Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tucker & Dale Vs Evil (2010)

Director: Eli Craig
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger, Brandon McLaren, Christie Laing, Chelan Simmons, Travis Nelson, Alex Arsenault, Adam Beauchesne, Joseph Sutherland

As they all start, a group of college kids head out camping in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. At the gas station, the group encounter Tucker (Tudyk) and Dale (Labine), two loveable hillbillies who've just bought a run-down cabin in the woods. That night, as Chad (Moss) tells the story of the 'Memorial Day Massacre' which left only one survivor, the group decide to go skinny-dipping in a nearby lake where Allison (Bowden) stumbles and knocks herself unconscious. Dale and Tucker save her, however the young group soon believe the pair are the same psychopaths from the story.

It seems complicated, though what comedic storyline isn't, and may not look like much, but trust me. When all the elements are in play, no matter what and no matter who is involved, it all gels and this here is a perfect example. Needless to say, most of the credit should go to lead actors Labine and Tudyk, both of whom have had years of supporting and character experience and come off with equal amounts of sincerity and humour.

Kudos to Bowden as she certainly holds her own in a strong female performance. Horror film fanatics will know Simmons was the young girl kidnapped by Pennywise the Clown in the Stephen King-adapted miniseries It. Craig has got a great vision and it's a pity he hasn't down anything of note either before or since the release of the film. There's a lot of ambition about this project and it shows, everyones having a blast and we can join in on the fun.


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