One of the interesting things about horror films is the oddly specific sub-genres therein. Take for example the “cabin in the woods” genre. This was arguably popularized by the 1980 cult classic “Friday the 13th” (and the nine following sequels, plus crossover with “Nightmare on Elm Street”). More recently, Eli Roth took a stab with “Cabin Fever,” wherein a group of teens are systematically devoured by a flesh-eating virus. In theaters right now is the succinctly-titled “Cabin in the Woods,” in which writer/director Drew Goddard (“Cloverfield) and writer/producer Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly”) turn the genre on its head with a science-fiction twist, revealing the deaths of the titular cabin's inhabitants to be orchestrated by scientists with manipulative methods and devices.
Last year witnessed the [criminally small] release of another creative variation: “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil .” The story starts out familiarly: a group of teens is out for a weekend at the cabin, complete with lots of beer and marijuana, when tragedy strikes: one of their party falls into a lake, hitting her head, and is picked up by two rednecks. The twist: the rednecks, Tucker and Dale, are nice guys who want to help return the girl to her friends. However, her friends, who have seen too many movies, launch an all-out attack to retrieve her, with hilariously disastrous results.
“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is hilarious and a hell of a lot of fun to watch. The film stars Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” “Dollhouse”) and Tyler Labine (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) as Tucker and Dale, respectively, and Katrina Bowden co-stars as the “damsel in not-so-much-distress.”
“Tucker and Dale” plays tomorrow night, Saturday, at midnight. Baxter Avenue Theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road. Further theater information can be found at the Baxter Avenue Theater website .
Image: Internet Movie Database