Horror Tropes in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Media Example

Similarly to Cabin in the WoodsTucker and Dale vs. Evil addresses some of the horror tropes that are common. All of the characters are young and beautiful, and most meet their demise because of their own actions (something which is heavily emphasized in the film). The final girl, Allison, figures out what is going on pretty early on in the film, and separates herself from her friends because of this. She takes on masculine characteristics and relates with Tucker and Dale (Clover 78). The main villain is sexually aggressive, but also has a charisma that commands the gaze of all of the female characters, who are eventually punished for following him, and victimized for questioning anything (Williams 61).

Unlike the more traditional trope, Cabin in the Woods allows one male character to live to tell the tale (well, until everyone dies), and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil allows two male characters to live to tell the tale (Clover 78).

The dramatic irony of the film makes it so that the audience does not identify with the killer, but all of the characters in the film do, because to them, they have misidentified the killer (Clover 79).

I couldn’t post the entire movie, but this trailer actually demonstrates a lot of the examples listed above.

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