3 1/2 Stars
This is one of the funnest gory movies I’ve seen in a long time. The accidental deaths are reminiscent of Final Destination, but it’s the reactions from Tyler Labine (Dale) and Alan Tudyk (Tucker) that bring out the chuckles. Katrina Bowden is sweet and lovable as always. She oddly pairs well with Labine in this. Although this movie is all about opposites and turning stereotypes on their ears. Here we get the opposing view of some constant horror staples, such as the group of teens stopping at a gas station and being approached by some scary hicks. Tucker and Dale vs Evil puts the camera on the other end, giving the audience a sneak peek at what it’s like to be a local resident rather than the visiting city dweller in a horror flick.
Eli Craig’s direction is spot on. The film is never truly terrifying though, which normally would be a bad thing, but here Craig has found the perfect balance between humor and horror. The casting of Labine and Tudyk doesn’t hurt either. The two are experts in their fields, which is probably why they’re everywhere. Craig very obviously knows the reactions from these two will make the film, and the actors give as much as Craig asks for. This is the type of script and director I’m sure actors clamor for.
Gorehounds will revel in the bloody kills and horror lovers will feel like this tongue-in-cheek slasher flick was crafted just for them. While more hokey than the Scream series, Tucker and Dale vs Evil is just as smart, and a horror film I’d recommend to anyone that appreciates the genre.
Director: Eli Craig
Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden