It’s good to be wary of “horror comedies,” as often they’re the result of laziness; after all, it’s probably much easier to make fun of horror movies than it is to actually make a horror movie. However, every once in a while, you’ll get one that actually does the subgenre proud, a film that somehow manages to be both funny and horrific. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II is one of these, as is Shaun of the Dead — and now, standing proudly alongside those two mini-classics (in overalls, at that) is Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, a film that takes its one-joke premise and manages to bleed it (and oh, does it bleed) to its maximum potential. Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine, the best dumdum comedy team since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) are lovable hayseeds who just bought their dream house (a run-down cabin in the woods) and, through a series of clever and expertly staged misunderstandings, manage to come across as serial killers in the eyes of a bunch of camping college students who believe the hillbillies are holding their friend Allison (Katrina Bowden) hostage. What follows is kind of Final Destination set in the backwoods of West Virginia (or, indeed, Dumb & Dumber if it were a horror movie), as the college kids are killed off one by one in the most gruesome ways possible with each would-be “rescue attempt” as poor Tucker and Dale believe the students are all involved in some sort of bizarre suicide pact. Horror fans, take note — we’ve got one of your new all-time favorites right here.
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