Watch Now is a film recommendation column designed to give brief shout outs to movies that are worth watching, but you might have missed.
"We have got to hide all of the sharp objects!"
By Matthew Gohn
Halloween is two weeks away and many are looking for scary movies to occupy their late nights. For this inaugural post of Watch Now I'd like to recommend one of my favorite satires of the horror genre, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.
Released in 2010, and currently available on Netflix, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil might be a movie you missed completely. I sure did. Only after seeing it in my recommendations over and over again did I finally decide to look into it due to it's high user rating.
I should have known with the title as deliberately campy and spelled out that the film is much more funny than scary. There is plenty of slapstick and classic misunderstandings to keep it from getting too dark, while also brilliantly parodying the classic horror film conventions.
Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine play lovable backwoods dwellers whose weekend trip to a cabin in the woods turns into a nightmare as homicidal college kids mercilessly hunt them down. Sound backwards? That's the idea. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil gets both it's humor and it's horror by gleefully subverting expectations and rules of horror films and the audience is the winner. If you're looking for a 'scary' movie that your significant other won't hate you for showing, this is absolutely the the one.
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, and Katrina Bowden
Director: Eli Craig
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