Director: Eli Craig
Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss
Synopsis: Tucker (Tudyk) and Dale (Labine) are two hillbillies that have bought a fixer-upper vacation house in the middle of the woods. Meanwhile, a group of college kids are camping nearby, mistakenly identifying our two heroes as backwards freaks. When their friend Allison (Bowden) has an accident, Dale saves her from drowning by pulling her into his boat. Her friends assume that the two freaks have abducted her.
In Australia, this has been a straight to DVD/Blu-ray release, and an at times difficult to find one at that. This is a real shame, as this is a very clever, amusing comedy that subverts the classic tropes of so many horror films. If it had not been for the fact that @RevengeFilmNerd follows @alan_tudyk on twitter, I may never have even known that this film existed, so I really want to get the word out there to get people to see this one.
As played by Tudyk and Labine, Tucker and Dale are two simple, sweet guys that are living their dream, fixing up the cabin they bought as a holiday house. So of course, with all this work to do they have access to chainsaws, nailguns, woodchippers, and numerous other tools. These are all there for purely innocent purposes. However, after rescuing and caring for Allison, the guys wait for her friends to collect her. They instead try to “rescue” Allison, and keep on getting themselves into fatal accidents around the cabin, reinforcing their opinions that these hillbillies are slasher freaks.
It is a set up for comedy gold, that uses a raft of horror movie knowledge in the set-up of the comedy. There is a lot of gore, perhaps equal to any other slasher flick, though not going so far as to be in the territory of gorenography a la the Saw and Hostel franchises. The fact that the hillbillies are quite sweet and innocent is a brilliant stroke of genius. Alan Tudyk may be the only real internationally recognisable star, but Labine really steals the show. He is a simple but actually quite smart guy with a heart of gold, whom is nervous talking to ladies. His early attempts at talking with Ally are quite sweet, with him going to all the effort to make her a lovely breakfast.
Having marathoned many a slasher flick in the past, and having seen every Freddy and Jason film out there, my previous knowledge of the genre really added to my enjoyment of this film. Bride of Film Nerd, however, is normally quite squeamish about these things, but decided to watch it on the strength of the red-band trailer below, and enjoyed it almost as much as I did. Do yourself a favour and track this film down!!
4.5 stars out of 5