“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is the best horror comedy since “Shaun of the Dead” and “Slither,” but you already knew that.
It is the type of the film that starts slow, builds up steam and then lets loose at about the 30 minute mark. From then on, it’s a roller coaster of laughs and gasps and is great fun to watch.
The director, Eli Craig did a very smart thing by casting Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk in the lead roles. Besides being perfect choices, we all know without a fan base it’s near impossible to get a horror film off the ground in this climate of remakes and reboots. So casting actors that have appeared in such genre favorites as “Reaper” and “Firefly” brings the audience to the film–as opposed to Craig having to sell his soul to have the film properly pimped out. You see, we the audience, and our word of mouth, are the advertisements.
It’s a good thing the film delivers too, or Craig might have had a lynching on his hands. Instead, he has created a film that has many laugh out moments and applause worthy scenes. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises waiting for you in this film because it is well worth your time.
If I have a complaint at all, it would have to regard the very beginning and the closing moments. The opening goes all “Blair Witch” and starts the film with a sour taste in this reviewer’s mouth. And the ending has distractions occurring in the background when our focus should be on what’s right in front of us.
But in between is a fantastically fun and splatter heavy good time. If you love “Evil Dead 2” and some of the other titles mentioned in this review, seek “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” out and tell your friends.
Another cult classic is born.