Directed By: Eli Craig
Written By: Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson
Time: 87 min
Starring: Tyler labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss
Plot: 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 for the worse.
Comments: E and I were looking for something to watch last night and we both had heard good things about the film and so decided to watch it on the ole Netflix. And I loved every bit of it. Now most of you know I am a bit of a horror fanatic and I would rather take my monsters, gore and thrills than a romantic comedy any day (that’s because I am odd...in a wonderful good way). So I know the tropes. And most of us have seen them before. You have the good looking college kids who are all about drinking, frakking, and smoking their way through a weekend in the woods. What could go wrong right? And what about those weird hillbillies laughing and smiling as you load up your suburban at the dilapidated gas station?
Except those two weird hillbillies are Tucker and Dale who just spent all their money on a vacation home in the woods. They are good guys so much so that they try to save one of the girls when she falls and hits her head during a midnight swim. Of course that isn’t exactly what her friends see and as they embark to save her, a clash between the two groups ensues. Oh and also hilarity. That ensues too.
I love Alan Tudyk (Wash of Firefly fame) and Tyler Labine (Reaper) and they are absolutely perfect as Tucker and Dale. I love that this film wasn’t too over the top when it came to the satire. Scary Movie this is not. It was just the right amount and it had me thinking about films like Wrong Turn or any other kids in the woods horror films. Maybe it was all a misunderstanding? Maybe you just had kids off of their meds just committing suicide around their vacation homes. It’s all just miscommunication.
We seriously haven’t laughed this hard, used quotes as much afterward and still got our bits of gore and horror thrills in a long time. I am still so surprised that this film didn’t make it on the big screens, because it is a hell of a lot better than a lot of films I have seen in the past few years. And I love that it played with the whole horror genre. And beyond all that it’s all about not judging a book by its cover and that is incredibly sweet and unexpected. The film is messy, its clever, it’s hilarious and absolutely worth watching.