PEOPLE: N00b director/writer. Dale is played by mostly-TV actor Tyler Labine (Lewis the computer-fucker from Control Alt Delete). Tucker is played by Alan Tudyk (the pilot from Firefly, so hilarious as a redneck hillbilly). Ally is played by Katrina Bowden (Cerie from 30 Rock, Ms. Tasty from Sex Drive, Holly from Ratko:The Dictator’s Son). Chad (the real douchebag of the movie) is played by Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, Ginger Snaps).
PLOT SUMMARY: College kids go camping in redneckville — and are totally creeped out by the 2 redneck main characters, Tucker and Dale. Misunderstandings ensue, whereby the college kids THINK Tucker and Dale are trying to kill them. But they are not. There is no actual monster or villain in this movie! At least, not at first.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ College education fails to educate kids on how not to kill themselves.
QUIRKS: A horror-based comedy movie. Usually, horror-based comedies are spoof movies that spoof a bunch of known horror tropes. But this is a legitimately unique story.
VISUALS: There are gruesome deaths, just like in any horror movie — but they are actually more unexpected here, because none of this should have happened. This whole movie is about misunderstanding.
MORALS: Don’t judge people by their appearance!
GOOD STUFF: Tucker and Dale are hilarious characters. The misunderstandings that fuel the plot, although tragic, were comedy gold.
BAD STUFF: Some people are offended by the stereotyping of rednecks — or college kids for that matter. But the whole point of this movie is that stereotypes are not the sole way you should judge someone! Reminds me of the feminists who were all pissed of at Sucker Punch, even though it was about the abuse of women!
CONCLUSION: A great horror-spoof comedy of epic misunderstandings. Exceeded our expectations, and deserving of it’s high 7.6/10 rating on IMDB. And a great chance to see Alan Tudyk, the pilot from Firefly, in a comedic redneck role.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8.6/10. “That was a different take on the normal horror movie, and I enjoyed it. Crazy deaths!!! Misunderstandings and miscommunications… Don’t make assumptions, and panic and freak out.”
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.6/10, Netflix: 4.2/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was actually lower–3.1/5 stars–a rare FAIL from the Netflix recommendation engine! Why?!).
RECOMMENDATION: Definitely worth seeing!
SIMILAR MOVIES: Not really similar, but Dead & Breakfast has some slight similarities. This movie actually turns the tables against movies like Wrong Turn and The Hills Have Eyes, by making the cultured city folk the “bad guys” (to the extent that bad guys exist in this movie).
OTHER REVIEWS: OutlawVern reviwed it here.
Music: Rammstein – Engel (Extended Version)