You know in loads of horror films when a group of college kids stop by a creepy gas station or grocery store filled with sinister local hillbillies who end up trying to cut them into little pieces? Well how about hearing the hillbillies’ side of things?
Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two harmless back of beyond rednecks who are thrilled at getting their own summer home in the woods (yep, a wood cabin), but when a group of hapless students confuse them for crazed killers, their summer retreat turns into a nightmare.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is another one of those films that pokes fun at a genre, and whilst they are becoming ten-a-penny now, this still manages to feel original and entertaining. It asks whether what you’re seeing in all those usual horror films really happened or if it’s just one side of the story. Tucker and Dale are harmless and all the deaths that occur are due to the victim’s stupidity rather than anything else; could that be said for quite a few other films?
As you’d expect there are plenty of nods to other horror films, whether it be the cabin from Evil Dead or Tucker doing his best Leatherface impression, which all help add to the enjoyment. There are some pacing issues and a lack of genuine scares or terror, but Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a fine edition to the ever growing meta horror genre.
Words: Chris Thomson