Sightseers tells the story of Chris and Tina, played by Steve Oram and Alice Lowe. Two not-so-young lovers, trying to just be together, despite the great hostility being thrust upon them in the form of Tina's elderly mother Carol, played by Eileen Davies, who lives with Tina and very much dislikes Chris.
Chris and Tina decide they have had enough of Carol and embark on their first ever caravan holiday together; an "erotic odyssey", where they plan to go to some of Chris's special places, including the National Museum at Crich, the Keswich Pencil Museum and the Ribblehead Viaduct.
We soon find out how true the saying is, that love is blind and first impressions can be misleading, as Tina finds herself to be too desperate to be loved, that she can't, or just won't let herself see anything unpleasant about Chris, even as the body count rises, along with her thirst for blood!
Before you decide that you don't want to see another run of the mill, "blood fest" flick, let me tell you, that this is anything but run of the mill! Sightseers is a brutally hilarious, exceedingly witty and viciously cynical film, in which Chris and Tina will destroy anyone and everything that gets in their way, without even batting an eye lid. But don't get me wrong, Chris and Tina are an extremely mismatched couple indeed and they know it, These two are the opposite of the lovers portrayed in Bonnie and Clyde and Natural Born Killers, which just adds to the hilarity of it all!
Sightseers is the epitome of all thing English, is strangely romantic, hilarious, exceedingly bloody and on a deeper level, weirdly moving?
For a film done on a seemingly shoe-string budget, the direction by Ben Wheatley, the script by Steve Oram, Alice Lowe and Amy Jump was utter genius, the absolutely talented acting by all of the cast and the scenic cinematography, just blends together to make this absolutely marvellous film, which I believe must be seen at least once by everyone with a good sense for dark humour!
Sightseers is rated MA 15 for strong violence and sex scenes