Sunday, 30 October 2011

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (Eli Craig, 2010) Review

 Surprisingly enjoyable silly horror comedy with nods to classics like Evil Dead and Texas Chain Saw Massacre.  When college kids meet hillbillies in the woods, chaos ensues.

But these college kids aren't your average bunch of slasher fodder.  And these hillbillies aren't trying to rape or kill anybody.

In fact Tucker and Dale are the nicest characters on offer and all genre cliches are flipped, reversed and mocked in this gory but funny film.

Sexist but sweet, the film clocks in at under an hour and a half but still manages to slightly outstay its welcome come the inevitable final showdown. 

Alan Tudyk is reliable as ever, but the real star is Tyler Labine as Dale.  The teens are adequate, but the actresses and female characters are severely short changed, with the exception of Katrina Bowden as Allison who at least gets some good scenes before being relegated to damsel in distress status.

Nevertheless it's fun and quite clever and does something original with the tired hillbilly, cabin in the woods, teen slasher sub-genres.