‘TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL’ – Scooby Doo Mysteries Goodness

I saw TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL last year at some film festival and I have to admit my memory is sort of cloudy, but I can tell you this movie is fun! The premise alone offers a completely different take on the horror road trip through a small town film.

Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine in TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL, a Magnet Release. Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two well-meaning hillbillies who have just bought the vacation home of their dreams: a run-down, lakefront cabin in the middle of the woods. Only, their peace is disrupted when a group of rowdy college students choose their area of the forest to go camping. When one of the girls falls into the lake (as a result of Tucker and Dale having startled her), they bring her back to their cabin to bandage her up. The catch: when they tell her friends they have her, the teens think they had kidnapped her. A chain of misunderstandings ensues, consisting of the teenagers accidentally killing themselves while trying to “save” their friend from the unsuspecting (and truly baffled) Tucker and Dale.

The basic elements mentioned above of course set TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL up to be utterly comical. The reason this film plays so well is solely because of the two characters Tucker and Dale played almost flawlessly (according to me) by Tudyk and Labine. These two actors managed to make me really like them even though the characters are dimwitted fellas who are dressed for an audition for Deliverance: The Musical. Like I said before it has a Scooby Doo mystery vibe to it, especially the ending. At least that’s how I felt when I was watching. I kept waiting on Shaggy to show up. I think it was the look of the cast of the college kids. One girl was dressed in head to toe pink – to go camping. Side-eye. Seriously, don’t you love how the “campers” in film never look like campers? These people look about as comfortable camping as I would. I once thought my grandmother was punishing me when she sent me to Girl Scout Camp, who goes to the woods on purpose, what up with that?

There were some funny gags and (beat dead horse with stick) played completely with a straight sincere face by the actors. Just to keep it all horror like, there are some really good kills and a “twist” ending in the film. Again, I saw this too long ago to truly regale you with wit and information about the film. But, I can say See It! Actually, I’m going to go back myself and See It!

TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL hits theaters in limited Friday and is currently On-Demand. Visit TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL for theaters and date.
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