We rewind to 2010 to revisit one of the most memorable horror comedies of the post-2000 era, “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”.
This week, it’s Donny’s choice. He picked “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” (2010)! Join the Spookshow gang as they talk about this modern cult favorite Horror/Comedy.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is a 2010 black comedy horror film directed by Eli Craig and written by Craig and Morgan Jurgenson. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk play a pair of well-meaning hillbillies who are mistaken for killers by a group of clueless college students.
The movie begins with a reporter and cameraman being murdered before the movie goes back in time, where we meet a group of obnoxious college kids on a camping trip in West Virginia. While at a gas station, they encounter Tucker and Dale, two well-meaning hillbillies who have just bought the vacation home of their dreams: a run-down lakefront cabin deep in the woods.
When the lovable but shy and awkward Dale tries to talk to the beautiful Allison (Katrina Bowden), he accidentally scares her and her friends. As Tucker and Dale arrive at their cabin to begin making repairs, the group’s douchebag alpha, Chad (Jesse Moss), tells the others about the “Memorial Day Massacre” that occurred 20 years ago.
Of course, the story features hillbilly murderers, priming the group to be on high alert when a series of unfortunate events makes it look like Tucker and Dale are stalking and murdering the hapless co-eds.
The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and received a limited release in the United States, but word-of-mouth and great critical buzz quickly turned this indie horror comedy into a modern cult classic.
TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL is the eature debut from a director who clearly knows and loves horror films, as he cleverly celebrates and subverts familiar tropes and genre conventions. Let’s discuss!
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Since 2018, the All-American Spookshow team has reviewed Horror films, Cult classics, and Action flicks, plus, of course, total crap, so you don’t have to — but we encourage you to nonetheless. Every 2 weeks, the gang reviews a Horror movie with spoilers, alternating between older films (1999-back) & newer films (2000-present). Every other week, they alternate between a few different series, Spookshow Spotlight, Cult Corner, and Cannon Fodder.