Screen Junkies » Alan Tudyk http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:07:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Tucker And Dale Vs Evil’ Red Band Makes Good On Promise http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tucker-and-dale-vs-evil-red-band-makes-good-on-promise/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tucker-and-dale-vs-evil-red-band-makes-good-on-promise/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:20:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=222142 Not that you'd expect this movie to have a G-rated trailer.

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Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil has been kicking around the festival scene and thanks to Comic-Con, it’s now on many more radars. As far as horror send-ups go, it’s got a pretty awesome premise. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as two innocent hillbillies fixing up their cabin in the woods. A carload of college kids mistakes them for creepy killers, and through a series of misunderstandings, end up killing themselves while incriminating Tucker and Dale along the way.

That is why I never go into the woods. It’s too dangerous. That and the raccoons with their creepy little hands and what are they planning anyway???

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Review: Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-tucker-and-dale-vs-evil/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-tucker-and-dale-vs-evil/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:24:18 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220037 The performances make this a fun, gory horror flick.

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To be fair, this movie has been hyped to me for over a year before I finally saw it. If I had seen it at SXSW 2010 it would have been a delightful midnight movie. I think it’s good for what it is, but not great, and we have seen great from this genre.

Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are innocent woodsmen fixing up their cabin in the woods. A carload of college kids mistakes them for creepy killers, and through a series of misunderstandings, end up killing themselves while incriminating Tucker and Dale along the way.

That hook is brilliant: two innocent doofuses (doofi?) trying to help and inadvertently causing gory deaths in the gory horror tradition. Indeed, Tucker’s chainsaw incident is a work of art, making it look like a slasher chase thanks to Tudyk’s totally sincere performance.

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Unfortunately, many of the subsequent accidents are familiar from other movies. Even some of the obvious ones are still joyfully excessive, although one blatantly totally foreshadowed early in the film. The gunshot death is especially cliché. The Coen Bros., Soderbergh and I’m sure Tarantino did that one at some point too.

The college kids do all the clichés from the horror movies with cell phone signals, splitting up and saying, “Don’t go in there.” That’s funny, and they’re all pretty much A-holes anyway. Chad (Jesse Moss) is the D-bag leader but they’re all pretty easy to hate. I thought screaming Chloe (Chelan Simmons) was adorable, in the gore fodder way she’s supposed to be.

Director Eli Craig shoots the film well. It looks like a professional movie except that Hollywood would never allow this kind of gore. He throws us some nighttime skinny dipping nakedness, although Allison (Katrina Bowden) only gets down to her undies of course.

Once Chad confronts Tucker and Dale, Allison has to keep her dialogue especially vague to maintain the misunderstanding. She tries to tell him that Tucker and Dale are her friends, but she never quite says, “They didn’t kidnap me. I almost drowned and they pulled me up to safety.” That would undo the whole story.

The film is mainly entertaining because Tudyk and Labine are so damn likeable, and Bowden plays a total sweetheart too. As festival movies go, it’s no Hobo with a Shotgun Rubber or Detention, but it’s in the same family.

 

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‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ Now With 100% More Alan Tudyk http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter-now-with-100-more-alan-tudyk/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter-now-with-100-more-alan-tudyk/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:49:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202240 To the chagrin of President Lincoln, Alan Tudyk has aligned himself with the South.

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To the chagrin of President Lincoln, Alan Tudyk has aligned himself with the South. He’ll play Stephen Douglas, the real-life politician who pwned Abe at the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates but later lost to the tall mofo in the Presidential race. Who’s laughing now, slave-haver?

In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Stephen Douglas is in league with the vampires of the South. It’s just the type of role that Tudyk can grab a hold of and chew the scenery. Hopefully, he’ll debate Benjamin Walker‘s Lincoln with kung fu. That would be memorable enough to hopefully help Tudyk pull ahead of Alan Thicke’s Google position. It won’t be easy, but we have to believe it’s within reach. (Variety)

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