Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) are two hillbillies who have bought the new (seriously old) cabin of their dreams, and are excited to fix it up and bring their vision to life. Allison (Katrina Bowden) and seven of her friends are going camping. When the group of wholly unprepared city kids crosses paths with Tucker and Dale at an out-of-the-way gas station, Dale is instantly struck by Allison’s beauty but between his crude manners and insecurities about his appearance, he only scares her and her friends, who quickly drive off. Assuming that this is the last he’ll ever see of them, Dale returns with Tucker to the cabin and begin to work.
While skinny-dipping with her friends, Allison hits her head and is rescued by Tucker and Dale, but her friends, already way too fucking paranoid to be out in the woods in the first place, assume the worst, that she has been kidnapped. Rather than go to Tucker and Dale’s cabin and knock on the door to retrieve their friend, the group become convinced that they are violent and that this is a fight for survival. The series of unfortunate accidents that take place as the group engages in half-baked “rescue” schemes doesn’t help matters at all.
By now, most of us have seen movies where being stuck in a small town, lost in the woods, and encountering hillbillies usually means that a death sentence is just around the corner. Well, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is not one of those movies. Yea, people absolutely die, but it’s totally not the hillbillies’ fault. Hilarious and bloody, light-hearted, and well-paced, this film is an instant classic. In this comedy horror, we learn that looks can be deceiving. But most of all, we learn that the imagined fear can be even more deadly than any real enemy.
I give this one 3.75 stars.