A Field in England is a 2013 British historical horror film directed by Ben Wheatley.
Open up and let the devil in…
England during the English Civil War. 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, 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, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.
A Field in England Reviews
“Imagine attempting a super-low-budget, rapidly shot mashup of the melancholic aesthetic of Ingmar Bergman, the comedic sensibility of Mel Brooks and the tonal uneasiness of Lars Von Trier…” The Playlist
“A deeply strange, beautifully shot horror with strong performances and stunning sound design work, though it's also frustratingly obtuse and significantly less accessible than the director's previous films.” ViewLondon
“It doesn't offer easy answers, but for many its unique take on British folklore will prove Wheatley is one of the most fascinating directors currently at work in the UK.” The List
“The moody photography and score are an unsettlingly atmospheric combination, and Wheatley’s confident direction certainly makes for a compelling watch. Bizarre, often confusing and always intriguing, A Field In England may not find a welcome home everywhere it looks. However, when treated as an experiment thanks to its unusual style and pioneering release, it is a very British film that will be talked about for a long time yet.” ScreenWatch.com
“Very physical, with intense performances and half-serious period talk, it's an impressive, haunting picture – though the sort of thing you have to meet at least halfway to enjoy.” Empire Magazine
“At times, the film's spell breaks, leaving the actors looking like a bunch of Sealed Knot re-enactors going bonkers in a field. For the most part, though, the film's powerfully unnerving mood taps into dark, deep and very weird currents of English myth.” MovieTalk
“Whether you find it startling and audacious or indulgent and incoherent, there is no denying it is an accomplished work that soars as bravado filmmaking in its exploration of deep psychological torment.” sbs.com.au
“Some of the trippiest black and white imagery you'll have seen on the big screen for a long time.” Eye for Film
“This is a film built on sensation, misdirection and randomness. The result can be maddeningly obtuse, but it's also breathtakingly lovely and genuinely unsettling.” Time Out
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