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5.0 out of 5 stars Natural born nuts in may, 14 April 2013
This review is from: Sightseers [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Sightseers is a black as night, low budget, British, serial killer, comedy road movie about caravanning. The writers and lead actors, Steve Oram and Alice Lowe developed the characters on stage, and when you read the list of people with whom they've worked, Edgar Wright, Mitchell and Webb, Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding, Graham Linehan, you'll understand that this is going to be a twisted, surreal affair.

Tina is 30, unmarried, and emotionally imprisoned by her ageing mother, who uses guilt over the death of dog Poppy in a bizarre knitting related incident. New boyfriend Chris offers escape in the form of an erotic caravan odyssey to Crich Tramway Museum, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the Ribblehead Viaduct.

The first killing is ambiguous as Chris accidentally (??) runs over a man who annoyed him by dropping litter. Thereafter the murders become more deliberately as first Chris and then Tina increasingly kill dispassionately on the merest of whims. One of the joys is seeing Chris's reactions as Tina first tries to please him, but then overtakes him. The whole thing is done in a completely deadpan, everyday sort of way which feels like the famous Nurenburg words about the banality of evil being turned into a dark, dark comedy.

The touches of detail are superb - the knitted erotic underwear, the small trophies taken from each victim and displayed on the car dashboard, Tina's obsession with jars of pasta sauce. It is also a film full of one-liners which, if it becomes the cult classic it deserves to be, will be endlessly repeated. "He completely ruined the tramway museum for me".

The clear reference points here are Mike Leigh's Nuts in May for its surgical dissection of obsessive compulsive behaviour,and then any number of homicidal road movies of the ilk of Natural Born Killers.

If I reveal my own inner Chris by complaining that the geography of Northern England as portrayed here is all over the place, then so be it.

If you are going to be offended serial killing being turned into comedy, or, shock horror, bad language, you'd better avoid. If you want a gloriously skewed comedy in spectacular bad taste, this is well worth an evening in.
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