4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes
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“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” has everything you could want in a good slasher film: gruesome deaths, insane back stories, hot blonde babes, and big boobies. But “Tucker & Dale” is a little more than a good, conventional slasher film; it’s also a hilarious comedy of errors.

Tucker and his best friend Dale are just a couple of hillbillies trying to have fun on vacation. Staying in their newly purchased summer home – which is a creepy, deteriorating cabin in the woods – they have the weekend mapped out for drinkin’ PBRs and fishin’. Unfortunately for Tucker and Dale, they’re not the only ones in these here woods. After a series of Moliere-style misunderstandings, Tucker and Dale become the victims of a bunch of college kids set on misguided revenge.

The clear villains in the film are the frat and sorority house douche bags who are quick to judge any country bumpkin they see. They dress for camping in the style we’re used to seeing in this kind of film: tiny white tank tops, short cutoffs, and muscle shirts. Of course one of them is named “Chad” and of course all the trouble starts when they decide to go skinny-dipping. As an audience, we are immediately aligned with the hillbillies, who, despite their dirty flannel and overalls, appear to be much smarter and are certainly much nicer to each other.

Every gruesome death scene is clever and delightful (and, don’t worry, they start off with a lot of college kids to kill off!), and in a film that could have easily gotten heavy-handed, “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” remains light hearted throughout. This isn’t a nail biter. You’re more likely to say “awwww” than “AHHH!” and that’s why it works as a great horror-comedy.

Posted on April 10, 2010 in Reviews by

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One Comment on "TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL"

  1. Elias Savada on Fri, 22nd Oct 2010 9:54 am 

    This played at the DC Spooky Film Festival last night and delighted the audience (and me) with its sharp wit, playful dialogue, and all around great tone. Why doesn’t some distributor pick up this comic gem so that it enjoys the wider audience it deserves?

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