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->''"Oh, hidey-ho officer, we've had a doozy of a day..."''

'''''Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil''''' is a [[SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror horror-comedy]] film made in 2010.

Quick, just how many times you have heard setups like this before? Bunch of college kids are going into a forest in West Virginia to party and generally have a good time. On [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday Memorial Day weekend]], of course. On their way to the place they encounter some weird hillbillies at the gas station. Soon [[DeadlyRoadTrip things escalate and they find themselves locked in a bloody combat]] involving the rural against the urban. Now let's take a twist on that so that the kids are ''not'' the oppressed protagonists. Here, it's the ''hillbillies''.

Meet Tucker and Dale. They are two best friends who have taken a little vacation to fix a cabin in the woods which Tucker has bought. On their way there, they ran into the aforementioned college kids at the gas station. They inadvertently give the wrong first impression and the kids are convinced that they are typical creepy backwood hicks like the ones in movies. Later on our two heroes meet the kids again when they are fishing. They accidentally scare the female lead of this film, Allison, when she's about to go for a swim and she almost drowns. They save her, but again they give the wrong impression about themselves and the college kids think they have actually ''kidnapped her''. Several accidents and [[PoorCommunicationKills more misunderstandings]] later, the planned vacation goes to south big time for our duo as they have to put their best against... '''EVIL'''.

While [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] the [[HillbillyHorrors killer hillbillies sub-genre]], this 2010 horror comedy film also works in {{aesop}}s for proper communication and against prejudice.
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!!Be careful around woodchippers, all of you:

* AbuseMistake: The college kids [[spoiler:and the police]] simply assume that Dale is doing terrible things to Allison. It doesn't help that some of the college kids overhear an out-of-context conversation where Dale boasts of having "beat the crap out of" her and mentions wanting to go back to the cabin to "finish her off" (he was actually talking about how he was beating her ''at a trivia game'').
* AccidentalMisnaming: Dale does this to ''himself'' when tongue-tied around Allison.
* {{Adorkable}}: Most of Dale's interactions with Allison come across as this.
* AggressiveCategorism: With his paranoia and prejudice against "hillbillies", Chad makes an example of the scary and not at all amusing kind.
* AnAesop: PoorCommunicationKills. Literally, in this case.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Chad gradually descends into this, ultimately becoming a nutjob with a hard-on for hillbilly murder.]]
* AnAxeToGrind: Chad's {{weapon of choice}} at first.
* BaitAndSwitch: In terms of perspective - the movie starts off following Allison's group of friends, but switches to the hillbillies after the groups meet at the country store.
* BareYourMidriff: Allison, who doesn't even button her fly all the way up to expose more midriff.
* BatterUp: Subverted. Dale finds a baseball bat and suggests using it as a weapon, but discovers it's hollow and made of plastic.
* BetweenMyLegs: The shot of Tucker and Dale holding the woodchippered guy by the legs and the sheriff in the background.
* BigDamnHeroes: Attempted several times throughout the course of the movie. However, except for [[spoiler: Dale rescuing Allison]], this only succeeds in escalating a nonexistent situation to a deadly one.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Chad keeps insisting on a black and white narrative with himself as the good guy and the hillbillies as the villains.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Defied by Jason, who deliberately avoids danger of any kind [[spoiler: until Allison's tea summit, by which point most of the white students are dead]].
* BloodKnight: Chad.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Well, they're a little guilty on one count: [[spoiler: they are liable for the Sheriff's death, as they knew that the beam was unsafe. It wasn't deliberate though - they'd just neglected to repair it with the ''rest'' of the stuff going on that day, and weren't able to warn the cop until too late.]]
* BloodyHilarious
* BothSidesHaveAPoint: Allison is really trying for this one, in her attempts to mediate.
* BookDumb: Subverted by Dale. He never finished school and thinks of himself as a total idiot as a result, but he's actually extremely intelligent and might even have a PhotographicMemory. At the very least he's stated to always win trivia games.
* BottomlessMagazines: Something like 30 shots are fired during a stand-off scene...from a 6-shot revolver.
* ButtMonkey: Tucker, who accumulates all of the nonfatal injuries throughout the film. Dale comes through without a scratch.
* CaliforniaDoubling: [[CanadaEh Alberta]] for West Virginia.
* CassandraTruth: Tucker and Dale immediately understand that no one is going to believe what really happened at the cabin.
