After director Eli Craig assembled an early edit of his first movie, the horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, he sent a copy to Sally Field. Not because the two-time Oscar-winning actress is a secret fan of such Tucker & Dale-inspiring movies as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Evil Dead 2. But because she is Craig's mother. ''Nobody was thinking [the movie] was funny,'' says the director, 39. ''So I sent a rough cut to her and said, 'Can you tell me if I'll ever work again?''' Craig had reason to worry, given the conventions-lampooning plot of Tucker & Dale, which stars Tyler Labine (Reaper) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as pals who get mistaken for homicidal hillbillies. (Craig says the original conceit was ''What if Leatherface was really just a good guy with an unwieldy chain saw?'') Fortunately, the movie earned fans in 2010 at Sundance and was later bought by indie distributor Magnet thus confirming the initial opinion of Craig's mom. ''She was the first one who said, ' This is really funny,''' he recalls. ''The encouraging thing was, I don't think she's ever seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.''