Thursday, September 11, 2014

year 3 Day 115

movie: Tucker and Dale vs Evil
starring:Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine
genre: Comedy, Horror
year: 2010
format: Netflix Canada

plot: Two guys spend what they think will be a weekend fixing up their new cabin, when a group of college students arrive and accidentally start to murder everyone on the anniversary of a mass killing.

Rarely do I come across a movie so good at taking the cliches and turning them into something worth watching. The whole time I was watching this, I was thinking  "when Joss Whedon created Buffy, he was thinking about the blonde who never gets away in all the old horrors, and the dude who wrote this was thinking the same thing about the mountain hermits/psycho hillbillies"

Basically, what you have here is the perfect setting for a typical horror movie, dumb teenagers, lots of drinking, swimming at night etc, but instead of the mountain hermits being total psychos, they're the victims.

Genius. There are little nods to every horror film you've ever come across from the chainsaw to the newspaper clipping wall to bad 80's attitudes. Throw in Tyler Labine who is one of the most recognizable Canadian actors of the last twenty years, and Jesse Moss who played the uber creepy abusive teenaged werewolf boy in Ginger Snaps and you've got enough firm ground for a demonic library. Bonus with Alan Tudyk from Firefly and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, who brings the comedy with such ease.

Can't wait for the sequel.

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