Tucker and Dale vs Evil
~I had a couple of posts ready, but never did anything this weekend/past two days due to me essentially watching The WEather Channel for the past 24+ hours instead. That was more fascinating than most movies.~
I’m not a huge fan of horror movies. There are those that I have watched and enjoyed, but more that I haven’t. As I mentioned last week, I have a soft spot for zombie films. I’ve been meaning to get around to watching Tucker and Dale vs Evil though, primarily because Alan Tudyk is in it and he is pretty much amazing 1
Tucker and Dale vs Evil is blatantly a spoof on most horror films. Think of it as something like Scary Movie or Scream. A group of college kids go into the woods where some college kids had been murdered years ago during the same weekend holiday. Insert two rednecks (Tucker and Dale) who are attempting to fix up Tucker’s (Alan Tudyk) new summer cabin, which apparently was previously owned by a psychopath. The movie plays on both groups stereotypes of each other. The college kids thing the rednecks are creepy and thus homicidal killers, and the rednecks think the uppity college kids are involved in some bizarre new age shit where they have formed a suicide pact. Shenanigans ensue.
The movie dos a great job of playing with both stereotypes and Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine do a great job as Tucker and Dale. The college kids have it fairly easy. Fans of 30 Rock may recognize Katrina Bowden here as the main female actress and love interest of a couple of characters (and audience members).
The movie is incredibly funny, and yes there is some gore. I don’t want to compare this to Shaun of the Dead, because I think there were different approaches to the making of each film, but comparisons will be drawn to them. Tucker and Dale is much lighter and probably resembles something more like Zombieland. It’s different and it’s great if you like good comedies that make fun of horror movies and have the added bonus of doing a good job at addressing some social commentary.