Let’s go over our college camping weekend excursion checklist. Expensive SUV your parents paid for? Check. Weed? Check. Campsite at the location of a brutal murder years ago? Check. Sorority girls and frat guys ready for the best weekend of their lives? Check. Cooler full of beer? Shit- pull over at the general store real quick. Wait, who are those creepy rednecks eyeing these out-of-towners not wearing flannel or overalls? Just ignore them because they can’t be sadistic murderers that get off on killing college kids right? Guys, right?
Those hicks facing the eyes of discriminating kids are Tucker and Dale, just two guys heading to Tucker’s West Virginia fixer-up vacation shack for some fishing and PBRs. Not serial killers, not even hunters. Dale doesn’t even like the idea of killing the fish they catch. It just gets worse when Tucker and Dale save one of the girls and bring her to the cabin for rest. The pack of preppies come to the conclusion that Allison has just been scooped up by two psycho killers. And that’s when the fun of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil starts.
Intent on rescuing the beautiful Allison, the misunderstanding start piling up… and so do the bodies.
The deaths in the movie only get funnier when Tucker and Dale don’t understand why these random deaths are happening, assuming maybe it’s a giant suicide pact. I won’t spoil much, but I love Tucker’s confusion at one kid who ran to his untimely end into a woodchipper.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil has been sitting in my Netflix Instant queue for a couple weeks and as I saw more people tweeting about it, I clicked Play and enjoyed it from start to finish. Part of me thought it seemed to long, but that’s also the side of me that likes 43 minute TV episodes. I think what kept me hooked were the performances of the two leads: Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory, Dodgeball), Tayler Labine (Reaper, but in my heart forever for Breaker High with Ryan Gosling). Labine brings this great innocence and sweetness to what could be played as a cliche hick role and Tudyk is awesome in everything.
While I’ve watched a lot of horror movies that I laugh at, this intentional horror comedy is definitely worthy of being added to your queue and watched in full.