Excerpt: Director Ben Wheatley became a touted new name in horror in 2011 with his unsettling thriller Kill List , which won rave reviews out of South by Southwest. Within that film he played with genre conventions and won the admiration of critics who happily admitted they never much cared for horror...
Excerpt: Taking a much-needed break from her overbearing mum (Eileen Davies) and still grieving for the household’s long-dead dog, wallflower Alice Lowe goes road-tripping through central and northern England with her new boyfriend (Steve Oram).
Excerpt: In Ben Wheatley's films, everyone is a murderer. Irritable low-level mobsters, harried suburban hit men, persnickety serial killers—these demented egotists are all homicidal, always full of justifications for their brutal acts, and always ready to dispense them after the hammer has fallen.
Conclusion: I tried to like Sightseers , but I could not bring myself to care about its protagonists. The violence and gore are also so over the top that after a while I completely lost interest in the film. In some films they are appropriate. In Sightseers they are not.
Summary: A wicked little road-trip pic in which a tacky couple discovers that cross-country caravanning makes it surprisingly easy -- and fun! -- to knock off the more obnoxious characters they encounter en route.
Conclusion: A uniquely British blend of excruciating comedy of embarrassment and outright grue, not quite as disorientating in its mood shifts as Kill List but just as impressive a film. Whether it ruins Crich Tramway Museum for you or prompts you to recreate Chris and Tina’s pilgrimage to the Ribblehead...
Summary: Director Ben Wheatley's follow-up to his masterful 2011 thriller Kill List is a much cheerier affair, but fans of the earlier work should appreciate the ultimately all-consuming black comedy on display.
Excerpt: "Sightseers" operates on two levels. Skimming along the surface is an everyday romance between two late bloomers and beneath that, with a strong undertow, is a darkly disturbing satire studded with serial crimes. The script is clever, and the characters are sharply observed.