Continuing again with my series on filmmakers who brought more than just a movie to Sundance, they brought their hopes and dreams on celluloid, I had a chance to speak with Tucker & Dale vs. Evil director Eli Craig. As we predicted long before the festival ever got under way, Tucker & Dale was a delicious slice of satire, turning the perspective around on the Deliverance formula and making two delightful hillbillies (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) the targets of a group of crazy, paranoid college kids.
We met at the hotel pool, both fully clothed. In fact, here at Sundance people are usually clothed to excess, heavy jackets and several layers. We’re in the mountains, it’s cold. Warm though, was the reception from Eli Craig, who spoke with me about convincing actresses to take off their tops, great extras that might end up on the Tucker & Dale DVD release and what it’s like to bring a first feature film to the snowy retreat that is Sundance.
It was a great conversation, one that you can see below.