between the group and Tucker & Dale begins!
The running gag throughout the movie is the complete misunderstanding between our leads and the group of friends. Tucker and Dale are oblivious to the fact that the kids are trying to kill them, and the group continue to unintentionally kill themselves in the process, thinking that with each death it's by the hands of our two leads, when in reality all the guys want to do is help the unconscious girl and go about the rest of their business.
You'd think that this gag would run pretty thin after a while, but thanks to the likeable leads and the creative directorial and co-written efforts of new filmmaker Eli Craig, the pacing remains solid and the jokes never seem to dry out. Next to the comedy, we're also given a pretty decent amount of blood and gore, especially considering the ways some of these characters end up offing themselves in.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a successful blend of comedy, a creative premise, likeable characters, and some blood and gore for good measure. It's amazing how the flick still hasn't received the proper distribution that it deserves. Definitely give this a check.
|Posted on May 3, 2011 - 8:29pm | FrighT MasteR|