Tucker & Dale vs Evil
|Tucker & Dale vs Evil|
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|Directed by||Eli Craig|
|Produced by||Morgan Jurgenson
|Screenplay by||Eli Craig
|Story by||Eli Craig|
|Music by||Michael Shields
|Editing by||Bridget Durnford|
|Studio||Eden Rock Media
Reliance Motion Picture Company
|Distributed by||Magnolia Pictures|
|Running time||89 minutes|
||This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (June 2013)|
Allison (Katrina Bowden), Chad (Jesse Moss), Chloe (Chelan Simmons), Chuck (Travis Nelson), Jason (Brandon Jay McLaren), Naomi (Christie Laing), Todd (Alex Arsenault), Mitch (Adam Beauchesne) and Mike (Joseph Allan Sutherland), are going camping in West Virginia. While at a gas station, they encounter Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), two well-meaning hillbillies who have just bought the vacation home of their dreams: a run-down lakefront cabin, deep in the woods. On Tucker's advice, Dale tries to talk to Allison, but because of his inferiority complex and appearance, he only scares her and her friends.
Tucker and Dale arrive at their cabin, which is in a state of disrepair and begin repairing it. Nearby in the woods, Chad tells the other guys a story around the campfire about the "Memorial Day Massacre," a hillbilly attack which took place 20 years ago in the same section of the woods, leaving only one survivor. The college kids go skinny-dipping in the same lake where Tucker and Dale are fishing. Allison gets startled by them and falls in the water, hitting her head on a rock. Tucker and Dale save her, but the college kids think Allison has been kidnapped. Allison wakes up in Tucker and Dale's cabin the next day and, although scared at first, she finds the two hillbillies to be harmless and befriends them. The other college kids arrive at the cabin to save Allison from her "psychopathic captors," and Chuck runs away to get the police. While Dale and Allison are inside the cabin, Tucker angers some bees after chainsawing through a hive and frantically waves it around, which makes the college kids assume he's trying to kill them. They all scatter through the woods and Mitch accidentally impales himself on a broken tree. After finding Mitch's body, Chad persuades the others that they're in a battle of survival with the hillbillies.
Tucker and Dale then set out to find the kids but fail to do so. The college kids follow the two back to their cabin, where they see Allison helping out with construction but assume they're making her dig her own grave. The college kids attack, but Todd and Mike end up accidentally killing themselves and Allison is accidentally knocked unconscious again by Dale's shovel. The other kids assume the hillbillies killed them when see Tucker trying to save Mike from the woodchipper. Tucker and Dale think the college kids are suicidal and that contacting the police will make them murder suspects. Chuck arrives back with a sheriff, who expresses doubt over Tucker and Dale's suicide pact theory. The sheriff goes inside the cabin to check out the unconscious Allison, but leans on an unstable beam and is killed by nails. Chuck tries to shoot the hillbillies with the sheriff's gun, but accidentally kills himself. Chad reappears and attempts to shoot Tucker and Dale, but only manages to capture Tucker, whom he ties upside down to a tree.
Dale goes out to rescue Tucker while Chad and Naomi return to the cabin to save Allison. As Allison tries to assure them that everything's a misunderstanding, they accuse her of having stockholm syndrome. Tucker and Dale return and Allison attempts to lead a calm discussion. Chad ends up revealing that his mother was the lone survivor of the Memorial Day Massacre, while his dad was killed by the hillbillies. At the time, she was unknowingly pregnant with Chad and was institutionalized. Jason and Chloe both break in to save everyone, in which a fight breaks out. As a fire is caused, Tucker, Dale and Allison escape as Naomi, Chloe and Jason are killed, while an insane and horribly scarred Chad survives and is all the more determined to kill Tucker and Dale. Allison, Tucker and Dale escape in their truck but crash it moments later. Upon regaining consciousness, Dale finds an injured Tucker who tells him that Chad has taken Allison to an old sawmill. Dale finds Allison restrained to a log on a sawbench and Dale fights Chad, frees Allison and the two barricade themselves inside an upstairs office. They find old news clippings on the Memorial Day Massacre and the truth about Chad's father: he was not one of the victims, but the Memorial Day killer himself, who raped his mother. Chad becomes enraged over the truth, and Dale stops his attack by throwing a box of chamomile tea at Chad, which triggers an asthma attack due to his allergies. The asthma attack causes Chad to convulse so severely that he falls out the window and is apparently killed.
The police and a news crew arrive late at the cabin, and broadcast a news report stating that the deaths appear to be the result of a suicide pact and a deranged killer. Tucker watches the report on the news while convalescing in the hospital. Dale enters, and they discuss Tucker's recovery. Tucker asks Dale whether he managed to invite Allison on a date and is happy to hear the two of them are going bowling. Later that night at the bowling alley, the two profess their feelings for each other and kiss.
- Tyler Labine as Dale
- Alan Tudyk as Tucker
- Katrina Bowden as Allison
- Jesse Moss as Chad
- Chelan Simmons as Chloe
- Philip Granger as Sheriff
- Brandon Jay McLaren as Jason
- Christie Laing as Naomi
- Travis Nelson as Chuck
- Alex Arsenault as Todd
- Adam Beauchesne as Mitch
- Joseph Allan Sutherland as Mike
- Karen Reigh as Cheryl
- Tye Evans as Chad's Dad
- Bill Baksa as BJ Hillbilly
- Shaun Tisdale as Killer Hillbilly #2
- Sasha Williams as News Reporter
The production began in June 2009 with the casting of the actors. Principal photography started one month later in Calgary, Alberta. In October 2009 post production ensued in British Columbia and released first images as part of American Film Market. On 31 October 2009, the first trailer was released.
The film premiered on 22 January 2010 at Sundance Film Festival and was on 12 March 2010 part of the SXSW Film Festival. The movie was distributed by Magnolia, receiving a limited theatrical release in the US on September 30, 2011. On its opening weekend, the film grossed $52,843 from 30 theaters. Domestic gross currently stands at $223,838, with foreign gross adding $4,525,678, bringing the worldwide gross to $4,749,516.
Despite a limited release, Tucker & Dale vs Evil was generally well received by critics. The film holds a "fresh" rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 95 reviews stating "Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and—believe it or not—heart". On Metacritic, the movie holds a 65 rating out of 100, from 23 critic reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.
Todd Gilchrist wrote that "Eli Craig's feature debut celebrates genre conventions while turning the traditional view of horror-movie heroes and villains upside down." Roger Ebert also gave the film a positive review, writing "Students of the Little Movie Glossary may find it funny how carefully "Tucker and Dale" works its way through upended cliches".
|Leo Award||Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Drama||David Geddes||Nominated|
|Best Feature Length Drama||Rosanne Milliken and Crawford Hawkins||Nominated|
|Best Overall Sound in a Feature Length Drama||Paul A. Sharpe, Graeme Hughes and Iain Pattison||Nominated|
|Best Sound Editing||James Fonnyadt||Nominated|
|Best Sound Editing in a Feature Length Drama||Dario DiSanto, Brian Campbell, James Fonnyadt, Jay Cheetham, Kirby Jinnah and Kris Casavant||Nominated|
|Best Stunt Coordination in a Feature Length Drama||Jodi Stecyk||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama||Jesse Moss||Nominated|
|Sitges Film Festival||Best Film||Eli Craig||Won|
|SXSW Film Festival||Audience Award||Won|
|Fantasia Festival||Jury Prize; Best First Feature||Won|
|Ampia Awards||AMPIA Award; Best Feature Film||Won|
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