Our final movie of the night – and I sat down a couple of days later and re-watched it with Mrs. Hatboy, and it stood the test of time very well indeed – was this beautiful little trope-buster.
Another enjoyable one to put to the whole The Cabin in the Woods scenario, the story revolves around a group of college kids who drive out to a lake for some drinking, sex and general revelry. All the character tropes are there. Along the way, they run into a pair of creepy, creepy hillbillies.
Things go from bad to worse while the kids are swimming in the lake and one of their number vanishes in the water, at which points the hillbillies reveal themselves, dragging the girl into their boat and rowing away, cackling “we got yer friend!” and gnawing on her face.
The result is a gory free-for-all as the college kids decide to fight back against the creepy-hillbilly menace and get their friends back. They are hopelessly, terrifyingly outclassed.
There’s a clear analogy to be made here.
Something like this. For some reason, I felt it spoke to me.
So, obviously, the twist here is that the hillbillies are just a pair of good ol’ boys headed to their vacation home (acquired at great pain and expense and the culmination of a lifelong dream) to do a bit of renovation, fishin’, beer-drinkin’ and pickled-egg-eatin’.
At which point they accidentally see one of the college kids and startle her into falling in the water, pull her out and give her CPR to save her life, look after her in preparation for her friends coming to pick her up, and basically do everything right until murderous college kids come flying out of nowhere and trying to kill the shit out of them. Failing disastrously every step of the way.
This movie has everything, from the horror cliché of the girl who always falls down and knocks herself out, to the poor cop who’s getting too old for this shit, and a pair of beautiful performances from Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as the honest, friendly, misunderstood hillbillies who just wanted to relax and enjoy their modest slice of the American Dream.
Wonderful on so many levels, even if it was slightly less hysterical the second time I watched it, while sober. Still hilarious. If you haven’t seen this movie, you are a bad person. There, I said it.