* CellphonesAreUseless: Chad breaks Chloe's phone to prevent her from calling for help since a) he thinks it will be useless anyway since cellphones are always useless in horror movies and [[WrongGenreSavvy he thinks they are in one]] and b) he doesn't want to lose the chance to be TheHero who defeats the [[HillbillyHorrors evil hillbillies]] and saves the girl.
* ChainsawGood: Tucker accidentally cuts through a hornet's nest with a chainsaw and accidentally charges through the co-eds while swinging the chainsaw wildly at the swarming hornets. Later Dale has a chainsaw-versus-pipe fight with Chad.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Chamomile tea. Good thing the lumber mill happened to have some laying around.
** The poorly fixed column in the cabin.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Dale's thing for being able to remember ''any'' bit of trivia.
** Inverted by Chad's axe. Chad practices throwing it several times, but it's Dale who actually throws and hits something important with it. He's shocked that it actually worked.
* ChildByRape: [[spoiler:Chad believes his father was one of the victims of the Memorial Day massacre. He was actually the perpetrator, a serial killer and rapist who attacked Chad's mother and her friends in the past.]]
* CobwebJungle: Tucker's cabin when he and Dale enter it. They proclaim proudly that it's just a little dusty.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Tucker and Dale find newspaper clippings of all the cabin owner's victims. All Tucker notices is the free chilli dog coupon.
** Also happens after the college kids capture Tucker.
---> '''Chad:''' I've never been so close to pure evil before. *sniff* It kinda stinks.
---> '''Tucker:''' That deodorant promised 24 hour protection!
* ConveyorBeltOfDoom: [[spoiler:Chad]] ties Allison to a log at the abandoned saw mill and when the climactic duel starts, he starts the machinery there, putting Allison in this position.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: And accidental ones at that.
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Tucker's attempt at giving Dale a pep-talk at the start.
-->'''Tucker''': ''You'' are a good-lookin' man... more or less. You got a damn good heart. [''{{Beat}}''] That's two things right there.
* DamselInDistress: When Tucker and Dale pick up Allison from the lake, the other college kids think she's in this position. She is put into this role for real in the climax.
* DeadlyDodging: Tucker dodges Mike's tackle when he bends down to pick up more wood, sending Mike into the wood chipper. Later he dodges Jason's weed whacker, so it goes right into Naomi's face. [[spoiler: It's subverted here, though, since she survives the weed whacker assault, only to die later when the cabin burns down.]]
* DeadlyRoadTrip: A deconstruction of the trope for the teens, though it's deconstructed by virtue of being played straight from the POV of Tucker and Dale.
* DeconstructiveParody: The film does this for HillbillyHorrors by making the ''hillbillies'' the heroic protagonists. The college kids only ''think'' that the GoodOlBoy main characters are evil, and end up killing themselves in BloodyHilarious ways through their own stupidity, [[spoiler:before one of them (the guy who would otherwise be the male hero in a typical slasher film) goes AxCrazy out of prejudice against the hillbillies]].
* DecoyProtagonist: The college kids. [[spoiler:One of them's even the BigBad.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Chad.]] Subverted; [[spoiler:he lives at least long enough to kill the news reporter and cameraman who appear on the scene after the incident is over]].
* DistractedByTheSexy: When Dale is digging a hole for the outhouse, Allison asks him what he is doing. Distracted by her figure, Dale struggles for a while to understand what she's saying.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
-->It's true, Chad... You're half hillbilly.
-->It can't be. They lied to me. How could they?
* DoggedNiceGuy: Dale.
* DontGoInTheWoods: Deadly accidents and misunderstandings happen there.
* DumbIsGood: Tucker and Dale are both rather oblivious to the rather obvious signs of what's going on around them, Dale in particular. When they first enter their new cabin, Tucker sees what appear to be human ribs dangling from an improvised wind chime. His response? Some kind of archeologist must have lived there. And when Dale sees all the newspaper clippings from the [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday Memorial Day Massacre]], both of their attention is drawn to the 'Buy 3 get 2 free' coupon for a local chili dog shop that doesn't have an expiration date. It's almost enviable how the two can move into what's clearly a decrepit cabin in the woods formerly owned by a psychopath and yet be overjoyed at finally having a vacation home that just needs some fixing-up.
