A backwoods villain wields a tool designed for farm chores and goes on a mindless murder spree, chopping up teenagers and anyone else unfortunate enough to find themselves in the secluded American outback. That's the movie pitch, but, alas, it's been done to death. Those flicks used to be fun. Films like Deliverance and the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre helped make people legitimately fearful of redneck culture. In an era of films like Shaun of the Dead, however, audiences are looking for something much more clever than an assembly-line-produced B-movie -- something that can be appreciated by horror-hungry fans and mass audiences alike. The Canadian film Tucker & Dale vs. Evil just might fit the bill. Rookie director Eli Craig unfolds the story of two hillbillies, played by Firefly actors Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine, who go on vacation to their cabin. The twist here is that the hillbillies are actually a couple of warm, well-intentioned guys, but are mistaken as vicious killers by a group of college students on a campout. Through a combination of unlucky circumstance and stupidity, the students start getting themselves gruesomely killed off, while Tucker and Dale are simply trying to enjoy their getaway. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival in 2010 and now is screening as a limited theatrical release nationwide. See Tucker & Dale midnight Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Tickets are $10. Call 214-764-9106 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
Fri., Sept. 30; Sat., Oct. 1, 2011