My History With the Film:
I can’t remember the first time I watched Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, but I remember it was streaming on Netflix and the cast is what sold me. I loved the three leads and I knew I’d find something worth watching. Little did I know I’d be watching one of the greatest horror comedies ever made. I laughed till I cried. Almost every joke was golden and the entire premises played to everything about horror that I love. Since then I’ve seen the movie so many times it’s effectiveness has worn off some, but its always an enjoyable watch.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.
What I Liked About It:
-Tyler Labine (Dale), Alan Tudyk (Tucker), and Katrina Bowden (Allison) are three actors/actresses that I love to watch. So having all three of them in this movie was magic.
-This is one of the best horror/comedies I’ve ever seen. The comedic timing, the idea that the college kids think Tucker and Dale are evil just really works for me. It’s not a parody and it’s not just dumb to be dumb, but it’s a legit comedy with a script that shows love and respect for the genre.
-The woodchipper… need I say more.
-I love how they used the local legend and interweaved it into the story successfully.
-The gore and kills are fantastic. Every kill was unique, powerful, and memorable.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-I’ve noticed the last two times that I watched Tucker and Dale vs Evil that the movie runs just a little too long. The last fifteen minutes could use some editing.
-The film was shelved for three years before finally being released.
-Tyler Labine licked a toad in an episode of The X-Files which may be what was referred to when Dale mentions he used to lick them.
-There is a special feature on the DVD that plays the movie from the college kid’s perspective where Tucker and Dale are the villains.
I love Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and highly recommend you check it out. I put it up alongside Shaun of the Dead as one of the best horror/comedies ever made. I’ve intentionally kept this review short, because I really do not want to ruin this film for you.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a five out of five bloody knives and a must own.