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Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Eli Craig (2009)

84min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are the instantly likeable stars of this short, shaggy but often very funny marriage of buddy comedy and horror spoof. Good-hearted backwoodsmen Tucker (Tudyk) and Dale (Labine) head to their new cabin in the forest, a ramshackle hut eerily reminiscent of the one in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead, which the eternally optimistic Dale describes as a "fixer-upper". But after they attempt to save a young college girl from drowning, the duo are mistaken for murderous rural lunatics à la Deliverance, and in a neat reversal of the slasher status quo, the preppy college kids spend most of the movie trying to kill the hapless hillbillies. It's a silly idea that runs a little short of steam about ten minutes before the end, but the central pair are so appealing and the nods to the "slaughter in the woods" genre so well judged that it can be forgiven its very occasional comic longueurs. It's certainly a welcome alternative to the gross-out cynicism that has dominated Hollywood comedy for far too long and is a rare instance of movie where a sequel would be genuinely welcome.

Summary

Two laidback hillbillies come to the aid of a student in distress. Her friends becomes convinced they are murderous lunatics and plan to save her from their harmless clutches, while the backwoods pair's efforts to plead innocence only result in a series of grisly accidents and a growing pile of bodies. Comedy horror, starring Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk and Katrina Bowden.

Cast & Crew

Dale Tyler Labine
Tucker Alan Tudyk
Allison Katrina Bowden
Chad Jesse Moss
Sheriff Philip Granger
Jason Brandon Jay McLaren
Naomi Christie Laing
Chloe Chelan Simmons
Director Eli Craig
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Vertigo Films Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 23 Sep 2011

Comedy Drama

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