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Director Ben Wheatley and writer-stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram deliver a wicked road trip movie that successfully walks the line between dark comedy and horror.



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Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris's dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him the wrong way, over a very jagged edge. (c) IFC Film

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  • Apr 04, 2017
    My Plex account listed this movie as being a "Drama Romance Crime Thriller Horror Comedy". We laughed, but that's actually pretty accurate.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2014
    A brilliant black comedy that finds Wheatley hitting the perfect balance between his loose film-making style and a sense of scale that has been missing from his previous films. The performances from Lowe and Oram are very well observed and you can tell that they have a history together prior to the film. The film cleverly lulls you into a false sense, suggesting at first that we're closer in style to Wheatley's debut 'Down Terrace' but once on the road the observations of the two and reactions to the havoc they create brings on the comedy. You can't help but like the couple despite the terrible things they do. Definitely my favourite Wheatley film so far and one I'd like to return to in the future.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2013
    This movie didn't always click for me. I find it to be a step down from the incredible Kill List for Ben Wheatley and Alice Lowe. Yea the cast and the writing are good but I don't really see the point of the film's events. Then again, there is a touch of a very strange coming-of-age story for Tina, as her sheltered life has, in a way, made her a little more ruthless, cold, and out of control when it comes to joining Chris in the murders they commit. I think that's the best part of the story, seeing this woman, comically, come out of her shell and discover her more violent side, which she's very much in touch with. The movie does a good job at combining its darkly comedic moments with its horror elements, but in this case the comedy and the horror are actually closer, since both are pretty dark. I do think the movie's climax is very good and it shows a very dark side to the romance between these two sociopaths. But, again, it doesn't always click for me. Almost like the film was STRUGGLING for material. And the film isn't really that long at all. I still liked it, but it was lacking a certain something that would've made it just as great as Kill List. Still, it's a solid movie but one that's a bit hit and miss. The last scene is tremendous though, so there's that.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2013
    Evil has a knitted jumper. Good Dark Comedy British Film! To be honest, Sightseers isn't right for many people at all; it's what you might call a niche film. It's going to satisfy a minority audience, but those few who do relish the thought of another dark, very dark, British comedy are going to absolutely delight in it. Sightseers is woefully original, full of witty dialogue, charming characters and some of the best British Black humor I have seen in a long time if not ever. Sightseers invades the brain, it expulses laughter from the belly and at times it wriggles under the skin like white noise and scratches at the nerves. Sightseers, overall, plays out like a cross between Bonnie & Clyde and In Bruges, leading to a perfect pitch-black comedy that's not for the faint hearted. Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.
    Manu G Super Reviewer

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