All Hallows Eve

31 Oct

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” is likeable simply because it embraces the despise we’ve all had for stupid teenagers in horror flicks. Since teenagers are normally just fodder for the guy with the chainsaw/machete/axe, these kids aren’t normally given any real characterization and are forced to fall into the trap of the killer. This usually makes the teenage characters come off as insipid and we all feel at least a slight hint of joy when the movie finally gets rid of them. It’s hard to tell if the creators of T&DvE hated or loved these movies, but it’s obvious they’ve watched plenty of them. This movie turns the redneck/slasher genre on its head and made an obscure horror comedy. While I enjoyed the concept, the film doesn’t hold up as well as I would have liked.

Like with most slasher films, the movie starts out slow. It builds up the general premise, introduces characters, and otherwise rolls down the prologue checklist with a moderate amount of efficiency. Then, of course, things have to go wrong. The stupid teenagers come after Tucker & Dale, and end up getting themselves killed in fairly hilarious ways. The only real problem with this is that one joke is pretty much the whole movie. It’s a funny joke, but can get stale before it even finishes at its ninety minute mark. There is a nice little twist on the plot towards the end, but it’s the only real plot development the movie has. T&DvE is really fun for the most part, but it’s not the kind of movie I would be willing to see more than once. Maybe I’m not old enough yet to hate stupid teenagers that much.

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Mom's Basement Movie Article about Death Bed and  by Bruce Osborne

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (People)

Death Bed - The Bed That Eats

Sometimes I hate my own curiosity. It forces me to do things like watch “Deathbed: The Bed That Eats.” A movie made in 1977, but never released until the miracle of DVD could bring it to us in 2004. I hadn’t even heard about this film until comedian Patton Oswald joked about it on his album “Werewolves and Lollipops.” Despite the ludicrous title that Oswald made good fun of, there was something in the back of my mind that urged me to watch this film. After the first few minutes of the movie however, it created a subconscious resentment of Mr. Oswald. Deathbed isn’t even fun on a campy level. It’s not only a movie that should have never been released, but never made in the first place.

First off I want to clarify that this movie isn’t in anyway like “Evil Dead” or any other low budget horror film that managed to entertain. Horror movies are the easiest to make quickly and cheaply, which is why so many first time directors find their way into the genre. However the few low budget movies that make it, i.e. “Evil Dead,” were able to entertain on a good premise and genuine talent. Deathbed has neither of those things. As you can guess from the title, the movie is about an evil bed that is alive and eats people who sleep in it. The premise might have worked if they used it in a campy “Little Shop of Horrors” kind of way, but they actually tried to be serious about it. It also doesn’t help matters that the film just isn’t well made, even for a ’77 low budget horror flick. There is no effort in camerawork and nothing about this film screams creative. For example, you barely see the faces of the first two people who serve as victims because the use of the lighting is so bad. To top everything off the film is just creepy. Not in an eerie suspense building kind of creepy, but rather the balding guy who hangs around the park with a windowless van kind of creepy. Its use of tone and sound effects just makes you feel uncomfortable and it’s extremely hard to get any enjoyment from this film. Whoever found the negatives should have burnt them while they still had the chance.

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Mom's Basement Movie Article about Death Bed and  by Bruce Osborne

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One Response to “All Hallows Eve”

  1. chopstickilla October 31, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    I love Tucker and Dale!!! I guess I hate stupid teenagers enough that it kept me going through the whole movie :P

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