As I said in my review of Sightseers, director Ben Wheatley has carved out a niche for creating dark, insanely violent, and comically twisted pictures. The trailer for his latest film, A Field in England, has been released and provides a captivating expansion of Wheatley’s style. The movie takes place in England in 1648 and sees a group of deserters captured by an alchemist who forces the men to find a hidden treasure. However, the search descends into madness as they eat the psychedelic mushrooms from a field. There’s enough here to let you know it’s Wheatley, although the lack of humor and emphasis on the trippy visuals makes this movie feel more in line with Kill List rather than Sightseers and Down Terrace.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. A Field in England will be released in the U.K. on July 5th in theaters, TV, Blu-ray & DVD, and VOD. The film will be released in the U.S. 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.