Tucker & Dale vs Evil is director Eli Craig’s first full length feature, and it’s a horror comedy. Yep, a Horror Comedy, horror AND comedy, laughs ‘n’ barfs… doesn’t really fill you with an overwhelming desire to rush to the nearest cinema and hand over your hard earned does it.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is director
Eli Craig’s first full length feature, and it’s a horror comedy. Yep, a Horror
Comedy, horror AND comedy, laughs ‘n’ barfs… doesn’t really fill you with an
overwhelming desire to rush to the nearest cinema and hand over your hard
earned does it.
Take a look
at the track record. Lesbian Vampire Killers, Zombie Strippers, Black Sheep,
Leprechaun (all of them!) Piranha 3D (don’t, just don’t) the list is endless.
All these films have one thing in common… they’re not particularly horrific and
in most cases not particularly funny, at least not in the way the filmmakers
intended. Very few films in the genre have made the grade over the years. Evil
Dead 2? More a great horror film with comedic elements. Zombieland? Possibly.
Shaun of the Dead? Ok, I’ll give you that one, but you get my drift. Most
attempts at Horror Comedy end up like some God-awful cross between Dude, Where’s
My Car & Ghoulies 18. So imagine the surprise when after sitting down to
watch Tucker & Dale vs Evil, you find yourself laughing out loud in the
first 5 minutes.
natured country boy buddies Dale (Tyler
Labine) & Tucker (Alan
Tudyk) head off into the West Virginia backwoods to spend some quality time
drinking beer, fishing and shooting the shit in Tuckers newly acquired
doer-upper vacation cabin. On the way there, they run into a bunch of college
kids at a local gas station, who immediately assume they’re sister-humpin’,
banjo-twangin’ redneck hillbillies. Tucker encourages the shy Dale to go and
talk to one of the pretty co-eds in the group. Despite his chronic inability to
communicate with the ladies and his lower than low self esteem, he does just
that. I mean what could go wrong? Well. Everything. After approaching them
nonchalantly with a scythe over his shoulder, the group think he’s coming to
attack them and they head for the hills sharpish. After that things unravel
into a series of comic misunderstandings between the harmless hillbillies and
the paranoid college kids, one of whom is not as innocent as he seems…
The film is
very funny through the first hour or so, but then in the last reel it turns
into a more traditional ‘good guy trying to save the girl from the psycho’
scenario. There are the usual chases through dilapidated buildings, with
the bad guy taking on a Jason Vorhees type role and way too long to die. It’s
not a bad ending, you’ve just seen it before and even though this is a comedy,
it does verge on the ridiculous. That said, it’s still a very good film. Tyler
Labine puts in a great performance as the oafish but loveable Dale and Alan
Tudyk is excellent as the wise cracking Tucker, and the scenes & dialogue
they have together lift the film above the ordinary.
a sort of splatter, buddy movie with elements of high farce and laugh out loud
humour, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil does exactly what it says on the packet,
managing to be very funny, with likeable central characters, yet still
delivering on the gore front.