Eli Craig, director of the acclaimed short film The Tao of Pong, makes his feature directorial debut with the Canadian horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, one of the films selected for the Park City at Midnight category of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Co-written by Morgan Jurgenson, the story follows two West Virginian hillbillies who go on vacation to their dilapidated mountain cabin, but their peaceful trip goes horribly awry when a bunch of college kids show up.
Basically, it’s the story of the typical hillbilly horror film told from the other side. And as it turns out, the hillbillys aren’t evil, and are only mistaken as psycho killers through a series of misconstrued circumstances. The film stars Tyler Labine, who most people will recognize from the television series Reaper, alongside Alan Tudyk, who most people will recognize from the television series Firefly. The film co-stars Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Brandon Jay McLaren, Christie Laing and Chelan Simmons.
After the jump I’ve included the official sundance synopsis, the film festival poster, rough cut movie trailer, and a batch of production photos.
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Funny Or Die’s GI Joe parody probably has a bigger all-star cast than the actual movie. Written by Daniel Strange & Kevin Umbricht, The Ballad of GI Joe shows us what the GI Joes do in their off time for fun, through a brilliant musical number.
The list of stars features include: Laz Alonso as Doc, Alexis Bledel as Lady Jaye, Billy Crudup as Zartan, Zach Galifiankais as Snow Job, Tony Hale as Dr. Mindbender, Vinnie Jones as Destro, Joey Kern as Tomax and Xamot, Chuck Liddell as Gung Ho, Julianne Moore as Scarlett, Henry Rollins as Duke, Alan Tudyk as Shipwreck, Olivia Wilde as The Baroness, and Sgt. Slaughter as Himself. Watch the video embedded after the jump.
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We’ve known for some time now that Slither director James Gunn is working on producing a series of ”Horror Meets Comedy” shorts for Xbox Live, along with a contribution of his own for that project, Humanzee. Today he’s teased us even further by tweeting the cast for a future project—a list which includes Firefly’s Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, along with porn starlets Belladonna, Aria Giovanni, Jenna Haze, and Sasha Grey.
He’s currently being coy about specifics, but I think he may actually be alluding to The Belcoo Experiment, a project which he’s been talking about since last year. As described via his MySpace:
The Belcoo Experiment is a script I wrote on spec. It’s an ultra-violent thriller with a lot of action. It has to do with a group of 83 American expatriates who work in a building in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At the beginning of what is at first a regular, boring day, walls close up around the building, trapping them inside. A voice emits over the speaker system, forcing them through a series of murderous moral decisions.
A synopsis like that will obviously require many actors, and I could easily see him fitting in porn stars who may be able to hide their lack of acting talent by blending in with the other characters. While somewhat Saw-like, it’s also a premise that could work extremely well if handled correctly, and Gunn has certainly proven himself to be an able caretaker of genre material. If you’re a horror fan and haven’t yet seen Slither, his criminally under-appreciated 2006 film starring Fillion and Elizabeth Banks, do so now.
His decision to cast Fillion and Tudyk together again is surely born out of Firefly fanboyism, but I’m not exactly complaining. Both Fillion and Tudyk deserve to be far greater stars than the fates have dealt them, and I can only hope that this project works out well for them and Gunn. Genre projects probably won’t get any of them recognized among general audiences, but it’s certainly a nice treat for their current fans.
Update: Gunn has confirmed the project isn’t Belcoo. At least this means we have one more Gunn project to look forward to :)
Discuss: Are you a fan of Gunn’s work? Are you excited for a semi-Firefly reunion with porn stars?