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:: Sightseers

In the past many filmmakers have tried their hardest to create the perfect horror/comedy. Through the years we’ve seen so many of those filmmakers fail miserably, of course the Brits showed us they could do earlier this year with the brilliant ‘Inbred’, and now they have done it again with a surprising Boxing Day release, the equally funny and horrific ‘Sightseers’.

Playing out like a twisted romantic-comedy ‘Sightseers’ sees the innocent Tina (Alice Lowe) having to live her life cooped up with her mother, Carol (Eileen Davies), and things seemed to have gotten worse as Carol has aged. Now she plays on the fact that she is getting frail as a way to keep Tina around the house. She now also has guilt on her side as a tragic accident, partly caused by Tina, resulted in the death of their beloved dog. But things are about to get a shake up for Carol because Tina now has a boyfriend, strange but nice on the outside Chris (Steve Oram). Much to the horror of Carol Steve suggests a caravan holiday to Tina so that he ‘can show her his world’. Finally free of her mother Tina thinks the holiday will be a lot of fun but she doesn’t plan on it turning as deadly as it does.

Director, Ben Wheatley has taken the script that stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram have created and put together one of the funniest comedy-horrors you are ever likely to see. One moment the film will have you laughing out loud due to its outrageous black comedy and the next you’ll be laughingly guiltily as someone is bludgeoned to death as the wise quips just keep coming. The key to ‘Sightseers’ working falls in the writing. So well set up are the characters of Tina and Chris that you can’t help instantly liking them and that doesn’t seem to change even when they are travelling across the British countryside killing any ‘wankers’ that Steve feel are worthy of meeting an early demise.

Aside from the writing it is the great comedic performances of Lowe and Oram that also make the characters so likable. Oram plays the lovable serial killer eerily well while Lowe announces herself as a genuine comedic genius. It may be one of the small releases this Boxing Day but ‘Sightseers’ is also one of the most gruesome… and best.