Overlooked Film of the Week-#18
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil
"Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil," is not entirely the movie the title suggests. In fact, its not even the comedic horror film you may think it is.
Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two hillbilly friends on their way to their vacation home, when they encounter a group of rich college snobs. They are incredibly snobbish due in part that they are the douchy college kids everybody thought were assholes. Not only that but they distrust all "hillbillies" because their families were attacked by some when in their collegiate youths. One night, on the college girls falls in the water and Tucker and Dale save her. Which leads the rest of the college snobs to believe that they plan to murder her.
The rest of the movie is a big horror comedy, where the college kids try to save their friend...but they keep killing themselves trying to get to Tucker and Dale...all the while the Tucker and Dale are getting blamed for the crimes. I love how this movie plays with all the horror tropes that make the genre great. Hillbillies, dumb 20-somethings, and plenty of blood and guts. This is never the movie I thought it was going to be, and overall, I like it that way.
I have always liked Alan Tudyk as an actor, he's got range like you would not believe. And he proves in this movie that hr can be very funny. I've never seen anything with Tyler Labine before. I can honestly tell you that I knew absolutely nothing about his filmography and still don't right now. All I can tell you is that he absolutely steals the show as Dale. Dale is the heart and soul of this story. He wants to save the college girl simply because he wants to see if he can attract the opposite sex. And when things really start to get nuts, he becomes a chiseled hero, and its dazzling. The college kids are exactly that, college kids in usual horror films. This group of kids would usually annoy me during any ordinary horror film, but I can't help but think that they were absolutely perfect in the context of this movie. Very, very funny stuff.
If you like horror-comedies and how they deconstruct the genre somewhat, I would definitely give "Tucker & Dale..." a shot!