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Director/co-writer Eli Craig makes his feature debut with a simple, ingenious idea. Why are hillbillies always so nasty and evil in horror movies? What if they're really good folks, and the college students are the awful ones? The movie takes this idea and runs all the way with it, allowing audiences to catch on at their own pace.
Most of the movie's success comes from Labine and Tudyk's lead performances; the actors conjure up an appealing combination of smart, dumb, and sweet, and have a believable friendship. There's also a visceral thrill in the outrageous deaths, each so hilariously implausible that it's shocking. The characters' deadpan reactions to the situation elevate the humor all the more. Although the movie isn't as endlessly engaging as something like Shaun of the Dead, it's still an all-around winner.— Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
Mon October 24, 2022, 7:30 PM, Muenzinger Auditorium
Canada, United States of America; 2010; in English; 89 min, 35mm
Director: Eli Craig, Writer: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson, Cast: Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden, Philip Granger, Jesse Moss