Thursday, October 6, 2011

Evil Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Director: Eli Craig

Writers: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
2010 | United States/Canada | R | 89 mins

Sitting in distribution limbo for nearly two years, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, aside from its run on the festival circuit, is finally seeing the light of day. And what took so long and why those studio executives couldn't figure out what to do is something of a mystery. The premise was pitch perfect, the idea quite original and refreshing for the horror-comedy genre, and the internet was abuzz with praise and demand for the film, so what were they afraid of?

Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two hillbillies who set out to fix up their new vacation home, do some fishing, and just relax. Having this new humble abode is a dream come true. But when a group of college kids mistake them for kidnapping their friend (Katrina Bowden) when she was really rescued, the two find themselves knee-deep in blood and their vacation becomes a nightmare. The kids are dropping dead in various accidents and they think it's the work of the hillbillies, whereas Tucker and Dale think they are all performing some "suicide cult" ritual. Evil is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are perfectly cast as the two wrongfully accused hillbillies. Bringing both warmth and expert comic timing, Tyler Labine as Dale steals the show. Eli Craig and co-writer Morgan Jurgenson know how to balance the slapstick of the situation without it becoming cliche, hokey, or overly violent. While the red-band trailer for the film gives away most of the deaths, the film is never spoiled or let's the audience down via their expectations, it delivers exactly what it promises: a bloody blast with more than a few belly laughs.

The question remains a mystery as to exactly why this took so long to be officially released but now, finally, audiences can experience this fun spin on the traditional slasher ideals. Part Abbot and Costello, part Friday the 13th and part buddy movie, Tucker and Dale Vs Evil is a bloody good time that continues to entertain on a relatively simple premise and delivers genuine laughs along with a good helping of gore. A real treat that's sure to become a cult classic in the years to come. 

All contents copyright 2011 Tyler Baptist

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