HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
True Don Quixote, The
Babymother
Mitchells vs. the Machines, The
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Unholy, The
How to Deter a Robber
Antebellum
Offering, The
Enola Holmes
Big Calamity, The
Man Under Table
Freedom Fields
Settlers
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Kandisha
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Plurality
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Honeymoon
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
   
 
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
   
 
  Sightseers Murder Tours
Year: 2012
Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies, Richard Glover, Monica Dolan, Jonathan Aris, Richard Lumsden, Rachel Austin, Tony Way, Kenneth Hadley, Aymen Hamdouchi, Stephanie Jacob, Seamus O'Neill, Lucy Russell, Sara Stewart, Gareth Tunley
Genre: Horror, ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Thirtysomething Tina (Alice Lowe) lives with her elderly, domineering mother (Eileen Davies) in a quiet Midlands suburb, and there was a tragedy involving the pet dog recently which the old woman blames her for entirely, causing an already fraught relationship to grow ever more stressful for her. Fortunately Tina has a new-ish boyfriend, Chris (Steve Oram) who is going to take her away from all this, well, for a week anyway, as they have planned a caravan holiday in Northern England where they can travel around the countryside and take in the sights - what could possibly go wrong?

Quite a lot, if Lowe and Oram had any say in the matter, basing this on their stand-up comedy act about a couple who drone on about activities mainly interesting to themselves only to reveal they've been getting up to no good along the way. As a film under the direction of British rising star Ben Wheatley, Sightseers was closer to a serial killer horror inflected with deadpan humour as we were invited to laugh with the observation of the couple who initially seem to be harmless tourists, but then develop a nasty streak, a criminal pair owing something to the Hollywood idea of folie à deux as witnessed in the likes of Bonnie and Clyde.

Adopting what could have been a riproaring thrill ride in the Americans' hands and instead placing it in the most mundane surroundings possible was a clever idea, and a very British contrast, certainly one which appealed to the trendsetters when the reviews came in. But once many audiences actually gave it a go, there was a substantial group who wondered if they'd missed the joke, because frankly Sightseers could be summed up by a late on scene where Tina and Chris are stuck in their caravan at a supposed beauty spot while a hailstorm lashes its roof: it's intended to be fun, but it's really bloody miserable. Which is fair enough for a horror movie, but it did mean the laughs weren't exactly coming thick and fast.

An odd thing, that, for the rich seam of humour to be mined from prosaic British everyday life was evident in the history of the nation's comedy, whether it be affectionate or more satirical, even scathing. After the first fifteen minutes of this, it was apparent there wasn't an affectionate bone in the movie's body; in fact there was a cruelty to its tone which froze any laughter in the throat. Again, fine for a bloodthirsty shocker, but with everyone depicted with the same revulsion for modern Britain in all the pettiness, chippiness and meanmindedness of its worst aspects you were left adrift, with no-one to sympathise with. So when the jokes didn't raise a chuckle, where did that leave you?

With some tension in waiting for Chris and Tina to kick off once again - Wheatley's flair for suspense was well to the fore and remained his strongest element. When Chris accidentally runs over a boorish fellow tourist with the caravan and kills the man, something in him sees this as justice done for the victim's dropping of a wrapper on the vintage tram they were on before. But this triggers a need to right perceived wrongs Chris has and Tina is his enabler, eventually turning to murder herself for wholly spurious reasons be they jealousy of an affluent couple or a man asking them to pick up after their pet dog. Which isn't really theirs. With an episodic structure - visit an attraction, murder someone, repeat - Sightseers crept along without the necessary giggles to ease the sour mood; the main worry was not so much that Lowe and Oram hated everyone in their homeland, but that they endorsed the murderous acts of their characters as recompense for their frustrations. Plus the ending was lifted from the French and Saunders Thelma & Louise sketch. Music by Jim Williams.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1869 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: