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Tucker and Dale vs Evil – review

14 Apr

Movie posterI recently watched The Cabin in the Woods, and found it woefully disappointing after hearing everyone rave about it.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but I had high expectations – Joss Whedon is normally completely on the ball with my sense of humour and I like most of the actors in it.  Now, don’t get me wrong, there were some really good parts but I came away thinking “Well, that was a load of nonsense”.  I think it was just too much of a deviation from the typical ‘cabin in the woods’ horror film for my liking – it just went too far into silly territory.

That said, I partly hold Tucker and Dale vs Evil for my disappointment.  I know these two films are entirely different but I was expecting Cabin in the Woods to be a bit more like Tucker and Dale.  I’ve seen it a couple of times – I’d never heard of it before, but it came up on Netflix and the lead actor is Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse).  Watching ensued, of course, and I discovered that this is an absolute gem of a film.  It’s written and directed by Eli Craig (who’s also directed the upcoming Zombieland TV series).

Tucker and Dale are two mild-mannered hillbillies on their way to their newly acquired holiday cabin (which just happens to have been owned by some crazy killers 20 years previously).  On the way up the road they encounter the local sheriff (who tells them “Ain’t nothing up there but pain and suffering on a scale you can’t even imagine” – nice) and some college kids travelling to the same woods for some camping capers. The kids think Tucker and Dale are terrifying – which isn’t helped much by Dale’s failed attempt to chat-up the girls while holding a scythe and laughing hysterically.

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