Welcome to Friday Night Flix, where there’s never a need to leave the couch or put on pants. Each week I’ll recommend an under-the-radar movie currently available on one or more of the major streaming platforms. They won’t all be classics, but every selection is guaranteed to be 100% watchable or your money back.
Welcome to October! Oh hot damn I love this month. I won’t be doing my 31-movie marathon this year because I am very busy, very important person you see. I will however use this space exclusively for horror for the next four weeks. Lucky you!
To kick things off, we have Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Netflix, Amazon). I actually reviewed this movie in 2011. I liked but didn’t love it then. It felt worth revisiting here because it’s grown in my memory into something more endearing.
Tucker and Dale are basically the reverse redneck horror cliche. They seem like they’re crazed killers, but they’re not. People just assume the worst and then when the worst starts happening, T&D get the blame. It’s a cute idea.
As far as streamable horror comedy goes, you’re not likely to do much better than T&DvE. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are both so damn loveable, even if they’re not used entirely up to their potential.
Also, there’s this:
Here’s what I had to say in 2011:
Despite its many flaws, the movie has a fair amount of genuinely decent laughs as Tudyk and Labine ad lib their way through what could have been extremely tedious relationship building. And for my money, Labine’s understated performance as a well-intentioned, insecure country oaf is by itself worth the price of admission.