Director Eli Craig and co-screenwriter Morgan Jurgenson poke fun at horror clichés with this genre-bending comedy about a pair of harmless backwoods hayseeds who are mistaken for vicious serial killers. Dale (Tyler Labine) and Tucker (Alan Tudyk) are checking out their newly acquired "summer home" (read: dilapidated cabin) when they save the life of a gorgeous college student (Katrina Bowden) who's camping in the woods with some friends. When a series of misunderstandings leads to Dale and Tucker being labeled psycho killers by the vacationing students, the situation takes a sudden and ghastly turn for the worst. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This is one of my favorite movies. Ever. The comedic style is situational: some of it very silly and some of it very complex.
The hardest part of the movie for me was the first ten minutes. It was painfully dumb. I kept telling my husband to turn it off. But, he refused, and I fell madly in love with this movie.
It works on two levels. The first level is the most straightforward level: people are maimed, injured, and killed in very funny ways.
The second level is the more complex level. The college kids have watched one too many slasher flicks and misinterpret the actions of two good-natured and well-meaning hillbillies.
My husband is studying to become a professor of philosophy. I'm studying to become a professor of sociology. It's perhaps the smartest and most brilliant portrayal of a very complex idea in an insanely simple and entertaining narrative. We both discussed including this in some of our classes.
This is definitely becoming a part of our movie collection.