Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

Last weekend I got hold of a screener for a movie that I've been dying to see since I heard about it. The movie is Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. In it, Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine play the title characters, hillbillies who are on their way to their summer home in the mountains where they hope to fix it up, relax, drink some beers and do some fishing. Unfortunately for them, they run into some college students who are on vacation in the same area and think that the hapless duo are crazy murderers. Hijinx ensue and kids start dying and Tucker and Dale are trying to stop this case of mistaken identity before they get killed themselves.

It was worth the wait for it and I can't wait until it gets a formal release. The cast is really solid, with great chemistry between Tudyk and Labine as they are thrown into a whirlwind of madness and kids dying. All they want to do is be left alone and drink some beers, but because of social perceptions, everyone thinks that they're the bad guys. The deaths are really creative and it's fun that for each of them, it really does look like they might be responsible, but since we're seeing it from both sides at once, we know that they're mostly innocent of all malice, save for a little bit of peeping.

The film is a great deconstruction of the slasher genre, particularly Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, with their remote locations and characters. There's more than a few nods to each, and Tudyk even gets to do the chainsaw dance after he saws into a bees nest, which indirectly results in one of the more fun kills in the movie. It makes sense too, as in any of those movies, they probably would be responsible for all of the carnage. Here, they're just along for the ride in a film that does for slashers as Shaun of the Dead did for zombie movies. It's smart, gory, funny and truly entertaining. Indeed, it moves at such a fast clip that when the film is over, you're left begging for more.

I can only hope that the film does well in full release so we can get some sequels with the characters, as I would love to see more of Tucker and Dale as they fight some more evil.

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