Released two months ago amid no flurry of any sort, “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” is a fine example of young talent — in this case, director/co-writer Eli Craig — finding yet one more way to freshen up a seemingly exhausted genre. The form in this case is “city folks (frequently college kids) are terrorized and/or brutally murdered by inbred, slack-jawed yokels, but what did these morons expect, driving out to the middle of nowhere?” “Deliverance” and “Straw Dogs” are the upscale end of a continuum that moves downward to “I Spit on Your Grave” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
The difference this time is that four minutes in, we switch from the collegians' point of view to that of Tucker (
The new video release is a decent transfer, with the usual extras: a commentary track with Craig, Labine and Tudyk; a 12-minute making-of; some trailers and outtakes; and a 17-minute compilation of shots, telling the story strictly from the college kids' perspective. There's also a five-minute promotional short, almost every moment of which was recycled in the making-of film: utterly redundant.
"Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" (Magnolia Home Entertainment,