B-Movie Corner: Line between comedy, horror forms cult classic
“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” was originally released in 2011 for a limited theatrical run after garnishing a lot of support from festivals the year prior. However, the theatrical run was brief and limited and the film soon found a loyal following once released on DVD and Blu-ray.
The film follows Tucker and Dale as they set off to relax and unwind at their new summer cabin in the woods. These simple country hillbillies just want to get away and fix up their new cabin when on their way there they meet a group of rowdy college kids.
This group of preppy college attendees also is looking to get out to the woods for a weekend of relaxation which includes drinking, smoking and sex of course. This is a horror movie after all and kids will be kids.
The college kids instantly become frightened of Tucker and Dale and see them as standard backwoods serial killer hicks while Dale instantly fall in love with one of the girls.
While out for a night of fishing, the two stumble upon the group as they get ready to skinny dip in the lake. One of the girls sets off from the group and while climbing a rock spots the two and is frightened, falls, and hits her head. Dale and Tucker rescue the girl from drowning by pulling her unconscious body into their boat.
The rest of her group doesn’t see this occur but sees them pulling her into their boat and assume they have captured her. The group waits until morning and sets off to save their friend by searching the woods for their cabin.
The misunderstanding between the group and Dale and Tucker sets off in a variety of different and very comical ways. The two sides do not clearly understand what the others intentions are and the results are bloody and hilarious.
While this is definitely a horror film and has many gory scenes, the light hearted laughter that is sprinkled throughout alleviates any tension. This is a film that turns the genre on its head and re-examines the intent of the “bad guys” in any horror film.
The line between comedy and horror is often a thin one and when a film can play firmly in both worlds it often becomes a cult classic and this is most definitely true for “Tuck and Dale vs. Evil.”
If you are a fan of the splatstick genre and have not seen this film it is highly recommended and will most definitely be a great movie to watch with a group of friends. Just be warned you will laugh far more than you will be terrified!
Derek Warren is a cult movie fanatic, collector, craft beer enthusiast and all-around nerd. He can be reached via email at NEPABeerGeek@gmail.com
Final Verdict: “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” may quickly become one of your favorite films, especially if you are a fan of the comedy horror genre. The slapstick humor paired with common slasher movie tropes make for an instant classic. A perfect horror film to enjoy during the summer months as well!
Where can I get it?: “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is currently available on both Blu-ray and DVD at: Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble. It is also currently streaming online at: Amazon, Hulu, Google Play, VUDU, YouTube, and iTunes.