“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
I haven't laughed this hard in awhile. With great chemistry between Labine & Tudyk, hilarious misunderstandings, a story with some heart, and constant reversing of cliches this is one the best horror comedies of recent years. It does get serious near the end but I didn't mind as the middle section had me laughing so much.
a likeable riff on "shaun of the dead" with an endearing, romero-esque undercurrent of class solidarity. the cute-girl-meets-man-in-search-of-confidence schtick is pretty canned, but unlike your average apatowian, at least the protagonist isn't an unlikeable asshole. in its unassuming way, this movie actually does a pretty decent job of conveying charisma and friendship. a pleasant surprise.
Ive put off this film so many times but I finally caved and watched it over the weekend. I guess I really shouldn't have judged the film by just looking at the title characters, they were really likeable and this film is just the best horror comedy Ive seen in recent memory.
Super fun send up of 'the kids in peril' horror genre mixing backwoods conventions with comedic sensibilities. Mainly works due to the extreme likability of Tucker and Dale and a smart script that doesn't fall strictly into comedy or horror genre. Katrina Bowden well cast as the so-called abductee. Refreshing to see a film of this kind that doesn't run out of steam too fast. Those damn crazy college kids!
Also: Mammuth, What’s Your Number?, Dream House and Buraku.