A Field in England
Directed by Ben Wheatley
England: 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler. O'Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. A FIELD IN ENGLAND is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley – award-winning director of KILL LIST and SIGHTSEERS.
A group of English Civil War soldiers are captured by an alchemist and fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces.
Cast: Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley
The acting, visuals, style, and dialogue make up for what is largely an incomprehensible plot for me. I really dig the director’s work and look forward to revisiting this movie again in the future.
As George W. said after Trump’s inauguration: “That was some weird shit.”
Great style & atmosphere, very artsy & weird. If you enjoyed this, you might like "Valhalla Rising" (2009) or "Dead Man" (1995).
A lot of people searching for horror probably didn't care much for this film, which is understandable. (For a Ben Wheatley film that /does/ go full-on horror, try KILL LIST, which will fuck you up far more than any slasher or splatterfest ever could.) A FIELD IN ENGLAND is not without its flaws (namely pace), but it's a well-executed psychedelic fever dream.
I enjoyed it.