If you’ve seen Down Terrace, Kill List, and/or Sightseers, you know Ben Wheatley is an exciting filmmaker to watch, and I’m bummed that I missed his latest, A Field in England, when it played at the Toronto International Film Festival last year (Phil caught it, and you can read his review here). Thankfully, I won’t have too much longer to wait, and a new trailer and poster have been released to raise my anticipation. Simply described, the story takes place in 1648 where “Three soldiers are led by an alchemist into a mysterious field. They discover the horrors of war are nothing compared to those of the mind.” As you can see from the trailer, the picture definitely looks unhinged, and the blend of a period piece with psychedelic imagery reminds me a bit of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Valhalla Rising. I have no problem with that.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the stunning poster. A Field in England will be in theaters and on VOD on February 7th.
Via Drafthouse Films.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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, 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 is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley – award-winning director of Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers.