‘Tucker & Dale vs Evil’ DVD Review

Director: Eli Craig

Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden

Plot: A group of college kids head out to the woods for a drinking and drugs fueled camping trip. Making a stop on the way they encounter a pair of psychotic looking hillbillies.

It’s always nice when you pick up a movie that you know nothing about and enjoy the absolute shit out of it. ‘Tucker and Dale vs Evil’ isn’t a parody of horror movies, but it plays on the genre conventions in a vein similar to ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’.

Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are on brilliant form as the title roles, a pair of good natured, slightly dim hillbillies on their way out to renovate their new vacation hut. In the way they cross paths multiple times with a group of college kids out for a drink and drug fuelled camping trip. From their perspective Tucker and Dale look like every backwards, psychotic, serial killing hillbilly that appears in dozens of horror movies. Whilst the concept may sound shallow it’s played out brilliantly. Tucker cutting into a log only to find a swarm of bees leads to him charging around the cabin waving the chainsaw madly above his head just as the kids creep up the house is laugh of loud hilarious, and there are plenty of moments just like it.

Dozens of movies on the market reference horror movie conventions, whether satirical or as an examination of the genre, but none do with the sheer enjoyment and humour of it as this film. Every thing the hillbillies do to calm the situation makes them look more like lunatics and the laughs build upon themselves. The script and editing are both well paced, meaning there’s very little lull. The ending goes of on an odd tangent when the tables get turned and the focus shifts to the love interest, but it never derails the movie.

If you’re at the rental store looking for a movie that requires nothing from you but sitting down and having fun, rent Tucker and Dale vs Evil. Terrible title – awesome movie.