Tucker & Dale VS Evil
Tucker & Dale are two best friends who go on vacation to a dilapidated mountain cabin that they have just purchased, in the hopes of doing it up into a nice holiday home. Along the way, whilst getting supplies form the local gas station they run into a bunch of college kids heading up into the hills for some camping. The rich college kids instantly mistake Tucker & Dale for a pair of cliched, murderous backwoods hillbillies. They both go their separate ways.
The first night in the mountains the college kids sit around a bonfire and tale scary stories, before deciding to go skinny dipping in the lake, the very lake that Tucker & Dale have taken their boat out on to go night fishing.
One of the college girls, decided to branch off from her friend after getting some unwanted advances from the leader of the pack, and is stripping off when Tucker & Dale notice her. She gets a fright when she sees them and falls, knocking her head and going under the water. Tucker & Dale rush to her rescue and her friends see them hauling her into the boat, in an effort to reassure them, Tucker & Dale yell out “We have your friend” which the college kids naturally take as a threat.
The College kids now have to try and get their friend back from these apparent murderous hillbillies but in doing so, manage to keep killing themselves leading Tucker & Dale to assume that they have stumbled on a group suicide pact.
Sure, it’s a totally slapstick piss-take on every recent horror film that you’ve seen and it is essentially a one trick pony, but writer and director Eli Craig manages to keep the pony running for the best part of the film, creating what has to be one of the funniest films of the year.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read