Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) Movie Review

Director: Eli Craig
Cast: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden
Year: 2010
Rated: R
Running time: 89 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%

“Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.”
(IMDB)

Imagine this: A group of college kids head to an abandoned forest to go camping. On the way they see two hillbillies who seem to have not-so-good intentions towards them. While skinny dipping, they witness their friend getting kidnapped by the two rednecks.

What happens next? You probably know.

Seems a bit familiar, eh? Just like a typical horror movie featuring killer hillbillies, a la Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Straw Dogs?
Yes?

In your face! No. It’s not what you think.
There’s a twist: The two rednecks are really innocent guys who just plan to have their vacation in a ramshackle cabin in the middle of the woods.

I have to say, I had no intention of watching this film in the first place. As a horror junkie, I watched the trailers and saw the posters. They didn’t interest me, tbh. I mean, the title itself made me doubt watching it. I honestly thought the “Evil” was referring to live decaying bodies slash zombies, not college kids.

Home alone, I was bored one day and decided to watch TV. Scrolling through the channels, this film just started airing. I begin to watch. Not really expecting anything fun.

I stand corrected. It turned out to be one of my favorite films of all-time. I should be less judgmental next time.

Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two hillbilly friends who recently purchased a cabin in the woods. In the gas station, they encounter a group of 20-something students. Following Tucker’s advice, Dale, being all shy and nervous, falls flat at trying to flirt with Allison (Katrina Bowden), one member of the group. This led to the group getting creeped out by the guys instead.

Later, Tucker and Dale go fishing and witness Allison hit her head on a rock and fall in the water. They, being the kind-hearted dudes they are, rescue Allison and carry her onto their boat. Allison’s friends see this and freak out, thinking these rednecks were kidnapping her. Led by Chad (Jesse Moss), the (freaky) “leader” of the group, they set out to get Allison back. Things turn out for the worst.
Ridiculously hilarious mayhem ensues as the body count rises.

It’s not what it looks like officer. The dude ran into the wood chipper. Srsly man, srsly.

Directorial debut by Eli Craig, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a brilliant satire of the “killer hillbilly” genre. The film doesn’t take itself seriously, which is what makes it so likable. It’s just one huge misunderstanding all throughout. You might be surprised at how well these misunderstandings work together.

You’ll love Tucker and Dale as soon as they premiere on-screen. They have such good chemistry that you’ll get jealous of their bromance (Makes me ship them more than I ship Dale and Allison). I read a review about this film saying it would’ve been better if less-recognizable faces were casted. This is one reason why I’m thankful for being ignorant, haha. The casting was perfect for me, since I didn’t know Alan Tudyk from Firefly and Tyler Labine from Reaper. So yay! I thought their roles as sweet hillbillies were convincing.
The college kids were stereotypical. They don’t really do anything else except act dumb and die hilariously (which was intentional); except for Chad and Allison. Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3) as Chad was so menacing I love to hate him. Yes, he was my least favorite character (But that’s the whole point.) Katrina Bowden plays Allison, who is not the spoiled dumb blonde we all expect her to be. She’s really taking up Psychology and grew up on a farm (So suck on that!). She’s really clumsy though, hitting her head on every surface possible.

Let’s take a moment to applaud Katrina Bowden’s character for going against horror movie clichés and not wearing ridiculously short shorts.

In terms of gore, it’s consistent and entertaining (I sound like a sadist). The wood chipper part’s my favorite.

I could watch this over and over again and still won’t feel sorry for the guy.

This film also has heart, not pure gore and fun. It manages to balance all these elements, making this movie easily recommendable. I think it has the potential to have a cult following.

HORROR ELEMENT METER:
Sex
No sex. (YAY!) There’s kissing though, and pecking (or something, omg sorry for not knowing these types of terms) and.. licking? Yes.

Nudity
Brief nudity, meaning underwear/bikinis. And tops which show off the stomach or something (Does that count?) I watched the “audience-friendly” movie version so I’m not really sure of what parts they edited out of the film. Bummer.

Gore
There’s blood, I can tell you that. Not too much, not too little. Just right. Death scenes include getting stuck in a wood chipper (*giggle*), impaling of thyself, piece of wood to thy face, fire, etc. There’s also cutting of fingers and… something with beehives. Oh, and chamomile tea. Don’t let this intimidate you, all of them happen hilariously. Instead of being sorry for them, you’ll be laughing your ass off.
Language:
As a horror film, you’d expect curse words. Not excessive, sometimes subliminally hidden (LOL WHAT HOW DO YOU HIDE CURSE WORDS)

Rating: 4.5 stars

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