Tucker & Dale vs. Evil — The Perfect Horror Comedy?
Horror exists in a balance. Too many scares without relief might be more than a body can handle. That’s why we get a little comic relief strategically placed in many of the great horror movies. And then we have one of horror’s most beloved subgenres, the horror comedy. There are some very entertaining comedic horror films out there, but there is one that stands atop the rest: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.
Now we’re going to get some arguing amongst all the horror geeks. I think some people would put movies in this generalized subgenre that don’t really belong, like Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Those two movies are among my top favorites, and while they’re hilarious, I wouldn’t call them horror comedies. Those movies are more slapstick and cartoonish absurdism than straight-up comedy — there are comedy subgenres, too, so we can mix and match all day long.
I suppose if we were to aggressively sub-categorize this film, it would fit into the slasher horror comedy subgenre, but it also feels very generalized in its comedy. Perhaps it’s a comedic take on a psychological thriller, but if we dig into all that, we’ll be way out in the weeds.
The films that are fully horror comedies include such gems as Eight Legged Freaks, Arachnophobia, The Babysitter, Little Evil, and even Astonishing Tales of Terror: Rocktapussy. If you haven’t seen that last one, it’s um… it’s a thing. I should write about it, because it’s astonishing, though not in the way one might assume based on the title.
Therefore, I stand by my assertion that Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is the best horror comedy movie around.
I’ve seen this movie several times, and you might call it one of my comfort films. It came out in 2010, so any spoilers you read here…well that’s your own fault. It stars Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, and Katrina Bowden. The movie is about two Hillbillies fixing up their new vacation home, and then pure evil comes knocking.
Preppy college kids, fueled by Chad’s hatred and fear (Chad is the Evil in the title), think these charming yet awkward country boys are deranged Hillbilly murderers. The kids camp near our…