A week ago I posted my list of movies I watched during 2011, reaching a total of 47 films for the year. I set a goal of 52 for 2012, which would raise me to an average of a movie a week. My tentative plan is to keep track of most of the movies I watch here. These won’t be full reviews like I write for Fandomania. Rather, they’ll just be some brief observations about the movies.
My first movie of the year is Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, a terrific horror spoof that released last year. I’ve seen a lot of my friends checking into this one on GetGlue, so I took a look at the cast list. That’s all it took for me to fire it up on Netflix Instant Streaming. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are the titular Tucker and Dale, a couple of good old boys heading out to their newly purchased cabin in the woods for a vacation in the wilderness. Along the way they encounter a gang of vacationing college kids who mistake them for murderous hillbilly psychopaths. Hilarity ensues.
Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk both have appeared in tons of TV shows and movies, but their best roles have them cast as lovable but occasionally bumbling guys who go by nicknames inspired by their last names. Labine was Bert “Sock” Wysocki, Sam’s well intentioned and laid back goofball buddy on Reaper, and Tudyk immortalized himself as spaceship pilot Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Firefly and Serenity. Chief among the self victimizing college kids is Katrina Bowden (probably best known as Cerie from 30 Rock) as Allison, the girl Tucker and Dale rescue from an accidental drowning, thereby kicking their comedy of errors into high gear.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is a great send-up of the slasher horror genre with some fantastic gags and jokes. Since the genre it’s spoofing is one known for its high blood and sex volume, be warned that there’s some fairly ridiculous gore throughout, along with just a little nudity in one scene. If you’re a fan of horror movies or of any of the talent involved, you really should check this one out.