Dark Comedy

REVIEW: Rebecca Sayce Takes the Caravan Trip to Hell with Her Review of Cult Classic Horror-Van-Com, Sightseers (2012)

It’s some people’s idea of heaven and others of hell – the humble, British caravan break.

I have many fond memories of holidaying in a glorified tuna can. Looking out at the British coastline, running to the kids club in my best, bejewelled jeans to throw some shapes to Agadoo, and arguing over a friendly game of Taboo that lead to my sister screaming about the existence of the tooth fairy… But that’s a story for another time.

Where was I? Ah, yes, taking a trip down memory lane and pondering caravan holidays. It was a tradition for my family when I was a child to visit different coastal caravan parks and explore different towns – sampling every fish and chip special in sight.

So when I read the description of 2012 horror comedy Sightseers I was delighted. A young couple, composed of aspiring writer Chris and his girlfriend Tina, take their first romantic break together on a caravan tour of Northern England. The twist? Their road trip has a body count.

Murder, mischief and singalongs on the M1? Sign me up.

Sightseers is a film that it’s best to go into completely blindly, to be adequately shocked by each twist and turn.

All you need to know about Sightseers is it is dark. Seriously dark. And incredibly funny.

The humour and the tone of the film is deliciously diabolical and oftentimes had me both gasping and laughing at the same time. Is that even physically possible? Watch Sightseers and find out what I’m on about.

Alice Lowe and Steve Oram are absolutely spectacular in this bloody holiday horror. Their onscreen chemistry makes for a convincing couple – not overly lovey-dovey, just suitably normal and totally believable even in the most unbelievable of circumstances.

It’s something that really makes this film stand out. The utter normalcy of it’s inner characters that quickly turns into complete lunacy in the blink of an eye it seems. It keeps you gripped throughout the hour and a half runtime and left me itching for a sequel.

As Covid restrictions lift and we start to plan our next holibobs, Sightseers is a must watch: revel in the beautiful scenes of Northern England, and shudder at some bloody brilliant horror while you’re at it.

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