REVIEW: ‘Tucker & Dale vs Evil’ (2009)

Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) try to make sense of things in "Tucker & Dale vs Evil".
Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) try to make sense of things in "Tucker & Dale vs Evil".

Directed/written by: Eli Craig
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowde, Jesse Moss
Running time: 86 minutes
Rated: R

After seven years in the rustic wilds of Wyoming, I like to think I am more familiar with folks of a more “rural” persuasion. Having grown up and spent the first formative 36 years of my life here in decidedly urban Dallas, the people who lived in the outlying outskirts were kind of a mystery to me. So, moving from a metropolitan area of a few million to a state with a population of just 500,000 was a little bit of a culture shock. I mean, how could people live without late night Chinese food? Even so, these were the farm and ranch types, not hillbillies. No, those are a phenomenon of the eastern US and the fevered dreams of Rob Zombie and, more recently, the heroes of “Tucker and Dale vs Evil.”

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REVIEW: ‘The Loved Ones’ (2009)

Brent (Xavier Samuel) has the Worst. Prom Date. Ever. in "The Loved Ones".
Brent (Xavier Samuel) has the Worst. Prom Date. Ever. in "The Loved Ones".

Directed/written by: Sean Byrne
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, Victoria Thaine
Running time: 84 minutes
Rated: R

If you’ve been following along from home for a while, you know I’ve been saying there’s something wrong with the horror genre. To recap things quickly, I’ve said that a great many of the horror films that are put out today are formulaic, and quite frankly, not scary. At its base, the modern horror movie is rarely horrific: gory and gruesome, perhaps, but not scary. They all seem to take place in an alternate horror film reality too far removed from our own. However, sometimes we get lucky and someone brings the experience back home to us like as is the case with “The Loved Ones”.

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‘Jenifer’ (2005)

Jenifer from Showtime's "Masters of Horror" Series

from Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series

Directed by: Dario Argento
Starring: Steven Weber, Carrie Fleming

PLOT
Police officer Frank saves a young girl’s life only to find out that no good deed goes unpunished, for Jenifer is not a little girl in need of protection. (from tv.com)

Quickie Review
Horror generally gets a bad rap as aimed solely at hormonal teenage boys who want nothing more but a fix of blood, sex and boobs. In a court case, this could easily be Exhibit A.

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