- Running time:
- 89 minutes
- Tyler Labine -
- Alan Tudyk -
- Katrina Bowden -
- Jesse Moss -
- Philip Granger -
["Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The following is an excerpt from Metromix's coverage of the festival.]
Horror conventions fuel a comedy of misunderstandings in the thin but good-natured genre mash-up “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.”
The film follows a group of college kids (including Katrina Bowden of “30 Rock”) driving through the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia where they cross paths with Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), two sweet-natured hillbillies the kids mistake for bloodthirsty maniacs. It doesn’t help the hillbillies’ case when people start dying (in incredibly gory ways, natch). Tudyk and Labine are both at ease and likable in their roles, keeping the film from overindulging in stereotypes. Besides, the obvious message getting hammered home here is you can’t always trust your preconceived notions.
Despite its crowd-pleasing nature, “Tucker & Dale” remains overly broad and one-note throughout—it's about as deep as a single episode of "Three's Company," at three times the length—but benefits mildly from easygoing humor, inspired tweaking of the horror genre and polished direction from first time filmmaker Eli Craig (a one-time actor and the son of Sally Field).
["Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" is also available from Magnolia's on demand service through select cable companies, Xbox Live and Amazon.com.]
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