The film follows the perspective of a group of college kids going out deep in to the woods for vacation and a couple of hillbillies named Tucker and Dale. Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are believed to be the stereotypical homicidal country folk from many other horror movies. When one of the girls in the group named Allison (Katrina Bowden) hits her head on a rock after being startled by Tucker and Dale who were fishing, she is saved by the two and the rest of the group believes she is being kidnapped by the two. Tucker and Dale bandage her up and she learns that they are just two normal guys who bought a cabin near by as a fixer-upper, but her friends thinking Tucker and Dale are crazy hillbillies attempt to get Allison back by killing her gracious hosts. By complete and total stupidity each person keeps dying by their own hand and leaving Tucker and Dale looking as though they brutally murdered them.
Tucker and Dale was everything I wanted and more. The trailer was hilarious and the whole plot itself had me dying to watch it, which I’m truly glad I did. The movie hits on the stereotypical hillbilly horror films and the stupid college kids of every horror film while giving you the perspective of each. Although it seems like nothing but a slapstick comedy from the looks of it, the film is actually genius and asks the question what if normal guys were mistaken for homicidal maniacs due to the constant stereotypes we’re introduced to in film? It also has these ridiculous over the top deaths that are always by mistake, constantly leaving the two in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It had two very entertaining actors in Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as the title characters who really made the movie work so well. Jesse Moss played the leader of the college kids, Chad; the oblivious villain with a thirst for vengeance and also did a great job. The movie isn’t anything award worthy or anything it just really does what it’s supposed to do and really is probably the best horror comedies in recent years. It was entertaining, funny and pretty original and is definitely worth checking out. This was also director Eli Craig’s first full-length film, which he also wrote and I look forward to seeing more from him in the future. Honestly I wouldn’t mind another Tucker and Dale, the characters were great and I think there is more ridiculous ways for college kids to die.