If you’ve seen one horror movie set in the woods then you’ve seen them all. Part of the reason I’m not a big fan of the horror genre unless it has a comedic flair to it. (See Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness if you need examples) What this film excels at is not being a horror spoof film but instead being a horror film that’s flipped upside down and turned around while not taking itself too serious.
Tucker, played by notable comedic and sci-fi actor Alan Tudyk and his brother Dale, played by TV star Tyler Labine, are two good ole country boys that have decided to go fix up Tucker’s new purchase, a creepy broken down cabin in the woods. At the same time a group of college kids are on a camping trip a short ways away from the cabin.
The two groups first interact when they have an awkward meeting at a gas station after Dale decides to talk to one of the college students while holding a scythe. As you can imagine it doesn’t go over too well.
The first act heats up when the students are swimming that night when Allison, played by “30 Rock” actress Katrina Bowden, slips and hits her head on a rock, almost drowning until Dale jumps out of his fishing boat and in the lake to rescue her. Not knowing where her friends have gone, the brothers take her back to their cabin and take care of her until the morning.
The college students thinking their friend has just been kidnapped, decide to do a recon mission at the cabin, where they overhear an out of context conversation between Tucker and Dale that sounds like the two have been torturing and have plans to murder her.
One misunderstanding turns into a much more serious offense when one of the students gets killed after impaling himself on an overturned branch after thinking he’s being chased by Tucker, who is himself being chased by a swarm of angry bees while carrying a chainsaw. You can see where I’m going with this.
Things escalate more and more as each student accidentally offs themselves in a number of ways, while the backwoods brothers are none the wiser and assume the kids are all part of a murder/suicide pact.
“Tucker and Dale vs Evil” comes in at a whopping 89 minutes. That’s not even your standard hour and a half, people. So do yourself a favor and go buy this or watch it streaming on Netflix. I can say that it’s unlike any other movie you’ve seen this year.