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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day 105: Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
I look forward to Tucker & Dale vs. Mitt Romney

(Blogger's note: I'm on the road again this weekend. Ms. Meghan has been kind enough to fill in for me with a review. I have watched this movie and enjoyed it just as much. I'll be back tomorrow with a new review.)

Hello friends it is I, Ms. Meghan with another film review for you, and this time it's Tucker and Dale vs. Evil! While the last movie I reviewed wasn't even a horror movie, Tucker and Dale definitely fits the bill, managing to have horror, plenty of gore, and a fantastically self-aware sense of humor. 

Oh god, Snooki naked!

The story follows a group of college kids who are taking a trip out to the woods to drink, get naked, and other shenanigans. Along the way they run into Tucker (the always charming Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), a couple of rednecks who are going to their newly acquired fishing cabin to start fixing it up and making it pretty. About 20 years before this, a gruesome series of murders occurs in these very woods and it is these murders that get group leader Chad (Jesse Moss) worked up and convincing the rest of the group that Tucker and Dale are murderous rednecks out to kill them all. Really, his name is Chad, he thinks he is the center of the universe and has the popped collar to prove it.

 Listen to me when I tell you "Atlas Shrugged" will change your life!

So Chad, being the classist freak that he is turns everyone in the group against T & D and leads them on a mission to rescue Allison (Katrina Bowden) after she mysteriously disappears. Except it turns out this is all one big misunderstanding about T & D, as Tucker rescued Allison from an untimely death by drowning, and was now nursing her back to health in his cabin. While there is a big misunderstanding about T & D, this is still a horror film. There are still some incredibly good, gory deaths, and there is definitely a murderous sociopath running around. The death scenes are unexpected but very well executed, with a good use of both effects and comedic timing to make them both convincing and completely hilarious.

Look at those shoes!

This film is pretty low on the "horror" scale though; it has some tense moments and there is a murderous sociopath, but it's definitely a comedy with some horror like "Shaun of the Dead". The film is worth watching as a meta-commentary on the horror genre as a whole, as it is self aware without being ridiculous about it, unlike the entire Scream franchise. The great thing about this is that if you have Netflix streaming, you could (and should) watch this movie right now. It's funny, gory, a tiny bit scary and just a really well done movie, and it is well worth taking the time to watch.


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