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November 22, 2011

Flicks: Tucker & Dale Versus Evil (2010)

Accident-prone teenie-boppers encounter some rather misunderstood miscreants. Video courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house. The duo are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.

The movie's director Eli Craig (Carrie 2) takes the archetypes set-up by survival horror movies like Wrong Turn, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes to deliver a mortified cast of hapless yuppoids who inadvertently frag themselves for 90 minutes while Tucker and Dale look on horrified. Think Shaun of the Dead meets Deliverance as the survival horror genre is turned comically on it's skull.

Tyler Labine[0] stars as Dale, a dead-on Robert Kirkland (Walking Dead creator) look-a-like. In fact, The Walking Dead's original illustrator, Tony Moore[1], has created movie posters and promotional art for this horror spoof that is every bit as good as the work he did on the first 6 issues of the hit comic series from Image.

[0] = Tyler Labine's career is taking off after starring in the failed Fox sitcom Sons Of Tuscon in 2010 he appeared in the new Rise of the Planet of the Apes and is slated for three 2012 feature films.
[1] = Tony Moore and Robert Kirkland actually met as middle school kids in 7th grade history class.

IMDB, Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
IMDB, Tyler Labine
Magnet Releasing, Tucker & Dale VS Evil (Official Site)
Tony Moore.com, Tucker & Dale Versus Evil
Walking Dead Wiki, Tony Moore

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