I don’t want to overhype this movie, but I’ve gotta say, I loved the hell out of Tucker & Dale Vs Evil. It’s a hilarious reversal of the “redneck horror” genre; in this case, Tucker and Dale are a couple of kindhearted hillbillies who are mistaken by a group of camping college kids as the kind of murderous inbred psychos you’d normally find in this kind of movie. When one of the kids hits her head and nearly drowns in the lake, Tucker and Dale rescue her, but their cry of “We’ve got your friend!” is perceived as a taunt. Much bloody mayhem ensues.
I’m not a fan of “wacky misunderstanding” comedies (and in some ways this is like a splattery version of Three’s Company) but the filmmakers do an incredible job of sustaining the premise. Roger Ebert has complained about movie plots that could be resolved in ten seconds if the characters would just talk to each other, and Tucker & Dale Vs Evil addresses this with a wonderful scene where they do sit down to talk things out, though it doesn’t quite resolve matters.
There’s no genuine horror in this movie–it’s entirely played for laughs–but there’s way more heart than you’d expect from a blood-drenched comedy. It gets my highest recommendation. It’s available on video-on-demand, but it’s also getting a limited theatrical release on September 30th. If a theater anywhere near you is on the list at the below link, GO! (Don’t watch the trailer at the site, though. It gives away too many of the punchlines.)