tucker & dale and the instigation of internet mob culture
Re-watching Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (the parody movie where the rednecks in the woods are the hapless protagonists and its the bunch of paranoid college kids causing all the problems.)
I’d forgotten how much the situation was escalated by the one teenager who was clearly looking for an excuse to hurt people. The college kid that, at the beginning of the movie, explicitly declares himself a better person than those around him.
He’s the one who tells his friends “what’s really going on here is worse than you think.” He’s the one who insists they handle it themselves and not through official channels. He’s the one who casts his opponents as “pure evil” and says “we finally have a chance to fight back without rules.” When some of the other teenagers express uncertainty he’s the one that says if they can’t handle what needs to be done, maybe they deserve to die, too.
“We have to burn this place to the ground. Destroy it completely. You have no IDEA what this is all about, do you Allison? These freaks are evil. And they deserve everything that’s coming to them.”
I’d never realized before how closely every single plot point in the movie mirrors the way mob culture instigators will rile up the masses under the guise of “social justice”:
You assume bad faith in your opponents.
You declare your opponents subhuman and acceptable to hurt by any means.
You discourage the use of peaceful or official methods to address the issue.
You keep your followers in line through fear of the “other” and threats of ousting them into that group if they become “contaminated.”
You revel in as much chaos and pain as you can inflict–
Do you like to watch exclusively horror movies for the month of October, but the idea of watching a slasher movie right now makes you sad? Have 10 random movie recommendations!
1. Shaun of the Dead - Classic Funny Horror, ‘nuf said.
2. Zombieland - When I saw this in the theatre I was laughing almost constantly. Zombie comedy that I actually like more than SotD (sorry)
3. Tucker and Dale vs Evil - This only had a limited release in theatres so I didn’t “discover” it until it had been out for a while (it came out in 2010, I probably saw it in 2014 or 2015?) but man is it good. Alan Tudyk’s performance alone makes it worth the watch.
4. Cabin In The Woods - I somehow missed this one in theatres but saw it as soon as it was available on DVD. A love letter/spoof of classic slasher films like Evil Dead. Some genuinely scary bits though, so be aware.
5. What We Do In The Shadows - another one I missed in theatres but caught on DVD, this Mocumentary about Vampires living in New Zealand is hilarious, and I just heard it is getting a sequel about the Werwolves!
6. Hocus Pocus - maybe it is purely nostalgia, but I love all the cheesy jokes and horrible 90’s fashions in this one. I still dream of having a black cat and naming it Thackeray Binx. It holds the honor of being the one that I watch on Halloween every year.
7. Final Girls - another parody of a classic trope, this movie is about a girl and her friends who end up trapped in a Camp Slasher movie that the main character’s now-dead mom starred in. It is funny and sadly sweet too.
8. The Mummy - you know how you have that movie that you have seen so many times you didn’t realize you could quote the whole thing. This is that movie. More adventure than horror, but it has enough horror elements that it qualifies to me.
9. Warm Bodies - okay this one isn’t really funny, but it doesn’t really fit with the scary horror movies either. Ultimately it really is a teen love story movie, but with Shakespeare and Zombies. The book is amazing, and I was really happy with the transfer to screen, which is very rare.
10. Deep Blue Sea - this one probably isn’t meant to be funny, but it is so bad I laugh every time I watch it. Slasher movie, but with sharks!
Mr. Priest is a ruthless, dangerous and violent bounty hunter working for Blackwing, he will be played by Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One) According to Alan Tudyk the character “ has big weapons and shoots massive guns” he also referred to his character as “ bad-evil.” Mr. Priest thinks the anomalies (Blackwing subjects) deserve to be locked up because they are dangerous and takes a great deal of pleasure in hunting them down.
The Mage is a powerful wizard who takes great pleasure in doing evil and is seeking to conquer a world not his own he will be played by John Hannah (Agents of SHIELD, The mummy)
Suzie Boretonis an unassuming, insecure, depressed soccer mom who is selected for an unexpected role by the Mage, and gradually reveals her true, terrifying self to our heroes. She will be played by Amanda Walsh (Disturbia, Lost Girl)
Sherlock Hobbs is an under-stimulated, but overly enthusiastic small town (Bergsberg) sheriff who is eager to help Dirk and crew solve a new mystery. He initially arrests ‘the gang’ before letting them go because he “thinks what they’re doing is super cool.” Hobbs will be played by Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Voltron)
Tina Tevetino isa deadpan, bone-dry former bad girl-turned-cop with a “let’s just see what happens” approach to literally everything she is the deputy of Birdsberg, Montana and will be played by Izzie Steele. At the 2017 SDCC Panel Robert Cooper said “ Hobbs and Tevetino mirror Estevez and Zimmerfield but are totally different, Estevez and Zimmerfield were the normal ones, the buttoned up sort of average person perspective this year Hobbs and Tina are kinda like fans of season 1..”
Wygar Oak isa dominating enforcer for the Dengdamor royal family and will be played by Alek Paunovic (Van Helsing, Supernatural)
Mona Wilder did make an appearance in season 1 (Bart watches her advert in the hotel with Ken https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrovGrtZ_WE) she’s also seen in Amanda Brotzman’s post energy sucking Rowdy 3 vision. But she hasn’t really been introduced properly as a character, yet.
Theclown squishy toy,which is also in season 1, will make a reappearance and will play a bigger role in season 2