Sunday, 4 May 2014

Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil 
IMDB rate: 7,6
Genre: Slasher, Comedic

I've seen this movie a thousand times already, but I never started writing about it. I don't exactly know why, since this movie definitely deserves it's review. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil seems predictable at first (think Cabin in the Woods), but turns out completely different from what what you'll expect. I think Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is a brilliant movie, even when you dislike horror movies. It's really awesome.

Two lovable West Virginian hillbillies, are headed to their "fixer-upper" vacation cabin to drink some beer, do some fishin', and have a good time. But when they run into a group of preppy college kids who assume from their looks that they must be in-bred, chainsaw wielding killers, Tucker & Dale's vacation takes a bloody & hilarious turn from the worse.

When the movie starts we get to see the biggest horror cliche ever, a group of teens going camping while being incredibly irresponsible. They'll run into a few hillbillies (Tucker and Dale), and of course they start on the wrong foot. When you see this scene you will be annoyed and I can guarantee you that you'll think: 'not again.....', but luckily when this scene finishes we'll see the real story of this movie. Tucker & Dale's side. It's brilliant to see the incredibly overdone acting of the teenagers, the cliche was terrible as usual, so I guess that the 'overdoing' was being done right.

Now what's different about this movie? First of all, we don't follow the pretty, but shallow students. Instead of that we follow the hillbillies, they are being seen as 'gross' and 'dumb' by the students, but really they are two adorable best friends. It's incredibly cute so see how happy they are about their vacation home. Also, they are not the killing, or rude, hillbilly kind as you might've seen in the normal horror movies. They are just doing their thing, and wind up in the wrong situation. Basically, this movie is the biggest misunderstanding ever, which leads to brutal murders and also hilarious moments. 

The acting of is pretty good. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale) are both great castings for their roles. They look like regular hillbillies, they talk like hillbillies and they act like hillbillies. The unexpected part where it appears that they are lovable instead of rude comes even more as a surprise because they look so incredible in the beginning. I was especially impressed by Tyler Labine, the incredibly sweet and innocent Dale who fell in love with the pretty student Allison. His acting is the best and most impressive. Great casting for these two.

Now for the student roles, they really are a random bunch. There isn't paid a whole lot of attention to most of them, nor was that necessary. The 'main students' are Allison, the pretty student which is pretty much the cause of everything shitty that happens and there's Jesse, a psycho dude who really saw too many horror movies. 
What's funny about this is that in every horror movie, the people act like they've never seen a horror movie and have no clue what to do, while in this movie it's as if they've watched too many horror movies and exaggerate everything that happens. Which leads to the hysterical blood-filled situations.

There are also a few nice references to other horror movies in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the chainsaw scene), Army of Darkness (half face burned off) and The Blair Witch Project (the first scene).

I think Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is an amazing comedic horror movie, the first time I saw it I was really surprised by it because it was totally different from what I expected. It's very funny and also very bloody, I really recommend watching it for those who haven't seen it yet. I don't recommend watching the trailer though, since the funniest moments are already in that, they are more awesome to see in the movie.

My personal rate: 8,5/10

1 comment:

  1. Love how it's a very meta film, but not making it too obvious that it's making fun of itself. Love how the evil redneck horror collection is flipped on it's head in this movie.


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