Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil: Horror comedy done right

In theaterical releases Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil really didn’t make too many people’s must see list. In fact in many circles people didn’t know what I was talking about when I mentioned the title to them. That being said, I assume all of my loyal readers and movie buffs know exactly what I am talking about when I mention the title that is now available on Netflix Streaming; But just in case someone stumbles upon this site and has no idea what I am talking about, let me explain.

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil is a film that is a fun mocking of the cliched Hollywood horror that floods the American box offices. The movie follows Tucker and Dale, two of the worlds most kind hearted and dimwitted rednecks, who just bought a run down cabin as their vacation home. At the same time a group of college kids are travelling through the backwoods on their way home. During a skinny dipping incident gone wrong the students think that Tucker and Dale are killer rednecks who kidnap their friend and plan to kill them all. Unfortunately for Tucker and Dale they find themselves in a series of events that baffles their simple minds to the core.

I loved Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. It is the type of horror comedy that works so well. People loved Zombieland a few years back, and while it is a fun movie I think I had more fun with Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. The makers of Tucker and Dale took a simplistic horror plot and gave it abnormal twist. The end result is a film that still fulfills all the slips, screams, death and impalement that a horror film usually has and gives it a great comedic element as well.

The other reason Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil works so well is because it tells the tale from the perspective of the “rednecks.” While no one can watch films like The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn and Texas Chainsaw Massacre thinking that the hillbillies were just misunderstood, Tucker and Dale seem to at least bring about that question in a very comedic way. The film loves to play on the fact that not everything is as it seems and that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Who would have guessed that Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil had a message to it? Not only is it cleverly written and original but it teaches you a lesson!

Tyler Labine as Dale and Alan Tudyk as Tucker are outstanding as our two lovable rednecks. Most people will recognize Tudyk from Firefly or as Steve The Pirate from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story but he fills the role of Tucker with great ease. Tudyk plays second fiddle to Dale who really becomes the main character of the film. Played by Tyler Labine, an young actor who hasn’t quite gained traction in Hollywood films is so much fun to watch on screen. I was a huge fan of the short lived show “Reaper” in which Labine played the offbeat friend of Sam’s named Sock. Labine has a great charisma about him and reminds me of an early Jack Black type just needing that one big break that will catapult him into stardom.

I’ve always said I am not the horror buff, but Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil is the type of film I can get behind. In fact, I would have no problem suggesting this to people who don’t crave blood and guts. It’s just a fun, smart little film that deserves to be seen. In a time where people are constantly claiming there is a lack of originality in Hollywood films like Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil are a breath of fresh air. I encourage you to check them out (especially if you have Netflix Streaming) and give this film a chance.

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