starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden
By far the sweetest slasher film I've ever laid eyes upon. Tucker and Dale vs EVIL has a lot going from charming leads and crazy characters to hilarious deaths and one awesome killer "college kid".
Opening with a handheld camcorder POV, a news crew ventures upon an abandoned barn ala amateur snooping only for the anchor and cameraman getting killed by who appears to be a mad man with a serious burn.
|Our heroic Bumpkins!|
That night, the teens shares the typical campfire tale of killer hillbillies and a group of partying teens like them getting massacred, as just so happens Tuck and Dale were fishing nearby. When one of the teens, the lovely Allison (Katrina Bowden) decided to swim, slips and nearly drowned, Dale rushes in to save her and took her to their cabin to help, a gesture Allison came to like and quickly befriend the two bumpkins in gratitude.
For so many years, we'd been bombarded by tons of Hillbilly horrors, from the mainstream cinematics of Deliverance, to unknown names like Southern Comfort, to the basic slasher killer trope ala Madman and even the latter Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels (part 3 and 4 seems to befit this a lot); what T&DvsEvil did was a good eye on social commentary, turning tables at the usual stereotypes and gave us a dirty Hillbilly to love and a set of teens to fear, all of this wrapped in a genuine Romantic Comedy take in vein of Shaun of The Dead.
|At last, the perfect slasher-smile!|
Another factor that got me liking was the kills; You could say that it's a slasher-less slasher thanks to the copious amount of "accidental" kills, such as tripping into pikes, running through an uprooted tree and the messiest, a woodchipper "jumping" but thanks to the comical nature of these kills, as in watching the two hillbillies react in disgust and horror as they're seeing this, is laugh material for me. That and "Burn Face" Chad putting a nice chainsaw fight with the "intimidating" Dale.
But what I really like about the film the most was it's warm and very campy in nature. It's gruesome in terms of splatstick material deaths, but the overall effectiveness of the film was more on romantic comedy than horror. There's more care than hate, more kindness than meanness, even the teen's attack on the Tucker and Dale was more on saving their bud from, what they thought, evil people. From this, you can tell this is a feel-good film, which may or may not be such a bad thing, which leads us to my next point.
|One long LONG day for everyone.|
It's a weird choice to suggest for a Valentine movie, but yeah, if you got a good gal or guy with a morbid or at least a good sense of humor, try cackling at this gem. Tucker and Dale VS Evil is bound to cause some winces, tickle some funny bones, and melt a few hearts.
1 female head jabbed with pipe
1 male head beaten with pipe
1 male buzzsaw thrown to his face (story)
1 female machete to the neck (story)
1 male and 2 females killed (story)
1 male accidentally ran through a tree root, impaled
1 male trips and accidentally impaled himself on a javelin
1 male accidentally jumps into woodchipper
1 male nailed board hits his head by accident
1 male accidentally shot himself in the face (see where this is going?)
1 male thrown into incinerator, burned to death (story)
1 male accidentally set ablaze
1 female face shredded on tree-trimming saw by accident, immolated in TNT explosion
1 female immolated in TNT explosion
(In case yer wondering why I sometimes spell "evil" as "evol"? Cuz it's a play on the word "love"...cheesy, but for Bloody Valentine week, I'm super cheesy!)