Movie review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” is a heavyweight bout in the world of horror movie stereotypes. It’s the Rednecks vs. the Uptight Preppies! Battle to the death!

It’s a movie that has a lot of fun with conventions, a gory romp of a comedy that the target audience should adore.

A group of rich college students, including the lovely Allison (Katrina Bowden of “30 Rock”), plans a camping trick in the hills of West Virginia.

They encounter Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), two kind-hearted hillbillies who view the visitors with bemused wonder — and in Dale’s case, a sheepish crush on Allison.

As the two groups collide, a series of comic misadventures turns things bloody in a hurry.

“Tucker & Dale” is definitely in the vein of “Shaun of the Dead,” a nice mix of laughs and blood.

The silly comedy of errors act works for me, and I like my horror gory anyhow. I was reminded a bit of Eli Roth’s debut “Cabin Fever” — which is underrated in my book.

It’s the lead actors that make it transcend. Labine is a lovable buffoon. Tudyk is one of those “know him if you see him” character actors. He’s awesome here, too.

If you like horror-comedy, this one has cult classic stamped on it. Should be a blast with a full theater, too.

"Tucker & Dale vs. Evil"

Opens Friday at the Gateway

3 1/2 stars out of 4