Oh hidy ho officer, we’ve had a doozy of a day. There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.
This is my absolute new favourite movie. It’s another comedy horror, but different from anything I’ve seen before. It’s a horror movie from the perspective of THE OTHER SIDE and a study in serious miscommunication.
Tucker (Alan Tudyk of Firefly fame) and Dale are just two goodhearted hillbillies on their way to Tucker’s fixer upper vacation home in the backwoods. On the way there, they run into a group of stereotypical college kids. You know, the ones in every horror movie: the jock, the smart geek, the cheerleader, the stoner, etc, etc and the good, sensible girl with the heart of gold. Of course, the college kids are going camping in the same woods.
The college kids are terrified of Tucker and Dale, believing that our good ole boys are, ironically, stereotypical evil horror movie murderous backwoods hillbillies.
At night, the college kids get drunk and high and decide to go swim in the nearby lake. Tucker and Dale happen to be night fishing (the best time) in a canoe on the same lake. The two witness the good girl jumping into the lake from a large rock. Her friends, further away in the water, are too drunk or stoned to notice that good girl doesn’t surface. She hit her head on a submerged rock and only Tucker and Dale notice. The guys paddle over and fish her out of the water. Her friends finally notice this and what they see is the apparently lifeless body of the good girl being pulled from the water by two sinister looking hillbillies. Remember, the kids are pretty drunk and stoned and just a LOT confused. Tucker doesn’t really help matters when he turns to the college kids and yells ‘WE GOTCHER FRIEND. COME AND GET ‘ER!’ while pointing at a seemingly dead good girl. The college kids scream and run back into the woods, leaving the good girl. She, when she wakes up, realizes that the guys aren’t so bad at all but her friends think she’s been kidnapped or murdered.
And so follows miscommunication after miscommunication, with the kids believing that Tucker and Dale are evil murderers out to kill the kids, while Tucker and Dale think the kids have some kind of suicide pact and are trying to take the guys out with them. There’s plenty of hilarious spots and lots of gore. It’s not very long, just over an hour and a half, but the last twenty minutes are pretty damn weird and probably could have been cut out.
I loved this. It sucks that Tucker and Dale didn’t get more press or more people watching it. But everyone should see it! Well, if you’re squeamish, avoid the scene with the wood chipper. Or the chainsaw. Though, that last scene could be a good reason why you shouldn’t run with a chainsaw or make sure there are no hornet nests in logs before cutting them. And if you see a mysterious jar of liquid marked with Xs, don’t throw in on a fire.
IT’S GREAT!!!! Go watch, nooooooooooooooow!
6 Chocolate Brownie sundaes out of 5!