Eli Craig

Drinking Games

It’s the week after Thanksgiving, there’s Christmas music playing non-stop on the radio and people are getting pepper-sprayed at Wal-Mart during Black Friday video game stampedes. This can only mean one thing… it’s time for a kick-ass hillbilly horror comedy to come out on DVD and Blu-ray. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil had a fun little jaunt through limited release this fall, along with some premium-priced On Demand options. Now, everybody’s favorite West Virginia rednecks can come to your DVD or Blu-ray player and fight the evil that is college kids camping in the woods. And like our heroes Tucker and Dale, it’s best enjoyed with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon (in a non-ironic way), or better yet: simple generic beer!

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After a painfully long time sitting around, waiting for the right distributor to come along, playing the festival circuit (I’m pretty sure it played South by Southwest two years in a row), the excellent genre comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is finally available for viewing in your home right effing now. For those who don’t remember, this is the Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine led comedy about two rednecks who are mistaken for Deliverance-esque killers by some backwoods camping coeds. The coeds think that Tucker and Dale kidnapped their uber-hot friend (30 Rock‘s Katrina Bowden), so they go on the attack. From there, hilarity ensues. For more of a refresher, please consider my glowing Tucker & Dale review from Sundance 2010. If I can’t convince you to see this movie on VOD, I’ve failed as an advocate of fun cinema. For information about which VOD services Tucker & Dale will be on, visit Magnolia Pictures’ website to see the list. I’ve also left a few great clips from the film after the jump. If you’d like to see this film in theaters, it opens limited on September 30.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Friends With Benefits director Will Gluck teaches us proper technique in the bedroom, Another Earth star William Mapother confronts what he’d do if he met himself, and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil director Eli Craig packs for Comic-Con with us. We can bring liquids on planes now, right? Listen Here: Download This Episode

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Are you tired of negative hillbilly stereotypes in horror films? I didn’t know I was. As a southern-born gent and lifelong film geek, whether I’ve wanted to or not, I’ve continued to possess a keen awareness of how the people of my region are represented in film.

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Continuing again with my series on filmmakers who brought more than just a movie to Sundance, I had a chance to speak with Tucker & Dale vs. Evil director Eli Craig.

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