Sightseers title

Tag line : Killers Have Never Been This Close-Knit.

SightseersChris (Steve Oram) and his new girlfriend Tina (Alice Low) are an unlikely couple. Both in their late 30s, Chris is a total dullard, fascinated with obscure museums and offbeat tourist attractions that most ordinary folk would probably be bored senseless by. Whilst Tina is an extreme introvert, who has spent virtually her entire life closeted in the family home, caring for her mother.

So when Chris offers to take her away for a few weeks on a caravanning holiday, much to the chagrin of her overbearing mother, one might assume they were in for a fairly dreary time. But we soon discover that Chris has a much darker side.

It starts at the Crich tram museum when he 'inadvertently' backs over an annoying litter lout in the car park. The police write it off as an accident, but soon after, similarly annoying people are getting shoved off cliffs, run off the road and battered to death with hiking poles. And it seems Tina has a similarly dark streak in her, as they tour around the country, leaving a trail of corpses in their wake.

Darkly humoured, featuring some hilarious kill scenes and some exceptionally disturbing knitted underwear, the film is extremely good fun and  takes great pride in poking fun at some of more bizarre tourist locations us English regard as "quaint" (in what other country would people be fascinated by Railway viaducts and 'Pencil' museums???).

The humour and self deprecating style is very "English" though, so I'm not sure how well this will translate overseas, but if you like comedy horrors like "Shaun of the Dead" or comedy programs like "The Royle Family", you should enjoy watching this.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "If the Caravan's Rockin, Don't come Knockin", "Death has a Ginger Beard", "Evil has a Knitted Jumper", "Fear has a Wet Nose".

  • The locations used in the film are actual tourist attractions and were not made up by the film makers. The Pencil Museum can be found in Keswick, Cumbria, the stone circle is the nearby Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria. The Ribblehead Viaduct is located in Ribblehead, Yorkshire, whilst Crich Tram Museum is located near Matlock Bath, in Derbyshire. Lastly, the Blue John Cavern is one of several caves located near the village of Castleton, Derbyshire, which was also the location of several scenes in "Living Dead at Manchester Morgue".

  • Alice Lowe and Steve Oram both starred in director Ben Wheatley's previous film "Kill List". They also previously worked together on comedian Steve Coogan's Live Show "Alan Partridge and other unsuccessful characters".

  • The film makers had terrible trouble selling the idea of the film to the distributors as they all said it seemed too dark. However, Alice Lowe asked producer Edgar Wright for help, and he managed to get the project green-lit.

  • Lowe and Oram actually went on a caravanning holiday round the locations in the film to get a feel for them whilst they were working on the script.

  • The film was partly inspired by the 1981 comedy "Withnail and I" about a couple of hapless youths who end up going on the holiday from hell.

  • Apparently, all the tourist attractions in the film were more than happy to appear in this as they felt it would be good publicity and the attractions themselves weren't the butt of the jokes.

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