Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

I love a good splatter-flick that’s also a lot of fun, and Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil did not disappoint.

Best friends Tucker (Dear Wash Alan Tudyk, I ❤ you!) and Dale (who happen to be PBR-drinking hillbillies) are headed up to their “summer home” – a newly purchased cabin in the middle of the woods where they can drink, hunt, and fish in quiet and solitude.

On the way there, they run into a group of snotty college kids who immediately brand them creepy…so later then they’re seen pulling one of the girls (Alison, played by Katrina Bowden from 30 Rock) from the water and throwing her in their boat, the college kids assume T&D are backwoods serial killers, bent on torturing and murdering their friend.

What follows is a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, which leads to bloodier and bloodier mishaps, ramping up the body count and getting Tucker and Dale into more and more trouble.

There’s splatter everywhere in this one, and it’s great, but everything is also all done with a touch of humor – and a clever nod to classic slasher film history. I don’t know if I’ve ever branded a horror film “cute” before, but if any film deserves it, it’s this one. Also, I don’t want to give anything away, but the chainsaw bit is definitely my favorite part.

Definitely recommended!


Rosemary’s Baby

31 Horror Movies I Own #26: Rosemary’s Baby

Featuring the most frightening old people I’ve ever seen (with the exception of the rigor mortis smiling couple in Mulholland Dr.), Rosemary’s Baby is a beautifully filmed piece of terror-inducing thrill.

Rosemary Woodhouse couldn’t be happier about being pregnant with her first child, until all her new neighbors start acting uber-creepy, fawning over her a little too much, and she notices her doctor is being shady as hell. To top it all off, her struggling husband snags a coveted role after a random freak accident befalls the originally cast actor…or so everyone would have Rosemary believe.

Eventually the mom-to-be figures out what’s up: she’s carrying the devil around in her belly, and he’s got a whole slew of minions making sure she’s too weak to get away or do anything to stop it.

It’s not so much the idea of a satanic cult prepping Rosemary to be the mother of Satan that’s so frightening, it’s the WAY this film portrays it. By picking what look like perfectly normal looking people to play devil worshiping, orgy-obsessed monsters, Director Roman Polanski kicked the story up a notch and delivered a masterpiece that rocks, no matter what year it is.

Despite the absence of a lot of blood of gore, Rosemary’s Baby is atmospheric, unsettling, and expertly cast—and absolutely one of the best classic horror films. I can’t recommend that you see it highly enough.

Storm of the Century

31 Horror Films I Own #9: Storm of the Century

Okay, so this is actually a horror mini-series, not a film, but I wanted to share with you people how awesome it is, because it’s hard to sell Stephen King movies. With a few exceptions (Kubrick’s The Shining and the original 1976 Carrie are the best), most SK-based horror films are totally laughable, especially the ones he adapts or writes (re: The 1997 Shining remake—gahhhh).

Storm of the Century is an original 1999 TV mini-series written by King, and it’s actually REALLY good. Like, surprisingly so. Sure, it’s a little long, I mean, anything clocking in at 240 minutes is bound to be, but it keeps a pretty good pace. And it absoultey has those signature Stephen King-ridiculous moments, like kids flying around holding hands in a dream, but eh-I’ll forgive a lot when there’s lot of blood and the ending is as good as this one.

What makes SotC so frightening is the villain, Andre Linoge (a steely-gazed Colm Feore).  He arrives in the small town of Little Tall Island at the exact same time as a HUGE snowstorm, and doesn’t wait anytime with the murderin’. He starts off by bludgeoning a helpless old lady to death, and then lets waits for the town police to arrest him while having tea in front of her blood-splattered television. (more…)