* EntitledToHaveYou: [[spoiler: Chad]] has this for Allison who he believes he is entitled to because they are both 'special' and proceeds to [[spoiler: go (even more) crazy when she falls for Dale, a hillbilly, whom he sees as inferior]].
* EvilSoundsDeep: In the ''Tucker and Dale ARE Evil'' recut on the DVD, Tucker and Dale's voices are noticeably lowered to make them seem like monstrous psychos.
* {{Fanservice}}: Allison undressing for a swim and Chloe topless(distantly) during said swim.
* FinalGirl: Allison, thanks to her friends.
* {{Fingore}}: When the college kids catch Tucker, Chad severs two of his fingers.
-->'''Dale''': "His bowling fingers!"
* FlippingTheBird: "[[VerbThis Press pass this]]!"
* {{Foreshadowing}}. [[spoiler: When Chad successfully throws his hatchet into a tree for the first time, he uses the same motions as the hillbilly murderer when he threw his weapon (a circular saw blade) at a college kid 20 years ago. The scenes are even shot at the same angle.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Chad's hatred for hillbillies comes from the fact that they attacked his parents 20 years ago.
** [[spoiler: Well, one of them anyways.]]
* GagEcho:
-->'''Tucker''': [[DeadpanSnarker That's a good idea, Dale.]] 'Oh, hidey-ho officer, we've had a doozy of a day. There we were, mindin' our own business. Just doin' some chores around the house, when kids started killin' themselves all over my property'? He would have to be a moron to believe that, Dale!
** Then, when the kids bring the sheriff to the cabin:
--->'''Tucker''': We have had a doozy of a day. There we were, uh, mindin' our own business, makin' some improvements to my new house, when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, these kids start killin' themselves all over my property.
--->'''Sheriff''': You must think that I'm some kind of moron to believe a story like that.
* GenreDeconstruction: The film is one for HillbillyHorrors, featuring the rural hicks as the heroes and the college kids as the villains. However, it's also a partial {{Reconstruction}}, since [[spoiler:Chad, the actual villain of the movie is revealed to actually ''be'' an evil hillbilly who turns into a crazed killer by the end. He just doesn't stereotypically look like one. His origin story, in which his crazy hillbilly father raped his mother (resulting in his conception), is a straight example.]]
* GenreSavvy: Some of the kids point out that they should just call the police and leave, but Chad forces them to stay, convinced that they had to confront the hillbillies by themselves. One of them ''does'' manage to drive back and get the sheriff, but unfortunately he didn't last too long.
* GenreShift: Spending most of the film parodying the horror genre through a PerspectiveFlip and a noticeable [[HanlonsRazor lack of any actual evil]], only for the last act to be a more traditional comedy-horror with a definite villain.
* GentleGiant: Dale. He doesn't even like fishing.
* GoshHornet: While sawing a tree, Tucker accidentally strikes a hornets nest. HilarityEnsues. And one fatality.
* GroinAttack: Narrowly averted when Dale accidentally triggers the trap set by the college kids.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: One of the college kids, when he attempts to attack Tucker and ends up in the woodchipper by accident. Tucker and Dale drag his legs out in shock, but [[NotWhatItLooksLike the local sherrif arrives at precisely this point]].
* HanlonsRazor: In full, ''full'' force for most of the film.
* HiddenDepths:
** Dale is a trivia genius and much more bold than his timid personality would suggest.
** And despite her looking like the embodiment of SlashersPreferBlondes, Allison reveals that she grew up on a farm, and was no stranger to digging a hole for an outhouse.
* HillbillyHorrors: Inverted and deconstructed, as Tucker and Dale are the heroes. [[spoiler:But then...]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: All of the co-eds are killed by their own or each other's hand.
* HollywoodDarkness
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: It's Memorial Day! Just like it was 20 years ago...
* HowWeGotHere: The movie opens with found footage of a news reporter and her cameraman being killed by an insane TwoFaced man. The reporter's extremely outdated haircut may lead one to believe that it has something to do with the Memorial Day Massacre that took place 20 years prior to the rest of the story. The viewer will realize as the movie ends that this is actually the ''last'' chronological scene in the movie, and that the insane killer is [[spoiler:Chad]].
* IdiotSavant: Dale has a remarkable memory, but little education.
