TUCKER AND DALE VERSUS EVIL (2010) tells the story of two good old boys visiting a remote cabin they bought as a vacation home. Along the way, they bump into a group of college kids on a camping trip and give them the creeps. What follows is a comedy of errors as Tucker (the always funny Alan Tudyk) and Dale rescue one of the girls in the group from drowning, resulting in her friends believing she’s been kidnapped by homicidal hillbillies. The terrified college kids pluck up their courage to fight back, with hilariously horrible results.
This was a fun movie that turns a basic horror trope on its head with plentiful gore, some laughs, and two pretty endearing central characters. Tucker and Dale do their best to fix the situation but end up increasingly terrorized by the college kids who all believe they’re doing the right thing. The simple conceit at the center of the film provides a surprising amount of mileage, as endearing characters and one fun, gory slaughter after another sustain the film to the end. Light, fun stuff, I appreciated the conceit and liked the execution.