Welcome to Freaky Friday, our ongoing series that highlights our extensive, awesome collection of free horror movies on Tubi TV. Whether you like blockbuster sequels, moody foreign films, or gore-filled comedies, we’ve got the film for your tastes. This week, we’re examining Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, just in time for the theatrical release of his biggest movie yet: Free Fire.
Is A Field in England even horror? Wheatley had dabbled in the genre before this, whether it was with the truly shocking Kill List (watch it now if you haven’t been spoiled yet) or the darkly comic Sightseers. But with A Field in England, the director explores a variety of genres – history, drama, thriller, and horror – with the film at once being all of them and none at the same time.
While the English civil war rages, deserters escape a battle and encounter two men, O’Neill (Wheatley regular Michael Smiley) and Cultler (Ryan Pope). They enlist the deserters to help them find a buried treasure, but they get waylaid by dinner. Their meal is made of (unbeknownst to them) hallucinogenic mushrooms, so their experience on the field devolves into paranoia and chaos.
If you’re only into horror for the flashily edited slasher films, A Field in England may not be the film for you. It’s in black and white. It’s set in 17th-century England. It’s very short on women running around in their underwear. But if what you love about the genre is its ability to provoke a physical response, Wheatley’s movie may be right up your cinematic alley. You sometimes feel as though you’d ingested those same fungi as the characters on screen, and their reaction is catching. It’s unsettling in the best of ways.