Martin Scorsese Stands Behind A Field In England

The folks at Drafthouse Films are working awfully hard these days. Its documentary release The Act of Killing has been picking up a number of critics awards (I even went as far to include it on my Top 10 List for 2013). And in 2014, the film distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be releasing a fair number of new titles that have played various genre film festivals that are worth investigating.

Today it has announced the theatrical and VOD release of writer-director Ben Wheatley’s (Kill List, Sightseers) psychological horror film, A Field In England, for February 7, 2014.

Wolf of Wall Street filmmaker Martin Scorsese remarked that Wheatley’s A Field In England is “audacious and wildly brilliant – a stunning cinematic experience.”

Per the press release from Drafthouse Films, Wheatley’s film is described as period horror that takes place during the Civil War in 17th-Century England, following a small group of deserters fleeing from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley), who 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.

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