Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) Review: Clever but Disappointing

“Evil just messed with the wrong hillbillies.”

Synopsis: Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.

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Calamity Brains:

By all rights, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil should be amazing. The premise is hilarious, I enjoy watching Alan Tudyk do just about anything, and I’m a big fan of ridiculously unnecessary gorefests.

And yet.

Guys, I wanted to like this movie. I really did. But outside of the premise itself, most of it just wasn’t funny. There’s no way it can be taken seriously (nor should it), but a movie like this really needs the careful comedic timing and silly one-liners. And despite the usual strength of the actors, it just wasn’t there.

I feel like this sort of macabre ridiculousness could have been great with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the helm. Dry British wit would definitely have given the contrast between the gore and the confusion that the movie really needed. As is, though, I was mostly just bored.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.