“The hillbillies from the store captured Alison!”
Tucker and Dale, two hillbillies heading to their “fixer-upper” cabin for some relaxin’, discover they ain’t alone in them woods. They encounter an SUV full of vacationing college kids, and Dale unintentionally creeps them out. But later, as he and Tucker are fishing, Dale rescues one of them—the pretty blond Alison—after she falls into the lake. Assuming she’s been captured, the indomitably preppy college kids rally to find her.
A comically macabre battle between Izods and overalls, Eli Craig’s ingenious send-up of the horror genre recounts a simple misunderstanding gone grotesquely wrong. Our hillbilly psycho killers are actually sweet as pie; it’s the judgmental college kids who have “issues.”
Craig lovingly embraces clichés, dispensing humor and gore in equal parts as we watch the educated class blunder to its demise. Nature, beer, and a rising body count—what better way to spend Memorial Day? —Sundance Film Festival
What seems at first like a one-joke film being stretched out holds up surprisingly well throughout, due in large part to the fact that the filmmakers do such a good job of bringing Tucker and Dale to life and making them both likable and put-upon when dealing with their sudden infestation of college kids
Also: Mammuth, What’s Your Number?, Dream House and Buraku.