Theres a whole subgenre of horror movies that involve dark nights, the woods and groups of horny, not-too-bright teens. Of course, theres usually a gap-toothed, overall-wearing redneck wielding a big-ass butcher knife hunting the kids down. Not so in the horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Here, the good ol boys are actually trying to help the doomed snot-nosed kids, even if a series of misunderstandings and a growing stack of bodies makes the kids think otherwise.
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Director/co-writer Eli Craigs campy flick, which won the Midnight Audience Award at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, has been called a mashup between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Shaun of the Dead. While The New York Times might sniff in disgust, the critic from Fangoria magazine gave it a thumbs up -- or was that a claw? 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $11.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 11:55 p.m., 2011