One of my favorite films from the 2010 edition of the Sundance Film Festival is finally making it to Tucson screens – Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. It’s not often that you see a blend of horror and comedy that works so well, maybe the era of torture porn is over, please? Directed by Eli Craig ,the film stars Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as two hapless “mountain people” who are just trying to get to their new “fixer-uper” cabin in the woods. Wrongly mistaken for killer hillbillies, by a group of dopey college kids, hilarity quickly ensues. A series of comedic, yet grotesque deaths occur with the innocent Tucker and Dale appearing to be the perpetrators of the crimes. An early scene with chainsaw is comedy gold that will stay with me for a long while.
Two odd bits of trivia related to the film are worth noting, first, director Craig is the son of flying nun actress Sally Field, an early advocate of her son’s directorial debut. And secondly, this film, following its Sundance Film Festival debut, became the most bootlegged film download from the internet, delaying its eventual release. One more tidbit – the original roles of Tucker and Dale were slotted for Bradley Cooper and Zack Galifianakis before the “Hangover” made them huge stars.
“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is playing the Loft Cinema starting October 7, 3233 East Speedway. For showtimes visits LoftCinema.com 795-7777.