Tucker & Dale vs. Evil may be one of the most famous undistributed films around, but now at last we can remove the 'undistributed' from that statement. The horror-comedy from director Eli Craig, critically acclaimed but rarely seen outside of film festivals, will finally be getting a theatrical release this fall courtesy of Magnolia Pictures' genre wing Magnet Releasing. But only after it premieres on Video on Demand for some reason.
Despite making the festival rounds in 2010, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil had somehow never managed to secure an American release, although it had been released in Kazakhstan, Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Germany and Croatia months ago. The film is about a pair of backwoods hicks named Tucker and Dale (played by Firefly's Alan Tudyk and Reaper's Tyler Labine, respectively) who go on vacation to their cabin in the middle of the woods, where they are beset on all sides by college kids who think they're serial killers. One misunderstanding follows another, and to both side's horror the body count rapidly rises. The film has quite a cult following, which is impressive since hardly anybody's seen the damned thing.
Magnolia Pictures are doing their usual thing where they release their movies on Video on Demand weeks before a theatrical release, which seems a little backwards but is clearly working for them since they keep on doing it. You'll be able to watch Tucker & Dale vs. Evil at home on August 30th, and in theaters on September 30th, according to Deadline.
Crave Online will return with more Tucker & Dale news after we get back from Kazakhstan.