* [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace I Just Shot Myself In The Face]]: One of the college kids is aiming for Tucker and Dale with a gun, but can't get it to fire. Dale, panicking, gives him a bit of useful, albeit situationally mistimed advice to [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont switch the safety off]]. The kid frantically struggles with it and ends up shooting himself in the face.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Mitch manages to kill himself by running into a tree branch. Later, Todd trips and fall on his makeshift spear.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Dale manages to sever the rope tying Allison by ''throwing an axe''. He is visibly surprised at the result. It is also worth pointing out that he failed to cut it with a ''chain saw'' moments earlier.
* InTheBlood. Invoked by Chad early on to say that all hillbillies are evil. Later, [[spoiler: it turns out that Chad, with his murderous rage and rapist overtures towards Allison, is the son of a murderous hillbilly and was conceived via rape]].
* IOweYouMyLife: Allison stays with Tucker and Dale for the time as a way to pay them back for saving her life.
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:Chad would rather kill Allison then let her fall in love with a hillbilly.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: Jason with a weed whacker. It does not end well for [[spoiler:Naomi]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Chad.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:Chad goes from frat boy on a camping trip to Ax Crazy awfully quick.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: More like Threaten to Shoot the Dog, but still....]]
* KnightTemplar: Chad.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler: Chad, the rape-child of a psycho killer, who becomes a psycho killer himself. It's unknown whether the film is considering him genetically predisposed to evil, or if it was his hatred for hillbillies that brought it on, however. On the one hand, his mother being institutionalized and his being brought to the spot of the incident couldn't have been good for his mental health. On the other hand, he was a jerk and very creepy even before formally meeting Tucker and Dale.]]
* LockAndLoadMontage: Dale gets one at the saw mill when he is going to rescue Allison.
-->'''Dale:''' You want a killer hillbilly? I'll ''give'' you a killer hillbilly.
* MacheteMayhem:
** When Dale goes to rescue Tucker, he arms himself with a machete.
** Also used by [[spoiler:one of the hillbillies during the Memorial Day Massacre]].
* ManOnFire: Chad accidentally sets Jason on fire. Despite Dale and Tucker's attempts at advice, Chloe just makes it worse by dousing him with the first liquid she could grab, which happened to be highly flammable ''moonshine.''
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: The first six people to die are men. Granted, as this is a deconstruction of typical horror movies, they're putting themselves in danger rather than being hunted down, so it's somewhat understandable that the women would be safe until the gender ratio started evening out.
* MistakenForMurderer: Tucker and Dale being mistaken for killer hillbillies is the entire premise of the film.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: The hillbillies, especially Dale.
* MoralMyopia: What Chad considers the area to be, since it's a "survival of the fittest" situation out there (according to him).
* MurderByCremation: Happened to the father of one of the college kids, 20 years before the film starts. [[spoiler: Or so he thinks.]]
* MyCarHatesMe: When trying to escape from [[spoiler: Chad]] at his [[AxCrazy Ax Craziest]], Dale struggles to get the car started.
* NailEm: When Chad threatens to shoot Dale's dog Jangers, Tucker hands him a nail gun for distraction while he goes for the rescue. In typical movie fashion, it works just like a gun.
* NameAndName: Mixed with VersusTitle.
* NiceGuy: Tucker and especially Dale are so well-meaning and friendly you can't help but feel bad for them as their vacation falls apart.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: The entire premise of the films.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: One of the co-eds tries to shoot at the hillbillies, but the safety is on. Dale tells him what's wrong.
* OhCrap: Multiple points in the movie. Mike make this face when he realises Tucker was just running from some bee's, right before he dies.
* OnlySaneMan: Jason acts as this for the first half of the movie.
* ThePeepingTom: Dale calling Tucker out on doing this is what kickstarts the plot.
* PerspectiveFlip:
** A HillbillyHorrors film from the hillbillies' point of view. The movie actually opens from the POV of the college kids who go camping in the woods, before it switches to Tucker and Dale's perspective during the gas station scene.
** The DVD likewise contains a 15-minute bonus feature called ''Tucker and Dale ARE Evil'', which [[ReCut retells the story from the college kids' point of view]] [[spoiler:while removing the hints that Chad is a psychopath]].
* PhotographicMemory: Dale claims he remembers everything he hears and reads.
* PoliceAreUseless: The local sheriff is kind of an idiot. He mistakes Tucker and Dale for gay lovers and later follows them inside the murder cabin. Even the airheaded teens can't believe he's so stupid - deciding instead that he's likely working ''with'' the pair, a subtle homage to ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974''.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: [[spoiler:Chad when it comes to hillbillies.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: The Movie! [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by Allison, who explains that she's studying psychology because she feels so many of the world's problems are the result of this. She even tries to sit the main characters down to talk their way through the conflict. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Part of why the deconstruction works.
