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Magnet Releasing Snags 'Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil'

The horror comedy had its premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk
Dan Power

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up U.S. rights to Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil. It's about time somebody freakin' did.

Eli Craig's horror comedy is one of the funniest movies I've seen in years. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, and it was the last film I caught that year -- a perfect way to ride out the fest.

Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as the besieged title characters, two gentle rednecks mistaken for killers and attacked by a gaggle of college kids that have seen too many horror movies. Gore galore and great one-liners ensue. The film went on to win the midnight audience award at SXSW, as well as other prizes.

“It’s hard to imagine a horror/comedy more funny, commercial and lovable than Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil,” said Magnet exec Tom Quinn, who negotiated the deal with Thomas Augsberger of Eden Rock Media. “Its growing reputation is well deserved, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring it to U.S. audiences."

Magnet will first release the film nationwide Aug. 26 on its Ultra VOD program, then put it in theaters Sept. 30. The indie company has recently released Let the Right One In, Red Cliff, The House of the Devil, Bronson, Monsters, I Saw the Devil and Trollhunter, among others.