6: Tucker and Dale vs Evil (and me vs the world in trying to keep up with this)

Tucker and Dale vs Evil – Some time in 2010
Starring: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden
Written by: Morgan Jurgenson and Eli Craig
Directed by: Eli Craig

The plot: “Tucker & Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.” – IMDB

My thoughts: Hilarious. This movie is such a great example of a parody of classic horror/slasher films. B-movie horror movies typically have a cast full of attractive, young, preppy (probably rich) kids being hunted down by crazy people in the woods/any dilapidated area. TaDvE does an amazing job of taking that stereotype and turning it on its head in a comical, smart way.

I can’t not mention my extreme love for Alan Tudyk as Tucker (who will always be Wash from Firefly in my eyes) as the wiser of the two hillbillies. The lilt of his hick accent was too perfect, not overdone a la Larry the Cable Guy, but just right that you figured he probably isn’t the sharpest tool.

In the first 5 minutes, the movie pays homage to one of the most famous horror images: the memento mori. For those of you who aren’t creepily into horror movies, memento mori means “remember your mortality” or “remember you will die” and is symbolized – typically – by a man with a scythe. The image was made famous by the movie Vampyr in 1932. Dale (Tyler Labine) goes to talk to the hot college co-eds and for some unknown reason, carries a scythe with him.

Dale vs The guy in Vampyr

I could go on and on about all of the little easter eggs sprinkled throughout the movie, but I’d rather you just watch it yourself. It’s clever and pays respect to some of the greatest horror movies of all time while doing a good job of poking fun at some of the not-so-stellar horror movies around.

Stars: 4.5/5


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