Two kind hillbillies are mistaken for psycho killers
by a group of college kids and all hell breaks loose.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
Directed by Eli Craig
Written by Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson
Starring Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger, Brandon Jay McLaren, Christie Laing,
Chelan Simmons, Travis Nelson, Adam Beauchesne
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a movie I had zero expectations of when I first saw it, but has since become one of my favorite horror comedies. I love movies that mess with tropes and subvert expectations, and the idea of two hillbillies getting attacked by a group of psycho college kids in the woods is sheer brilliance. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are perfectly cast and have excellent chemistry, and Jesse Moss plays the psychotic douchebag college kid leader really well. This is a film that everyone can enjoy, but horror fans especially are gonna love it.
Tucker (Tudyk) and Dale (Labine) are two friendly hillbillies who look sort of intimidating in the right light. They bought a cabin in the woods as a fixer-upper and are looking forward to a nice vacation. On the way up, they run into some college kids, who immediately think Tucker and Dale are evil, psychotic, backwoods murderers based on how they look. After one of the kids, Allison (Bowden), nearly dies and is rescued by Tucker and Dale, the college kids think she's been kidnapped and all hell breaks loose. The brutal gore and ridiculous deaths all make for some visceral, unforgettable imagery, as well as some hilarious gags and misunderstandings.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a wonderfully original take on the "cabin in the woods" formula. It's one of the funniest movies of the 2010's and one of the best horror films of that decade as well. Treading that line is tough sometimes, but the films that can pull it off successfully often end up being massive cult favorites and all-around fantastic movies.