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Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
September 30, 2011 ALEX GOLDSCHMIDT
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

In Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, best friends Tucker and Dale and a group of college co-eds get into a big misunderstanding while vacationing nearby in the woods. When one of the students gets hurt, Tucker and Dale rescue her. Unfortunately, her friends mistook them for scary murderous hicks and wage war – only killing themselves in the end.

Walking into the screening, I was very nervous. Was this going to be an awesomely bad budget film or just a bad budget film? I am here to report that Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil was not a bad movie. It was not a great movie, but there are funny parts to take away. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Lamine are hilarious as the lovably stupid Tucker and Dale. Both play up their usual schtick that they’ve perfected in various supporting roles. Meanwhile, in the mostly-unknown cast, Katrina Bowden stands out – if only because everyone else is so completely unfamous. Throughout the movie, I found myself constantly going, “Oh isn’t that the guy from?” and “Oh she did that thing in that movie that ummm …”

Overall, I laughed a handful of times. I screamed once. I wasn’t mad at it. If you like horror comedies, I doubt you’ll leave upset. I’d probably rent it at home and get drunk as opposed to going to the theater to see it. Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil opens today (9/30) in theaters and is available on VOD!

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil has been a hit on the festival circuit, debuting at Sundance, and winning the Midnight Audience Award at SXSW, the Jury Prize for First Feature at Fantasia, the Best Director award at Fantaspoa, and the Best Motion Picture Award at Sitges.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil