If hillbilly horror comedy was an established genre, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil would be its Citizen Kane. Making his feature debut, director/co-writer Eli Craig tries to replicate the success ofShaun of the Dead. The result is a mixed bag: Craig includes familiar horror tropes and gross-out humor, yet his cast never possesses the chemistry that helped make Shaun of the Dead a classic. Moreover, Craig repeats the same joke the for the film’s duration, so once we reach the climax, some staleness is inevitable. I found myself mostly enjoying the movie, anyway, since the titular evil is from an unlikely source.