Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, the feature directorial debut from writer/director Eli Craig is a well crafted horror comedy made by a true fan of the genre. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil isn’t a parody, it’s a well blended genre mash-up in the same vein as Zombieland. Like Zombieland, this film is just as witty and funny as it is gory and heartwarming.

Tucker and Dale are two well meaning rednecks who just want to fix up their new “summer cottage” out in the woods, drink beers, and go fishing. Enter the stereotypical group of college kids, complete with the frat boys and scantily clad blondes. This group of college kids is camping in the woods, drinking, smoking weed, and telling stories about the “memorial day massacre” – where a group of college kids just like themselves were murdered by rednecks 20 years ago in these same woods. After a series of unfortunate events and mistaken identities, hilarity ensues and the body count rises as the college kids think Tucker and Dale are hillbilly killers and Tucker and Dale view the college kids as just plain crazy.

What’s so great about this film is not only how it’s filled with tried and true genre conventions that it flips on their heads at every turn, but how it deals with stereotypes. At first glance, Tucker and Dale appear to be evil, dumb rednecks. Dressed in overalls and plaid shirts, wearing trucker hats, unshaved and looking like they haven’t showered in days. Except Tucker is an intelligent, well-spoken charmer who can win anybody over and Dale is nothing but a well-meaning, shy guy with an affinity for board and trivia games.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is an old school horror fans dream come true. Not only is it clearly made by a fan, but it bolsters some fantastic practical gore effects and great make-up, straight out of the 80’s, but living up to today’s standards in quality. On top of that, the film features plenty of nods to everyone’s favorite horror flicks of old – from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, to Evil Dead II, and the Friday the 13th series.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a funny, witty film for fans of any genre – not just horror. Eli Craig has made a unique, extremely entertaining film that is easily one of the best American horror films of the last 5 years and just an all around fun ride.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil will play in the CinemaSalem screening room from November 4th – November 10th, at the following times:

Fri: (4:40), 7:40, 9:50
Sat: (12:15), (2:20), 7:40, 9:50
Sun: (12:15), (2:20), (4:50), 7:40
Mon – Wed: (4:50), 7:40
Thu: (4:50 PM)