films seen
8
average score
3.25*
nationality
UK - 49 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The good stuff

Sightseers

by Ben Wheatley
Specifics
2012 / 88m - UK
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Sightseers poster

Wheatley is a blessing for UK cinema.

Solid pieces

In the Earth

by Ben Wheatley
Specifics
2021 / 107m - UK
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Wheatley's latest feels like a return to his roots in some ways. In the Earth is a small, off-kilter horror film that isn't so much creepy, gory or scary, but still comes off pretty dark and unsettling. It's not his most accessible film though and people looking for a simple horror film would do better to skip this one.

After a long lockdown, Martin joins a research team for an assignment in the woods. Together with a ranger he starts his two-day trip towards the research camp. Before they arrive at their destination they are mugged by an unknown assailant, who steals their shoes and kills their communication.

The cast is solid, even though their characters are rather simplistic. In the Earth relies more on visceral elements to get the horror across. A superb soundtrack, some trippy visuals and excellent use of the setting make this a very worthwhile film. Maybe if Wheatley could've aced the more abstract scene this would've been a personal favorite, but it's still a very worthwhile film.

Free Fire

by Ben Wheatley
Specifics
2016 / 91m - UK
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Wheatley doing a more light-hearted action film that offers plenty of smirks. A weapon's deal gone wrong, plenty of shady characters willing to cross each other and a whole bunch of killing going on. Free Fire isn't a film with a lot of depth, but it's pretty well-made and there's so much fun to be had that it's hardly an issue. Good fun alright.

High-Rise

by Ben Wheatley
Specifics
2015 / 119m - UK
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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The ABCs of Death

by Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Bruno Forzani, Adrián García Bogliano, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, Yudai Yamaguchi
Specifics
2012 / 129m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The ABCs of Death poster

Kill List

by Ben Wheatley
Specifics
2011 / 95m - UK
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Kill List poster

The inoffensive

Rebecca

by Ben Wheatley
Specifics
2020 / 121m - UK
Genre
Romance, Mystery
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Rebecca poster

Ben Wheatley remakes Hitchcock's classic (or re-adapts Daphne du Maurier's book). I'm not a fan of Hitchcock and disliked his version of the story, but was willing to give Rebecca another chance as Wheatley is at least an interesting director. The result is a decent and necessary update of de Maurier's creation.

Maxim de Winter is a wealthy Brit who falls in love with a young secretary on a vacation in Monte Carlo. He's still mourning the death of his late wife Rebecca, but for the first time in months he finds a welcome distraction. Soon after they marry, and he takes her with him to his estate in England. Not all the staff is happy to see a new face and Rebecca's memories still loom in every corner of the old house.

The cinematography is quite beautiful and the sound design is subtle but notable. The performances are all-round solid too. The build-up is slow, deliberate but effective. Much like Hitchcock's version though, the final 30 minutes feels rushed and puts too big of a focus on the narrative, which isn't all that interesting. It's a shame, but at least Wheatley offers a more than welcome improvement over Hitchcock's film.

Plain forgettable

A Field in England

by Ben Wheatley
Specifics
2013 / 90m - UK
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
A Field in England poster