* PsychoPartyMember: [[spoiler:Chad.]]
* RescueRomance: Develops between Dale and Allison after her near-drowning. [[spoiler: Turns into a serious relationship when Dale later rescues Allison from Chad.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Dale.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 Tucker spinning around with the chainsaw]]
** [[Franchise/EvilDead Chad's burned face near the end]]
** The music playing when the friends meet the cop is usually played during a TotalPartyKill in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''.
** Chad slices two of Tucker's fingers off. Where have we seen a movie about a [[WrongTurn three-fingered hillbilly?]]
* ShovelStrike: Dale accidentally knocks Allison out with a shovel when they are attacked by Todd.
* SinisterScythe: When Dale tries to talk to the college girls at gas station, he grabs the nearest thing to look casual. Too bad that it's a scythe, and his nervous laughter isn't helping matters.
* SkinnyDipping: Invoked as the college kids claim they are going to do as they go for a swim. However, they verbally change their minds along the way and eventually bathe in their underwear.
* SlashedThroat: Shown in the flashback sequence.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Comedy dominant. The film is a straight DeconstructiveParody that flips the HillbillyHorrors genre on its head by making the hilbillies the heroes. Even the most gory deaths are BloodyHilarious and not really played for horror.
* SuicidePact: Tucker and Dale become convinced that the the college kids have one.
* SouthernFriedGenius: Dale, sort of. He didn't finish grade school, but apparently has a very good mind for trivia.
* StockholmSyndrome: When Allison tries to explain to Chad and Naomi what happened, Naomi erroneously deduces that she is going through this. Even worse is that Naomi clearly has [[HollywoodPsych only the most basic idea of what Stockholm Syndrome even]] ''[[HollywoodPsych is]]'', ("I think I've heard of this before!") much less how to diagnose it.
* TapOnTheHead: Allison is knocked out twice in a short span and spends several hours unconscious each time. She doesn't seem to suffer any lasting ill affects.
* TelevisionGeography: The movie takes place in the backwoods of West Virginia, but the foliage in the area looks nothing like West Virginia's. West Virginia forests are mostly broadleaf deciduous trees, packed rather densely, but the forest in the movie was coniferous and thin... not unlike the forests in [[CaliforniaDoubling Alberta, Canada]].
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Chad adds this few times.
* TooDumbToLive: The co-eds.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Quite a few death scenes are spoiled by the trailer. Especially the first three, which are the most abrupt and unexpected.
* TwoFaced: The left side of [[spoiler:Chad's]] face is badly burnt when he is caught in an explosion. Also Naomi, thanks to her meeting with a weed whacker.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Dale is an overweight, dirty hillbilly, while Allison is a beautiful college student. They get together.
* UnwillingSuspension: Tucker when he is caught by the college kids.
* VerbalBackspace Attempted by Dale in an effort not to curse in front of Allie, naturally leading to a bad case of DiggingYourselfDeeper.
-->'''Dale''': I'm digging a shitter hole. I'm digging a crap... crapper hole. It... it's a hole. It's for the shithouse. Craphouse! An outhouse hole.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Chad is asthmatic and allergic to Chamomile Tea.
* WindowPain: Dale breaks a window to start a firefight with the college kids.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Chad is the one who convinces the others that they are in a "us against them" situation against crazy backwoods hillbillies. It's all just a misunderstanding. Chad also thinks he is the hero of the story, while Tucker and Dale are actually the heroes.
** In fact they might have well just called this film "WrongGenreSavvy The Movie" as the entire plot revolves around this trope.
* {{Yandere}}: Chad, for Allison. Exacerbated by the fact that she sympathizes with[[spoiler: and eventually falls for]] a hillbilly.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Tucker gives Dale this speech to convince him to not only save Allison, but to pursue a relationship with her as well.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Hillbilly hater Chad is the Child By Rape of a psycho hillbilly murderer. The reveal drives him from "insane" to "totally freaking batshit insane."]]
* YouMonster: Chad believes this about Tucker and Dale, saying "I've never been so close to pure evil". He's [[ObliviouslyEvil technically right with that statement]], [[WrongGenreSavvy though not in the way he thinks]].

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