Plot: This comedy horror film stars two naive, well-meaning hillbillies (the titular Tucker and Dale) have recently bought a dilapidated murder-cabin in the woods (their “Summer House”) as they come across a stock group of teens, who are convinced they’re serial killers.
Cast: Directed by Eli Craig, featuring Alan Tudyk (Dutch in Transformers 3, Debbie in Life & Times of Tim); Tyler Labine (Robert in Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and their ‘captive’ Allison (Katrina Bowden; Cerie in 30 Rock). I’m quite pleased to say they all play their parts well and are easily likeable.
Thoughts on the film:
• This is an interesting take on the well-worn horror staple (American teens get stranded in farmland and get murdered by local psychopaths), and it’s able to hold it’s charm throughout the film. However, almost all of the best jokes and lines (as well as most of the deaths) were shown in the trailer, so it’s worth will vary upon yourself.
• It’s refreshing to see a horror that’s intentionally funny and not due to a small budget or poor writing/acting, this is a well-made horror comedy, with a splash of romance. Don’t let that last part put you off though.
• It’s shot nicely, much like campside-horror, it film has been washed out. It looks pretty though, despite the overriding colour being brown. Tons of brown, with a bit of grey.
• There’s no nudity, and the gore is portrayed in a comic sense.
• The plot progresses nicely and makes sense. It’s nothing revolutionary but it always managed to be upbeat with some fun dialogue.
• The song when the credits roll is some God-awful tweener-rock song. Boo! It felt quite out of place as well. I’m sure it cleared the cinema very quickly. After that, there’s a much more fitting country song.
Overall, don’t watch the trailer, just watch this film now! Very enjoyable, easy-going horror comedy. This genre’s staple is turned on it’s head, quite successfully. Definitely recommended.