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So again, keeping with the morbid October feeling,
I thought I’d review this relatively unknown gem.
Tucker & Dale Vs. EVIL!
When I first saw this film, it completely took me by surprise & I mean that in the best way possible. I have no idea how I came by it, even now as I really put my mind to picking out where I found it nothing comes to mind. Either way it fast tracked into my list of all purpose favourites.
4 out of 5
I loved the direction of the film, the relationships were fun. Even if at times a few of the characters had WTF moments, I laughed sincerely from beginning to end
– a hard thing to achieve.
It holds up even after multiple re-watches.
Not really a whole lot to speak of, nothing felt out of place. It seemed that most were practical.
Two words - wood chipper
The opening obligatory handheld ‘horror’ scene could have been done better, if anything I think the film would have been stronger without it. The leader of the college kids was appropriately obnoxious, he made me cringe often – but that was his purpose so I guess it doesn’t really count as a negative.
Tucker (played by Adam Tudyk, former leaf on the wind, likeable funny guy & pilot of Firefly class Serenity) & Dale (Tyler Labine – Rise of the Planet of the apes 2011, Reaper, Someone marry Barry 2014)
are heading off into the sticks for a boys weekend of DIY & drinking while they fix up Tucker’s newly purchased holiday home. An old run down cabin in the woods with walls plastered in iffy newspaper clippings and bone mobiles that might not be made from deer.
You can see where this is going don't you?
The wonderful innocence of these two friends is what drew me in from the get go. They talk the way friends are supposed to talk to & it endears the viewer to them almost immediately. Dale, of course, professes that he is no ladies man. Tucker in an attempt to help his friend out encourages him to just relax & laugh more.
During a supply stop at the local maw ‘n paws the friends see a SUV full of nubile college girls pull up to buy beer. After a little coaxing, Dale takes his friends advice. He heads over to say hi to the girls, holding a scythe & laughing maniacally. Thus starting a series of misunderstandings which continue snowball to hilarious & deadly proportions for the rest of the film.
One of these leads our heroes to rescue the very sweet Ally who Dale understandably takes more than a shine to.
(Ally played by Katrina ‘dang them daisy dukes are short girl’ Bowden)
The overall tone is fresh; it takes all the normal tropes of hill billy killer flicks turns them on their head, gives 'em a swirly and takes their lunch money. It's a great black comedy for anyone who has any sweetness in their heart for the horror genre.
What do you get if you combine a bee hive & a chainsaw?
I guess you’ll just have to watch the film to find out.