Thursday, November 3, 2011

Quick, Robin, to the Random Cave!

Halloween has come and gone. If you know anything about me, you know that Halloween is my favorite holiday. It is the only holiday I know of that is fueled by 100% imagination. Most people look forward to Christmas or President's Day (okay, maybe not) but, for me, it is all about Halloween.

Cheers to AMC for its FearFest nonstop horror movie beatdown. Jeers, however, to AMC because 90% of the movies it showed were Halloween 1, 3, 4, 5, and H2O. Now, Halloween 1 and 2 are possibly my all-time favorite horror movies. So why didn't they show Halloween 2? A better question would be thus: Why the Hell did they bother showing Halloween III? That movie deserves to be buried in the desert with all of those E.T. Atari 2600 games...maybe even below them.

So I saw plenty of "Halloween" but not much of anything else. They didn't even show the last Halloween movie with the reality show--not a real great movie, but wildly entertaining and funny.

And Syfy...well, they tried. They try every year. Sometimes they succeed...kinda. But saying "Syfy succeeds" is like saying "Well, your car is almost totaled." And then, on Halloween itself, they totally give up and just play "Ghost Hunters" all day. Seriously? Why not just show a test pattern all day? Or maybe just show "Halloween III" all day? That might actually be better. I hate to say that.

Screw Ghost Hunters.

Syfy offered up Zombie Apocalypse (starring Ving Rhames) for their Saturday fare. We only watched the last half of it Aside from the "zombie tiger in the middle of a city" part of it, it was your average "run and gun", shoot zombies movie. Enjoyable but, again, we only watched half of it.

Instead, I offer you: Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil.

The only actor in this movie I recognized is Alan Tudyk from "Firefly" and "Serenity" fame. He played Tucker, one of two hilbillies who are minding their own business, fixing up a vacation home in the middle of the woods. College students are camping nearby and the hillbillies save one of them from drowning. They bring her back to their home to help her.

The rest of the college students believe that Tucker & Dale are vicious killers and try to stop them. Hilarity ensues when the college students start accidentally killing themselves (and each other) while Tucker and Dale are trying to survive and help, panicking and freaking out constantly.

I found this movie to be an hiliarous anti-horror movie. Now, it wasn't as funny as I'd hoped--not stomach hurting, roll out of your chair funny--but I did find myself laughing quite a bit. It's so outlandishly ridiculous and a bit over the top, but the movie itself was done very well. It's definitely worth a view

Here are your Drive-In Totals:
Dead college students: Lots
Stupid cops: 1
Chamomile tea-fu

4 stars

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