Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

This movie had two requests, one from James Greening and another from my cousin, Alexis Vardoulis. I’d been wanting to watch this for a long time, so I’m excited that these requests came in for more horror comedy movies, as they’re getting me to watch some movies I wouldn’t normally get to. Actually, that’s the whole reason I do this site — to learn more about movies and share them with others. Thanks James and Alexis!

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil plays with the conventions of the slasher and redneck film to great comedic effect. It’s written and directed by Eli Craig, who started as an actor (he’s in The Rage: Carrie 2) before creating this movie.

Allison (Katrina Bowden, Cerie from TV’s 30 Rock), Chad, Chloe, Chuck, Jason, Naomi, Todd, Mitch and Mike are on their way to a camping weekend in West Virginia. While buying beer at a gas station, they meet Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk from Firefly and Tyler Labine from TV’s Reaper), two well-meaning rednecks who have just achieved a major life goal by buying a vacation home.

Tucker tries to talk to Allison, but he’s awkward and ends up frightening everyone. Obviously, they’ve already judged everyone they’re going to meet in the country. On the way to their cabin, Tucker and Dale are pulled over by the sheriff, who warns them about how dangerous the woods are.

While the college kids are in the woods, Chad tells them all about the Memorial Day Massacre, an attack by hillbillies that happened twenty years ago. Following the slasher movie conventions, the kids ho skinny dipping but instead of being killed, Allison slips and hits her head. As Tucker and Dale are fishing nearby, they see this and save her life. But to everyone else, it looks like they kidnapped her.

Everything from here on out is all about perceptions and misunderstandings. Only Allison is able to see Tucker and Dale for what they are, truly nice guys who just live somewhere different than them. Of course, these kids are morons and they end up impaling themselves on trees and getting themselves killed, which only puts more blame on our heroes.

It turns out that Chad’s mother was the lone survivor of the Memorial Day Massacre, which means that when he goes crazy, he sees killing Tucker and Dale as the perfect revenge. And because Allison earlier turned down his advances, he thinks that her being friends with the duo is a form of Stockholm Syndrome. Even worse, it turns out that all the clippings in the house and the sawmill reveal that Chad’s father — and not any hillbillies — was the actual murderer behind those killings twenty years ago. 

Will Tucker and Allison survive and go out on a date? Will Dale ever bowl again after Chad cuts off his fingers? Or will Chad kill off everyone? These questions will all be answered when you watch Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.

I really enjoyed this movie. It doesn’t take anything seriously and is more fun the more you love the movies that inspired it. There have been discussions of a sequel, which I would love to see.

You can watch it on Shudder.

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