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Review: Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers' - Or 'Natural Born Campers' - Is A Black-Comedy Holiday Hoot

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 9, 2013 5:07 PM
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After "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," midnight-movie manqués and buffs in the know were wondering what director Ben Wheatley would do next; the answer is, apparently, make you laugh until you sound like a hole in the side of an airplane. "Sightseers," starring and written by Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, starts as Chris (Oram) and Tina (Lowe) embark on a camping tour of Britain, various caves and pencil museums and heritage sights -- a nice, relaxing trip for a couple in their third month of going out. Things go off the rails early, though, at a streetcar museum where Chris is incensed by a litterbug…and, later, distractedly backs over the man and kills him.

Interview: Ben Wheatley Talks The Dark, Twisted & Hilarious 'Sightseers,' Says 'Freakshift' Is Next & Casting Soon

  • By Jordan Hoffman
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  • May 8, 2013 3:57 PM
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Ben Wheatley, Sightseers
After a very successful run on the festival circuit Ben Wheatley's dark and somewhat ghastly comedy “Sightseers” is finally making itself available to theater-goers in hip cities and VODers across the country. It is, in my opinion, the most assured work from the British director of “Kill List” and “Down Terrace”, a very funny vacation-comedy about pair of social misfits/lovebirds visiting mundane historical sites and leaving a trail of corpses in their wake. Written by its co-stars Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Wheatley's frequent collaborator (and wife) Amy Jump, “Sightseers” also boasts an executive producer stamp from Edgar Wright.

Watch: "This Is Not My Vagina!" Exclusive Clip From Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 11:22 AM
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A movie that recently made the list of The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer, and one that we've been singing the praises of since it premiered last year at Cannes (read our review), Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers" might be the most twisted road trip movie you're likely to see this year. But it may be one of the funniest too, delivering death and mayhem with a thick dose of dark, black humor all finely tuned by Wheatley.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' & The Potential Dangers Of Auteur Worship

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • April 16, 2013 2:41 PM
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To The Wonder, Ben Affleck Rachel McAdams
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez, managing editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an in depth conversation about Terrence Malick and his latest film"To the Wonder," and the idea of auteur worship in cinephile/critical circles (also known as vulgar auteurism).

Watch: Go On A Hellbent Holiday With The U.S. Trailer For Ben Wheatley's 'Sightseers'; 'A Field In England' Sets U.K. Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2013 10:19 AM
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We know we've droned on and on about Ben Wheatley for the past forever, and certainly the man's neverending stream of projects always keeps us on the tip of our toes. But for most of you out there, the only exposure you've had to the filmmaker has likely been through "Down Terrace" or "Kill List," and while there has been much ink spilled over "Sightseers," it spent most of 2012 on the festival circuit. Well, it's finally coming to theaters in the U.S. and a new trailer is here promising something truly unique at the movies.

Ben Wheatley Has Another New Project Set Up At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 4:18 PM
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Oh, you think your schedule is busy? Well, Ben Wheatley is here to let you know how lazy you really are. Not only has he dropped three features in the past three years -- "Down Terrace," "Kill List" and "Sightseers" -- with another one coming in 2013 ("A Field In England"), he also helmed episodes of the Brit show "Ideal," and contributed a short to "The ABCs Of Death." And oh yeah, he's got a handful of projects in the cooker too with "Freakshift," "I, Macrobane," "Two For Hell" and the animated "Mega Evil Motherfuckers" all developing. So you might not think he'd have time to make an American sojourn. You would be wrong.

Ben Wheatley Adds Another Project To His Plate, Developing Animated Movie 'Mega Evil Motherfuckers'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 4, 2013 2:23 PM
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The name Ben Wheatley would have meant very little to most people just a few short years ago, but after the incredible run of "Down Terrace," "Kill List" and "Sightseers," his is a name that almost every film fan gets excited to hear. It won't be long before we get to see "A Field in England," and he also directed a segment of the upcoming horror anthology "The ABCs of Death," but Wheatley is a prolific filmmaker and it seems that every few weeks we're hearing about another new project. And the new one this week is the brilliantly titled "Mega Evil Motherfuckers."

Ben Wheatley Has A Crime Flick In The Works Called 'Two For Hell'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 12, 2013 4:35 PM
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Ben Wheatley may be the most exciting and prolific filmmaker coming out of the U.K. right now. And the director is moving at an incredibly quick clip. At the beginning of 2011 he unveiled his shocking and disturbing hitman/horror film, "Kill List," and by the spring of the following year he had debuted his black comedy thriller follow-up "Sightseers" at Cannes. "Sightseers" hasn't even been released in the U.S. yet -- it will hit Sundance later this month -- but he's already got another film in the can called "A Field In England" (which he's described as a psychedelic period piece set during the English Civil War). And yes, it's coming soon too. During a recent Empire podcast, Wheatley said it would be finished in post-production by the end of this past December.

Ben Wheatley To Produce 'Berberian Sound Studio' Director Peter Strickland's 'The Duke of Burgundy'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 13, 2012 10:41 AM
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In each successive picture since his 2009 black comedy “Down Terrace,” filmmaker Ben Wheatley has continually evaded expectation to create a swirl of genre delights, from his hitman horror “Kill List” to this year's “Sightseers.” He's also taken a liking to producing for others as well, and as befitting his modus operandi thus far, his latest project concerns a director unique in his vision.

AFI Review: 'The ABCs Of Death' Won't Win Over Non-Horror Fans, But That's OK

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • November 16, 2012 6:05 PM
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Horror anthologies have been on the rise of late, with movies like "Trick 'r Treat," "Chillerama" and the found footage anthology "V/H/S" keeping the tradition alive. The latest anthology is "The ABCs of Death," which combines 26 shorts in what is less of an interwoven narrative like "Trick 'r Treat" or even a loosely connected anthology like "V/H/S" and more of a "Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation" of horror shorts, and we're not just saying that because of the use of animation and claymation. The end result provides a range of quality, from the inspired and creative to the lazy and insipid, but one that horror fans will certainly devour.

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