31 Days of Terror: Tucker and Dale vs Evil
If there was ever a movie to perfectly encapsulate a slasher movie but reverse the roles of the killers and the victims, it's Tucker and Dale vs Evil, and it does it to great effect.
Two kindhearted rednecks named Tucker and Dale are looking to take some time off and go fishing at their summer cabin but are mistaken for killer hillbillies by out-of-town college kids. When the kids decide to take manners into their own hands to try and stop who they think are psychopaths, they bite off more they can chew, losing life and limb in the process.
This film is hilarious and if you're a slasher fan, it's worth checking out. The performances are fantastic, and Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are absolutely perfect together on screen, bringing Tucker and Dale to life with wonderful chemistry and lovable demeanors.
What I love most about Tucker and Dale is how it subverts everything you'd expect from a slasher film. What happens when the stereotypical hillbillies are actually sweet human beings and the college kids are trying to kill the hillbillies, but instead are killing themselves? That's this movie and it pulls it off magically with massive amounts of gore and comedic timing. The college kids are dumb as they come but that's what makes it more enjoyable and some of the ways they accidentally dispatch themselves are great. One scene in particular involves a wood chipper, and the gore coupled with Alan Tudyk's reaction to the situation left me laughing hysterically.
When I originally saw the trailer for Tucker and Dale, I didn't think the filmmakers would pull it off so well in a ninety minute runtime but it became one of my favorite horror movies this generation.