Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Richard Glover, Eileen Davies, Jonathan Aris, Monica Dolan
Earlier this year, the incredibly disturbing horror flick Kill List solidified British filmmaker's Ben Wheatley's status as one of the movie game's most exciting on-the-rise talents, capitalizing on the promise he showed with his 2009 debut, the dark crime comedy Down Terrace. But cinephiles haven't seen anything yet. Sightseers, which played as one of Fantastic Fest's two "secret screenings," officially cements Wheatley's place atop the pile of currently working directors, nationality or experience levels aside.
Brilliantly written by stars Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, Sightseers exists in the same space as Natural Born Killers, though its morbid sense of humor and quirky characterizations are singularly unique. On a "holiday" road trip, a three-months-in couple (Oram and Lowe, both superb) work through their relationship's kinks while several others die gruesomely, from getting run over to having their heads bashed into huge rock. And it's all in good, twisted fun, a dose of macabre humor from a totally in command Mr. Wheatley.